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Black Lives Matter Protesters Formed A Giant Peace Sign In Los Angeles

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the iconic Randy's Donuts building late Sunday night. A group of protesters also temporarily shut down the nearby 405 freeway.

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The protest happened outside the iconic Randy's Donuts building in the city of Inglewood. CBS 2 News reported on air that the crowd at one point appeared to include about 700 people or more, though by the time the protesters formed the peace symbol it had shrunk to a few hundred people.

Protester Angelo Valentin told CBS 2 News that he went to the Los Angeles demonstration Sunday because "it's time to step up and do some action."

“We’re here tonight because several things have been transpiring in the news and a lot of times we just sit on social media and complain about it,” he said.

Protesters also blocked the 405 freeway.

Inglewood: Protestors have taken to the freeway. Blocking all lames of the 405 @FOXLA

According to the Los Angeles Times, the freeway remained closed for about 10 minutes.

The protest ultimately remained peaceful and police did not make any arrests.

About 500 #protesters in support of #BlackLivesMatter block #traffic on the 405 #Freeway in #LA on Sunday night.

Inglewood Police Lt. Gregory Held told the Times the gathering had "all been peaceful."

“There has been no reason for interference by us,” he said. The Times also reported that there had been no arrests.

Inglewood Police did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment early Monday. However, live video from the protest showed only a small law enforcement presence. As of early Monday morning, ABC 7 also had reported that the protest was peaceful.

Most protesters had dispersed after 11 p.m., though about 150 remained in the intersection, CBS 2 News reported.

Elsewhere over the weekend, more than 100 people were arrested and 27 police officers injured at a protest in Minnesota Saturday. More than 100 people, including activist DeRay Mckesson, were also arrested Saturday at a protest in Louisiana. Protests and arrests continued Sunday in Louisiana, with Baton Rouge Police taking dozens of people into custody.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Jim Dalrymple II at jim.dalrymple@buzzfeed.com.

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