Los Angeles Police Beat a Justice for Janitors Protester in Century City, 1990
During a lengthy 1990 strike against building service employers in the Century City area of Los Angeles, the Justice for Janitors campaign led a major act of civil disobedience by sitting down in the middle of a busy intersection. When protesters refused to follow police orders to disperse, police moved in and beat a number of protesters with clubs. Images of police brutality spread widely in print and television, helping to turn the tide of public sentiment in favor of the janitors' cause.
“Los Angeles Police Beat a Justice for Janitors Protester in Century City, 1990,” Justice for Janitors History Project, accessed May 20, 2013, http://socialjusticehistory.org/projects/justiceforjanitors/items/show/171.