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Protest Outside Staples Center Brings Few Protesters, Many Cameras

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, May 17, 2010, at 05:43PM
Lakers Protest Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Demonstrators protesting Lakers' coach Phil Jackson's statements regarding Arizona's immigration law argue with an anti-immigration protester.

A well-publicized protest outside Staples Center this evening brought only a small demonstrator turnout. Approximately 30 people gathered on the edge of Nokia Plaza to protest Lakers' coach Phil Jackson's comments in which he declined to decry Arizona's recently-passed immigration law.

News media assembled for game one of the Lakers Western Conference Finals series against the Phoenix Suns gathered around the group, which briefly became animated when an anti-immigration protester carrying a religious sign started arguing with a colorfully dressed immigration reform advocate.

LAPD officers were on-hand to keep the situation from escalating, and the confrontation quieted down after a few minutes.

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