Officials Concerned Occupy LA Movement Will Turn Violent Like Oakland Demonstrations

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — There are increasing signs that the placid and peaceful Occupy LA movement could be turning more violent.

As many Oakland  demonstrators have battled police, so far, LA protesters only seem interested in the occasional conflict with each other.

Tempers are clearly starting to fray as those camping out are finding it colder and less sanitary as the days continue. Organizers have continued to stress the need for peaceful protest and many have decried the kinds of violence or vandalism seen in protests to our north.

Last week, in Los Angeles, two protesters got into a fracas and one of the men had a knife. No one was hurt, but police confirmed to the Huffington Post that the man was arrested and his weapon confiscated.

The LA Times reports that on Friday one woman was charged with setting a man’s clothes on fire and that another woman is accused of assaulting a man with a tent pole. Both women were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told the newspaper that “two felonies from the south lawn in one day? This has raised concerns for us.”

There are also reports of a man being arrested after he vandalized a statue with paint.

Protesters are also, perhaps, reacting to more push back from the city.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council originally put out a welcome mat, literally, at City Hall but the mayor said last week, the protesters were starting to cause too much property damage and wished they would find another location to vent their frustrations with the economy, unemployment levels and Wall Street greed.

Said the mayor, “they can’t stay here indefinitely.”

The protesters have been camping out since October 1, but many told CBS2’s Stephanie Abrams today, they aren’t going anywhere.

Police in Pomona, meanwhile, had their hands full today keeping about 20 Neo-Nazis and dozens more protesters apart.

Joy Benedict, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, said the anger — on both sides — was palpable and felt on both sides of the protest.

At one point, some protesters threw traffic cones at some of the Neo-Nazis. Later, some tried to throw traffic barriers. This, after the Neo-Nazis made disparaging comments about illegal aliens.

There were also protests downtown Los Angeles for “National Bank Transfer Day.” The “Transfer” protesters today shared the south lawn with Occupy LA.

Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary, was downtown rallying the peaceful crowd, even as one protester wrote on the sidewalk outside Bank of America “House Of Thieves” in chalk.

Stephanie Abrams reported protests remained peaceful even though police were ready to possibly engage.

Reich told Abrams why the crowds seem to be getting more fed up by the day. “Enough is enough. The game looks rigged. It looks as though the dice are loaded in favor of those with enormous wealth and privilege. And we…want…our country back.”

  • FFL

    We want our country back from the far left radical nut cases like the OWS crowd too.

    • Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot

      This whole thing is a joke being pushed by the Left wing media and the Obama administration trying desperately to distance themselves from their failed economic plans, and fortunately for the Democrats they have an endless supply of useful idiots that have nothing better to do then sat around for 30 days asking for handouts.

    • Stryker 21

      Break out the 50 cal automatics and take out the first three rows of morons, they will scatter like the roaches they are.

  • PeteM

    Well said!

    I see our whacky leftist mayor is getting worried now! What a jerk supporting these morons!

  • steve

    come on , the police were the first to get needlessly violent, if the protesters start to push back , its what the police have coming. you cant commit violent acts on people without them eventually comitting violent acts back , the police and the establishment have created the stage for violent uprisings, they will get what they deserve

    • Guest

      Were you there, Steve? Your post shows your ignorance. There are laws and rules of society to keep us from being animals!

  • Talega

    When protesters can’t make their point in a few days, their cause is doomed. It becomes trivialized as the rest of the world deals with living. There are seasonal jobs opening up and these folk won’t get them. If they really want to work, here is their opportunity. However, that does not seem to be their goal.

  • JS

    They can camp outside of city hall for weeks, but they can’t write their representatives. Yeah, if I’m a banker, I’m not worried.

  • randy

    And of course there is the slightest potential for violence, our tabloid-style LA media will be right there sticking mikes and cameras in everyone’s face, to catch every last savage detail. Complete with breathless on-air reporters screeching about it, “supporting” OWS and “the people” while grasping desperately for the almighty ratings dollar.

  • WeAreDoomedRK

    There is a serious problem in America. Special interest groups have stolen the American dream.

    The IRS, like the Franchise Tax Board, uses special interest groups to design the forms and instructions that Americans are required use to complete their income taxes. The problem is that the special interest groups design many of the forms and instructions so they are impossible to complete unless you know the secret hand shake. Additionally, if you don’t know the secret hand shake you have no way of knowing about all the deductions that can be used to reduce your tax liability and all the credits that can be used for free money.

    The design errors and omissions effectively create three separate tax codes. One beneficial tax code for the rich and connected, a second tax code for the entitlement class used to exchange money for votes and a third more expensive tax code for the working class.

    Federal, state and local taxes are now used by special interest groups and criminals to gain competitive advantage, rip off tax payers and retaliate against their enemies.

    This is not the America I learned about in grade school.

    Following is an excerpt from one of many letters I sent to the IRS requesting them to correct their forms and instructions.

    June 11, 2007

    Hello Ms. xxxxxxxx,
    We asked you for all the forms and instructions necessary for us to do our corporate taxes and you provided form 1120 and its instructions. We assumed that since the 1120 is the only form and instruction provided then that is all we need to complete our taxes.
    Comments regarding form 1120 and its instructions:
    1. There are no instructions for line 3 of Schedule A in the instructions for form 1120. I assume that the cost of consultants to perform consulting assignments related to income from line A should be included here.
    2. On Schedule A line 9e the reference to section 263A is not defined. Since this information was not provided then we assume it does not apply.
    3. There are no instructions for lines 7, 8 and 9. Whoever reviews these instructions is not doing a very good job.
    4. Instructions for line 16 only discuss car rental yet prior returns included office rent expense. Why are the instructions incomplete and misleading?
    5. Since form 4592 and its instructions were NOT provided we assume that we can expense all equipment purchases under section 179. We have asked for these forms and instructions in the past and have never received them. (I believe refusal to send necessary forms and instructions is retaliation because I have identified and reported to the IRS and Franchise Tax Board errors and omissions on the forms and instructions.)
    6. We were NOT provided with publication 535. We made assumptions about expenses based on prior tax returns.
    7. Schedule J Line 1 indicates that Schedule O and its instructions must be referenced to determine whether the corporation is a member of a controlled group. Since this was not provided we assume it does not apply.
    8. Schedule J Line 3 indicates Form 4626 and its instructions should be referenced for AMT. Since this form and instruction was not provided we assume it does not apply.
    9. I would like to know what credits are available to my company. However, the IRS refuses to provide me with the necessary information to take advantage of any credits that might apply.
    10. Schedule K Line 5 indicates that I need to review Section 265(c) however this was not provided.
    11. The balance sheet completed by a CPA for our 2005 taxes has numbers that do not appear to be correct. Since I was not allowed to do my own taxes in 2005 and was not provided any forms and instructions, I have to hire another CPA to redo prior year taxes. Hopefully the next CPA can get the taxes right. Observation: The IRS and Franchise Tax Board obviously do not want Tax Payers to do their own taxes. The IRS and Franchise Tax Board do not want Tax Payers to know how to do their own taxes or event to know if the tax preparation professional is doing a good job. The IRS and Franchise Tax Board make Tax Payers responsible for their taxes and do not allow them to have the information necessary to do their taxes or even know if they are correct.
    12. …

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx
    cc. xxxx xxxxxxx [Congressman]

    p.s. Based on the unnecessary complexity and omissions of information I have to ask: “Does anyone at the IRS review the forms and instructions published at Tax Payer Expense? These incorrect and incomplete forms and instructions are a waste of Tax Payer money. What special interest group benefits from these incorrect and incomplete forms and instructions?

    The above letter to the IRS, and all the other letters I and others have sent, indicate serious integrity problems at an organization that collects money from all working Americans. The lack of transparency allows people like Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and many others to steal from Working Americans and destroy Americans lives. There are articles all the time about working Americans being accused of tax fraud because they trusted a tax preparation professional. Working Americans lives are being destroyed because of the fraud and corruption promoted by a government agency that should be protecting Americans from fraud and corruption. A secret tax code is a violation of every Americans civil rights.

    My company was put out of business by money launderers with the help of the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, Los Angeles City Tax Collector and other tax collection agencies who colluded to deny me my civil rights. In my last dealings with the IRS I was told to pay over $30,000.00 of payroll taxes twice and in several years when the IRS found the payments already made they would refund the $30,000.00 double payment. (The prior year I paid over $5000.00 twice and received a refund of the over payment. The demand by the IRS to make double payments was a message that they could, and would, destroy my life if I continued to write letters that interfered with their illegal activities and their support of very connected money launderers.) Because I continued to write letters they had the City of LA tax my business at 20% of gross income. None of my competitors had to pay the 20% tax.
    I shut down my business and put five people out of work because of retaliation by criminals.

  • "Republican Empire Falls" on Deez Nuts

    “Republican Empire Falls” is a little byatchh!!!

    • "Republican Empire Falls" on Deez Nuts

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    • "Republican Empire Falls" on Deez Nuts

      Funny how “Republican Empire Falls” is such a racist. His momma ain’t. Trust me on that. LOL.


        i’am not a racist because i flush your momma down the toilet everyday!!! LOL

  • USC Trojan

    All of you whining idiots are just made at the fact that your not making six figures a year. Don’t be jealous. Sour grapes :)

  • Mehiilanheles!

    The police must be observing a certain element making up the majority of this movement.

    This supposed “movement” seems to me like a commune created to support those that don’t want to work or be part of a fast changing world with the pretext that they are occupying public spaces and expressing their first amendment rights.


    Its a commu-ne thats living inside a capitalist society.

  • Craig

    I’ve about had it with the “Occupy” movement. Now I heard that there is a battle to see who can trademark the “occupy” slogan and make a lot of money. Isn’t that against everything they believe in?

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