LAPD Raids Occupy LA Encampment At City Hall

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — LAPD officers raided the Occupy L.A. encampment shortly after midnight Wednesday. The eviction came about two months after demonstrators first set up camp on the City Hall lawn.

People who wanted to leave the Occupy LA encampment were being escorted out by police, who said they were giving protesters every opportunity to get out peacefully.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the following statement shortly after police moved into the camp:

“At approximately 12:30 a.m., the LAPD began enforcing the closure of City Hall Park after giving those in the park a final opportunity to leave without facing arrest.

“We have taken a measured approach to enforcing the park closure because we have wanted to give people every opportunity to leave peacefully. I ask that anyone who remains in the park to please leave voluntarily.

“Our approach also recognized the human need in the encampment. Since the park closure was announced on Friday, outreach workers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority have walked through the park, assessing needs and connecting interested individuals in need with an alternative place to spend the night.

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Occupy LA protesters reamin in the front lawn of Los Angeles City Hall on November 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (source: Getty Images)

“During the park closure, a First Amendment area will remain open on the Spring Street City Hall steps.

“Once the park is cleared, it will be repaired and returned to all Angelenos to exercise their First Amendment rights.”

The first indication of the raid came when LAPD announced that they were on a citywide tactical alert Tuesday night. Groups of officers were seen boarding buses at Dodger Stadium and headed to Downtown L.A. to move the demonstrators out.

Hundreds of protesters congregated near First and Main streets, bracing for the LAPD’s arrival. Lines of people were linked arm in arm and some were even wearing gas masks in case the police used tear gas.

“I don’t plan on getting arrested but I don’t plan on leaving,” said one protester.

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(credit: CBS)

Several “Occupiers” said they had come from San Diego and had participated in the Occupy protest there. They were giving instructions Tuesday night to other protesters who did want to get arrested — to make a statement — on how to non-violently do so.

The city declared last week that residing in the encampment would be unlawful effective on Monday, but the police raid that would have resulted in the removal of the tents and their occupants never occurred.

The passed deadline made many wonder when the LAPD would enforce the mayor’s call to clear the park.

About 48 hours after the first deadline, a large number of police officers were seen gathering at Dodger Stadium to board buses. The LAPD also announced at approximately 9 p.m. that they were on tactical alert across the city because of unusual activity at City Hall.

Meanwhile, the crowd of protesters enlarged considerably at City Hall, as many were using social networks to call on the public to join their efforts to defy the city.

Protest organizers were vocal that Occupiers respond non-violently to police.

  • rm

    last sentance – who is ON PROTESTER?

    • defecating_heroes

      #Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with the dissidents being victimized by such Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank. And with the Anonymous and Wikileaks brigades.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding the latter’s addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

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  • LAlisa

    I wish these “Occupy” people would have a spokesperson at all of their events. They need a P.R. person who can intelligently articulate and explain their reasoning.

    • Maddie

      Please! The reason is all over the internet. Occupations are going on all over the world. At some point you have to stop wishing for people to educate you and begin educating yourself. Multimedia is available to you there is no excuse do your homework.

      • CC

        YES!!! Maddie, LAlisa, learn from what she just said. Educating yourself is so much better than listening to the news and letting them tell you what to believe.

      • jeremiah stuben

        Let’s not be too mean, Maddie. Lalisa is relying on CBSLA for news. The home of the incompetent. The news organization that hires pretty over gravitas. Hmm… They let Laura Diaz go and put the former Sports guy as anchor of 6, 8 and 10? Really? No wonder there are SO MANY complaints about the reporting. Channel 4 may have reporters who are a bit long in the tooth and aren’t very pretty to look at, but that’s because they are REPORTERS, not teleprompter readers.
        Lalisa, people aren’t going to do everything for you, no matter how pretty you are. Educate yourself and BECOME THEIR PR/ SPOKESWOMAN. Agree/ disagree with the message, who cares. Just EDUCATE YOURSELF!!! My guess is that you are a hiring manager; you seem just as lazy.

  • Debbie

    What’s the point of KCAL being there and/or having a heliocopter if muzzled by LAPD. Guess CBS/KCAL doesn’t have First Amendment rights either. No free press and no freedom of speech.

  • andrew rodriguez jr

    kcal 9 free speech is how u make ur money post everything on occupy la!!!!!

  • Harriet Fikse

    Count how many times Jeff N., reporter at Occupy LA tonight, said “basically”. “Basically”, it’s irritating. Stop it!

    • jeremiah stuben

      Basically is the educated person’s like. Rather than sound like a valley girl daying like all the time, they use basically.

      Out of sheer hatred for a former co-worker, I recorded a speech she gave at work and counted her use of basically. 85 times in a 30 minute presentation. I left the cassette and the basically count on her desk. You would think an an NYU grad, with MBA from Wharton would get it. Nope. Not at all. It’s very, very sad.

  • jin

    CBS special reports are really useful. Reports are all good. I really appreciate with their efforts, 10 o’clock new anchors are so unprepared. I fully understand it was a live, but their questions are not so ideal….

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  • CC

    The Kcal 9 talking heads need to stop being biased. The gentleman is so misinformed. Shut up with your opinions and just show the news. You are uneducated with the law and you are a newscaster. Report, don’t try to think and give your unlearned comments. You should be fired due to your ignorance. Your reporters are the reason I watch channel 4 news and the pros there who still know their place.

  • CC

    Go Serene, Go Serene,..Go away. Hire seasoned professionals you twits.

    • ray feinstein

      Do you REALLY think that the “news” that hires Jackie and Evelyn and allows them to dress the way they do for the weather report is going to have any gravitas? They hired Paul Magers to gain some. Pat Harvey and Sylvia Lopez are the only two in the stable of morons who can actually report. Sharon is lovely eye candy, but proved on KTLA as a field reporter that she could not report. The real reporters for KCAL and CBS2 never last more than a year, then they move on to bigger and better. The rest… Ugh, they’re on… For long periods of time, get moved into the anchor chair. I know I can’t report live, that’s why I never made it as a journalist. I TRIED it out, but when you realize you can’t cut it, yiu move on.

  • cc

    Yep, saw that too. Kcal 9 is by far the most juvenile and uneducated reporters on the air. If you have ever noticed the reporters with the inability to be journalists end up working for 2 or 9. They dream to join 4 but the simply lack the ability to be non biased and professional journalists. They love to make their own opinions known but present those as facts. Im watching six channels right now and 9 is simply a joke. Why lie about the light……

  • CC

    …you “assume” when is a reporter allowed to ASSUME AND THEN REPORT IT AS NEWS.????

  • CC

    no, you are incorrect. Occupy has offered to fully pay for the lawn and even include improvements that the city has always wanted to do. The city declined. Way to go 9, report an opinion as fact. Just shut down and put on cartoons.

  • Nate

    Good to know this money is being spent on police salary, instead of on anything else. This is while I hear the damn commentators talking about the cost of damage to the park. Who cares about a damn park when some of those people can’t afford food, a roof over their head, or even a damn education. The announcers care more about their damn flowers than they do about people, what a carefree world we live in now.

    • CC

      Very true Nate. These newscasters are so out of touch. Thanks for being an educated citizen you are greatly appreciated.

  • rc

    I get it but also there are 100,000s of RESIDENTS that pay taxes that CBS 2 and other HELICOPTERS are DISTURBING- Fly higher- IT IS totally BS and unacceptable.

  • David Kaplan

    I like to make a comment on the protesters in L.A. That is a no no.
    Chief Beck is angry. LAPD should throw the protesters out of business for good. David Kaplan of Los Angeles

    • JS

      Communism offers NO FREEDOM

      Try this BS in China and see how long you can dodge bullets.

      Ignorance kills.

  • Mad Monk

    Mayor V, and Chief Beck did this last night because tomorrow a federal judge would have ordered the protest legal, and that would have been let the OWS protesters to remain.

  • Mike

    LAPD and Occupy L.A. protesters face off

    People love to place their kids in danger. I have noticed that in the county of Los Angeles. When Parents are way too scared of anyone but are seeking to stir up trouble as the aggressors, they always throw their little child right into the fire of danger to be the first one to be attacked, did you non-parents ever notice that about the parents who are topical chicken shat trouble makers in this State of California? I have. I have personally met shanty shady parents who are so scared to face the truth of their actions that they twist the odds into their favor by using their small kids as human shields to hide behind while they threaten, harass and stalk people they think who cannot turn around and sue them, take their kid away and place their kid in child welfare protection from the parent who used them for a human shield to begin with and then toss the parent so sadly into prison for a few years on a arm load of charges and felonies and by the time they get released, no more kid for them.

    These parents at this protest are not good parents, to jeprodise their kids like this. It is a unsafe place to drag your 14 year old into and it is dumb. I am sorry if you parents read my comment and do have a problem with my opinion but all I can say is, My name isn’t fake and I am not afraid of your ridicule for my comment but do yourself a favor, leave your kid in a safe place before the next time you decide to endanger our society with your bull S! I am Mike and you can visit my website and read all about who I am and what I have going for me in my life. I am never scared of YOU.

  • Ralph

    Who cares how the news reported it !. It was about time the stupid mayor and the police chief findly grew a pair between them both and did what they should have done weeks ago. Their one minute of fame went out along time ago and these people made a mockery of our city (with the help of the mayor and police chief no less). Most of these people didn’t have a clue what they were protesting about or for or even what they wanted.

    • motsimoto

      Ralph, I could not have said it better, even I’ve tried. KUDOS! There’s a really simple solution. “If they don’t like this country, then get the HELL out of here! I hear China, Syria, and Iran will welcome any protesters with open arms!

  • loreta

    i think only a big punisment of god is going to stop all these suffering of inocent people people caused by corrupted politics and police now they feel powerfull but when god took place they are going to be like chikens. i don’t like police they feel powerfull because the gun they have these stupids ignorants same for villarraigosa and all the corrupted politicians so any way all are going fast to hell the place they belong right…..

  • "wg,af

    I would have been there too if I wasn’t such a chickensh!t with my daddy’s balls up my aS$.


    occupy deez nuts b!tch !!!!

    • motsimoto

      Yo Occupiers! I just finished taking a CR@P in my toilet bowl. Would you like to occupy it first before I flush? You people don’t stand for SH!T! If you hate this country so much, why don’t you all get the hell out of here! No one is forcing you to stay!

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  • motsimoto

    LAPD should have beaten all of them to a bloody pulp! They should all be forced to go back in to the park and clean pick up their SH!T with their bare hands! Dirty crack heads pigs!

  • motsimoto

    The cost to repair the park should come out of the Mayor and City Council Members pockets! It was they that welcomed these dirty pigs in to the park with open arms. And after two months, the stench was too much for them to bare.

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