And without Pepper Spray…
The LAPD proving that they are samrter than the UC Davis Cops managed to move the last protestors from the
area by using manpower and hands on tactics….
And little or no attitude….
The Protest SHOULD continue….
But as Police Departements around the country learn the effective and safe way to deal with protests….
The Occupy Movemenet needs to decide WHERE it is going….
The taking over of parks and fighting with police who have the same gripes with their bosses as the protestors is beginning to get old….
The public as this Dog also feeling is with the GOALS of the movement…
But the means HAVE to CHANGE….
Occupy born in some Cnanadain’s marketing company needs to get its POLITICAL GANGSTER on…
And go after the people who sent the cops to unhold their rips offs of you and me….
That WILL be progress….
Most protesters seemed to eschew violence, and downtown did not see any of the violence of the kind that erupted in Oakland last month, when protesters started fires, police used tear gas and some protesters suffered serious injuries.
By early Wednesday, the last remaining protesters had holed up in a palm tree just outside Villaraigosa’s office. The protesters smoked cigars as they joked with police, at one point asking police to bring them beer.
The moment spoke to the generally light tone of the eviction. Moments before police entered the park, protesters were setting off fireworks. After they entered, a man who refused to leave told an officer: “If you give me a hug, I will leave right now.”
“Are you serious?” the officer asked with a smile. He appeared for a moment ready to comply, but then moved away.
Still, there were some moments of tension. A confrontation built early in the evening on the corner of 1st Street and Broadway, where a crowd approaching from the west, seeking to join protesters at City Hall, was stopped by a line of police wearing face masks and armed with batons.
On Main Street, one protester yelled at police: “Remember your mother! You’re not here to beat up citizens.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Sam Gray, an Army veteran, said he is angry that the city “took its word back.”
“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and in my opinion, the police are trampling on it,” he said.
Toward the end of the operation, a large group of protesters that had locked arms in the middle of the south lawn chanted to police making arrests: “You’re sexy. You’re cute. Take off your riot suit.”
Earlier in the night, at the police staging area outside Dodger Stadium, a supervisor told a group of officers that they needed to be prepared for some protesters to fight back.
“They’ve got a bunch of concrete gravel and other [things] they’re going to throw at us,” he said. “Please put your face masks down and watch each other’s back.”
Amid fears protesters had stored urine and feces to throw at officers, some were wearing white protective body suits.
The conclusion of the raid marked the end of a two-month tent city that the City Council initially welcomed, with then-Council President Eric Garcetti telling protesters they could “stay as long as you need.”
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