For the fourth consecutive year, protesters clashed with Los Angeles County Sheriff's MPs on Tuesday after two MPs recently killed a black man.

On August 31, MPs fatally shot Dijon Kizzee after MPs began saying they saw Kizzee commit an unspecified movement injury on a bicycle. Sheriff's MPs opened fire after Kizzee, authorities claim, slapped one of them in the face, dropped a gun hidden in a bundle of clothes, and then "made a movement towards the gun."

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

In the days following the murder, protests broke out in the Westmont neighborhood, where Kizzee died, and outside the South LA Sheriff's outpost, where the MPs who killed him are stationed. MPs fired so-called less lethal ammunition at protesters on Monday after authorities declared an illegal gathering and ordered protesters to leave. Sheriff Alex Villanueva was at the place of the protest Monday evening.

On Tuesday, the protesters gathered again near the South LA station – although this time the Sheriff's Department blocked the section of the Imperial Highway on which the station is located. According to Michelle Xai, one of the protesters, about 100 people gathered east of the station around 7 p.m. near Normandy Avenue.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering and approached a crowd that was gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

At around 8 p.m., the sheriff's authorities announced with megaphones that they would declare an illegal gathering at the intersection of Normandy Avenue and Imperial Highway and gave protesters five minutes to disperse, Xai said. By then, the crowd had shrunk to 70 to 80 people.

A sheriff's spokeswoman did not respond to questions Tuesday evening and instead asked the Times to write questions about crowd control tactics.

Protesters buckled on helmets and shields and awaited a show of force from the sheriff's department, Xai said. She disagreed with a tweet from the sheriff's department indicating that the use of such equipment was evidence that the crowd was composed of "people outside the community and state who wanted to cause riot".

"People go out with shields and helmets because they know how viciously they knocked us down," Xai said.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The protesters backed up and were still facing MPs, she said, as MPs opened fire with some sort of "less lethal" round. Everyone in the crowd turned to run. Xai described a cacophony of laps in parked cars and people, authorities shouting orders over a loudspeaker, and a helicopter circling low above him with its headlights pointed at the crowd and its siren wailing.

"They were walking towards us very quickly," she said.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department declared an illegal gathering near the corner of Imperial Hwy and Normandy.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Xai and other protesters ran north in Normandy. She didn't know if anyone was arrested. Three friends were arrested and released in a similar demonstration on Sunday evening after depositing $ 500 bail each, she said.

Xai believes the sheriff's tactics of cordoning off public roads and declaring illegal gatherings are part of a nationwide trend to "end dissent".

"We have the right to be out there," said Xai, "and they are trying to silence people."

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