Tuesday July 25th 2017

Police Storm Occupy Los Angeles Encampment

LOS ANGELES (FNP) – Citing health and safety concerns, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the closure of the City Hall Park. Dozens of police in riot gear stormed the park dismantling camping structures and evicting Occupy LA protestors.

“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,” the mayor said on his Facebook page. “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.”

Many protestors knew this day would come. Occupy LA encampments have been set up for nearly two months now. Two days after a deadline passed, the police finally showed up and declared an unlawful assembly. The crowd booed as the police began to move in.

On Sunday the Occupy LA blog said the eviction seems to be proceeding smoothly.
“There will be an undetermined number of “residents” leftover after the exodus, but the concern for LAPD will likely be those who arrive for the festivities from elsewhere,” the blog read.

As predicted, there were some altercations. Eighty one percent of those polled on the site disagreed with mayor’s decision. Hundreds of police marched along Main Street and poured into the camp. As protestors moved onto first street police were there to meet them. Arrests were made and according to the report, many had the mouths swabbed for DNA.

Bomb sniffing dogs began to search for bombs outside city hall as protestors were loaded onto busses. Police used cherry pickers to pluck occupiers from trees. Two people were taken peacefully while a third was taken into custody kicking and screaming.

Last week the Los Angeles Police Department created a special text messaging system in an effort to communicate with the OLA protestors. To access the LAPD Occupy LA message system, simply text the key phrase “OLA999” to the number “888777” on any text capable telephone.

Image: Police arrest protester.

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