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Activists Rally in LA to Protest US Police Brutality.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of US activists took to the streets of Los Angeles to protest against police brutality, a report said.

The activists rallied with cardboard coffins in Los Angeles on Tuesday to express their anger over police use of excessive forces, Reuters reported.

Protesters marched from four different directions before converging on the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

The march featured more than 600 coffins to represent more than 600 people killed by Los Angeles law enforcement since 2000.

The activists marched the coffins by Los Angeles City Hall. They also led a procession by the federal court building as well as the office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

"Los Angeles leads the nation in killing of community members by law enforcement and that has to end," said Mark Anthony Johnson, a member of Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization based in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people.

About 28 percent of the people killed by police are African-American, and 54 percent killed are Latino, Johnson told Press TV. He said residents are tired of being targeted by Los Angeles police officers.

Activists say Los Angeles county leaders have failed to hold law enforcement accountable.

"The persecution of people of color, of poor people, of homeless people, the indiscriminate killing, the injustice of it all and the lack of response by the institutions (must stop)," said David Feurtadot, a member of Los Angeles Community Action Network.

Marchers also delivered public records act requests to the LAPD and to the office of the sheriff. They want to see data on the LAPD's use of force that law enforcement has yet to make available.

The activists later marched by the office of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, calling for charges against the police officers responsible for the killings.

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