2 Violent Incidents At ‘Occupy LA’ Encampment Worry Police

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two violent incidents at the otherwise peaceful Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall are causing concern among law enforcement officials.

Police say one woman was arrested for setting another person’s clothes on fire and another for hitting a man over the head with a tent pole.

Police Commander Andrew Smith tells the Los Angeles Times for a Saturday story that he was troubled by the two felonies on the same lawn in the same day, and it raises concerns about the camp’s future, which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said “cannot continue indefinitely.”

Villaraigosa spokesman Peter Sanders tells the Times the trouble comes from the many people on the lawn — some homeless, some just curiosity seekers — who are not affiliated with the Occupy LA protest.

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    Haven’t been following the Occupy LA, Occupy Van Nuys, or Occupy Oakland protesters, but what is their message? What’s their beef?

    • Iolanthe

      Same as everyone’s. We’re all suffering from economic injustice, even if the Right and Left are 180 degrees opposite on who they blame for it.

      The overlying theme is always “Economic Justice!”, Subthemes are stuff like “No One Should Be Able To Buy Our Government”, as lobbyists and the superrich currently do, thanks to rulings like Citizens United.

      Also, think “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people; not Government of the people, by the corporations, for the corporations” and you’ll start getting it.

    • Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot

      WHaaaaaa….Whaaaaaaaa! I’m fat, lazy and stupid with five maxed-out credit cards and was evicted from a house that I never really could afford and I’m a victim of the rich people on Wall-Street. Whaaaaa! WHaaaaa! And it’s not far that people that who work hard and make good decision in life should have something I don’t. WHaaaaa! WHaaaaaa!

  • Ron in LA.

    They are the Spirit of the Revolution.

    They will not fit, and they will not give in.

  • David

    It is a federal offense for local government to deprive the people the right to assemble peacefully. Mr Villaraigosa these protests can continue indefinitely. and it is illegal for you to try to stop it.

    1st Amendment:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925), the Supreme Court has held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government.

  • Anthony Graham

    Revolution my ass. This is a bunch of leftist idiots who are being controlled by ACORN and the unions. They lack direction, leadership, and most of all, A PLAN.

  • Jack

    How long has this been going on? and only 2 incidents, that is good if you ask me. What about the continued police brutality against the 99.99% of the peaceful protesters, but of course they are going to exploit this and get support to stop the occupy movement.

  • Mehii

    1 million in donations now. Its an alternate lifestyle birthed inside a corporate world. Astounding.

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