In L. A., Police Clash with Protesters Performing "Sidewalk Art"

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 14th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Police over-reaction continues at Occupy Los Angeles, as peaceful protesters take to performing sidewalk art.

Police find chalk to be a weapon

Last night, Friday, July 14,2012, members of Occupy Los Angeles, during their monthly "art walk" in the city's downtown area put on a colorful display of their creativity, chalking up sidewalks with art and messages. It was raining, and the chalk marks were being washed away almost as quickly as they appeared, but 140 LAPD officers, decked out in full riot gear, broke up the performance with a violent attack.

The press release

Occupy L. A. issued a press release on July 10th: "The Occupiers plan to chalk up downtown, in front of City Hall, Police Headquarters, and other spots around downtown, in exercise and enjoyment of their rights...Occupy L. A.'s plan is to widely disseminate chalk at this Thursday's Downtown Art Walk..." The Occupy movement, obviously, wanted to employ chalk messaging and drawing to spread their message and make their presence known, but L. A.'s city government had other ideas.

The cops get violent

The police, at around 8:05 pm, started getting rough, pushing people off of the sidewalks and into the streets, then herding them back to the sidewalks and ordering them to disperse. According to the post-event release issued by Occupy L.A.'s media team: "The police provoked us," said an unnamed protester, "I was pushed by cops into a garbage can, a parked car, and eventually into the street, where I was ordered back onto the crowded sidewalk I had just been pushed from."

At least two people were shot with 'stinger balls'. One man was shot in the face and another in the chest. Another witness said "The LAPD shot indiscriminately into the crowd at close range. I was trying to talk to the media and as we were talking a projectile was shot in between us."

Police arrested 19 people, charging nine with vandalism, three for assault with a deadly weapon (chalk?), two for resisting arrest, two for blocking traffic and one for attempted assault with a deadly weapon. The protesters insist, however, that they were all completely non-violent at all times

The powers that be have tipped their hand during this early summer of 2012, and they are signalling that there will be zero tolerance for even peaceful, non-violent, constitutionally protected assembly in the streets of this country. It is the last stand of a corrupt and dying empire.

Links:
Occupy - Not a Protest, but a Movement
Occupy Wall street: Creating the New Society

All photos from commondreams.org

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Demonstarations, Demonstration, Occupy, Occupy L A, Occupy Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Protest, Steve Kinsman

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Jul 2012 (#)

another great piece Steve..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you cnwriter. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Ramalingam
15th Jul 2012 (#)

The act of the police is surely undemocratic.Such attacks clearly shows, of late, democracy is hopelessly in peril.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Indeed it is. Thank you, Ramalingam

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Since November of 1963, the motto ""To Protect and to Serve" has appeared next to the State Seal on the side of every Los Angeles police vehicle. Back then one knew who they protected and served--the citizens, all the citizens of LA. Today one can only wonder if they serve and protect anyone other than themselves and their interests.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jul 2012 (#)

The L.A.P.D. is notorious for its corruption. I have a friend who was busted in L.A. twenty years ago driving a truck with a load of 100 pounds of pot. As he was led off to jail in handcuffs for a year the detective who busted him said to him: "Thanks Tony. That's really great s--t." It was now the detective's pot, and he was going to rake in megabucks when he sold it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Today the L.A.P.D. rivals the N.Y.P.D. and many other very large police departments in the corruption department, but it wasn't that way forty years ago

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Think so? I don't know. Old man Parker wasn't exactly a paragon of virtue.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jul 2012 (#)

You may be right about that Steve, but the corruption that did exist back then didn't extend all the way down to the beat cops the way it does today in LA and NY in particular.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jul 2012 (#)

That is indeed true, Jerry. Thank you for pointing that out.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Sad to see US in this state. Others, especially the nascent democracies, look up to US for guidance and inspiration. Breaking up peaceful demonstrations is more attuned to dictatorial regimes, China etc. They have to be afraid of the masses! Thanks for the share, Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Jul 2012 (#)

They are very petrified of the occupy movement, which is why they are cracking down so hard. Thanks for commenting Siva.

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