Demonstrators march on 110 Freeway by downtown LA after overturning of Roe v. Wade

Demonstrators marched on the 110 Freeway by downtown Los Angeles Friday night.

The marches and the protests prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a citywide tactical alert around 8 p.m. The protests, which is happening nationwide, come as the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had given women a constitutional right to elect for an abortion.

The protests, which started in downtown Los Angeles early Friday morning, spilled onto the freeway – specifically on the northbound lanes of the 110 Freeway from the West 5th Street – around 7 p.m. 

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The Los Angeles Police Department told the public on social media to avoid the area before the scenes eventually cleared.

Back in busy downtown Los Angeles streets, LAPD issued a dispersal order near the intersection of West 4th Street and South Main Street a little after 9:30 p.m. Law enforcement officials were spotted rushing a group of people a little after the dispersal order kicked in. 

It is unknown whether the remaining groups of people blocking traffic were either protesters or had nothing to do with the Roe v. Wade ruling. 

As of late Friday night, officials did not give a number of arrests made during Friday's series of protests. As of 10 p.m. no injuries were formally announced by LAPD.

Over in Hollywood and parts of the westside, LAPD said no incidents were reported in those areas during Friday's protests. Roads have reopened in the Hollywood area and near the federal building, LAPD said.