The Los Angeles Hall of Justice was surrounded by thousands of roses Friday, as nonprofit organization JusticeLA put together a peaceful demonstration “honoring lives we have lost to state violence and the people that continue suffering from sheriff violence inside of L.A. County jails.”
People were encouraged to bring roses to the site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., as greeters collected them and laid them along the gate of the Hall of Justice.
Justice L.A. encouraged photos posted of the event to be hashtagged #rosefromconcrete, as the event itself was inspired by the Tupac Shakur poem titled “The Rose That Grew from Concrete.”
Posts with the hashtag showed tributes to Breonna Taylor, a Louisville woman who was allegedly shot and killed after police officers broke down her apartment door while carrying out a search warrant in the wrong home. Friday would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday.
There were also tributes to a #blacktranslivesmatter cause. Poster Dahlia Ferlito said, “We have special roses to lift up queer and trans folks impacted by state violence,” and art pieces were placed along the Hall’s gate in support of transgender women.
Flowers donations were made by florists such as Whit Hazen Flowers and Flower Truck L.A. Justice L.A., which was founded by Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors had a goal of collecting 12,950 flowers to represent those jailed in Los Angeles.