Words can’t even explain what down town Los Angeles was subjected to last night. It all started with some sidewalk chalk.
Prior to artwalk we had has 11 arrests in two weeks for chalking, and near 20 in the past month. Last night there were 11 arrests for chalking. The only person arrested from occupy was the first person who was arrested for chalking.
LAPD responded to the chalk with 60+ officers. Some people who were arrested for chalking last night did it in spite of watching others get grabbed around them. They were not occupiers, but they could see the tyranny and were not going to stand for it.
As the arrests grew, so did the police presence. As the police presence grew so did the crowd around them of angry bystanders who had seen people being arrested for chalking on the sidewalk, or who had themselves been shoved by the very aggressive police.
The main stream media is blaming occupy, saying LAPD was standing off with occupiers. That is false. In fact, many occupiers left after the first arrest, and headed to a fund raiser we were holding nearby. The people who were attacked by LAPD at artwalk were just the residents and visitors of Los Angeles.
Around 9:40 PM LAPD mobilized around 150 officers at 5th and Spring Streets. By then there were only a few occupiers, mostly media such as myself, and hundreds of angry LA residents. When the police mobilized so did the people, and they took the street. My estimate is the crowd was about 1200-1500 people. The police then violently arrested a small woman who dared to chalk a stick figure on the sidewalk. When the crowd saw this, they reacted.
Shots were fired, 40mm foam grenades, pepperspray rounds, and teargas, as they split the crowd in 3 to drive us away. Most of the people dispersed. Quite a few were injured by batons, and less lethal rounds. When I left there were maybe 20 people standing off with police, and about 100-200 in the bars, or watching from windows and balconies.
The entire scene was surreal. And it all started over washable sidewalk chalk. The most ironic part is there was light rain, and the chalk was washing away before the arrestees were even booked.
To watch what happened visit my ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/savagetruth it is in parts, as the police seemed to be using signal jamming technology as well.
Don’t believe or spread the lies main stream media are telling. Let the truth be known, that we live in a fascist police state, and we need to stand up for our rights before we have none at all.