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.
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“Los Angeles Police Beat a Justice for Janitors Protester in Century City, 1990,” Justice for Janitors History Project, accessed October 16, 2017, http://socialjusticehistory.org/projects/justiceforjanitors/items/show/171.

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