Occupy L.A. Raid: LAPD Moves In To Clear City Hall Camp [Live Video]
12:15 a.m. Police pouring out of south entrance of City Hall, onto south steps. Ordering occupiers to clear the area. Cop shoves guy with a camera to the ground on KCAL.
12:12 a.m. One thing MSM broadcasters and UStreamers have in
common: When nothing's going on, you still have to talk. Skirmish line
at 1st and Main. Chants of "We are peaceful!"
12:04 a.m. LAPD has latex gloves due to concerns of staph infections among Occupiers, per LA Times pooler.
|LAPD officers line up as they prepare to move in to City Hall Park|
11:39 p.m. Cops have heard rumors that Occupiers have "wrist
rockets" and may use them to shoot marbles at officers, per L.A. Daily
News pool. Other LAPD concerns: Occupiers may throw feces or urine. Cops
may have to use cherry picker to get the guy out of the tree.
11:20 p.m. Approximately 30 buses carrying 1200 police officers
staged at Dodger Stadium, per Reuters pool report. LAPD said police will
declare an unlawful assembly in an area a couple blocks around L.A.
City Hall. Anyone wishing to leave can do so. The rest will be subject
10:52 p.m. LAPD Commander Andrew Smith: "We're going to use as much restraint as possible." Video. Protesters at 1st and Main: "Whose street? Our street!"
10:35 p.m. Police in riot gear lining up along 1st Street and
Broadway. Gary Silbiger of National Lawyers Guild says 30 legal
observers are on hand. "We think strongly that people have the right to
assemble here," he said.
10:18 p.m. Fireworks? Yes, fireworks. Park will "close" in 12 minutes (though it is already "closed").
10:12 p.m. KCAL finds a guy who says he's out there because the Masons and the Rothschilds run the world.
10:07 p.m.: "I don't want to be arrested," said Lu Cruz, a Montebello teacher who came out to support the movement. "I do have to work tomorrow. But I will stick my neck out as far as I can to protect the Constitutional right to free speech."
|LAPD officers wait on a bus as they prepare to evict Occupy L.A.|
9:38 p.m. CBS live video shows buses of police officers on the move. Streets around City Hall being closed. LAPD on citywide tactical alert.
9:16 p.m. Reports of several hundred officers loading onto buses at Dodger Stadium. Occupiers have set up this trash-can barricade to stop them.
|LAPD Chief Charlie Beck confers with Asst. Chief Earl Paysinger at the staging area.|
7:38 p.m. Occupy L.A. has put out a Twitter-plea urging supporters to come down to City Hall before the streets are blocked off.
Mary Slosson, of Reuters, reported on Twitter that she saw 7-8 city buses, a police mobile substation, and a dozen police cars heading to the Dodger Stadium lot.
Mario Brito, one of the Occupy city liaisons, has sent out a press
release urging a "nonviolent resolution to the encampment at L.A. City
"We call on all sides to show respect and restraint," said the release,
which was joined by Good Jobs L.A. and other labor organizations.
|Destination: Occupy L.A.|
Here's four live video streams. They tend to go in and out, but at least one should be working at any given time. First, OccupyFreedomLA:
Here's another one from Occupy Oakland, who have come down to witness the L.A. eviction:
Here's another feed from CrossXBones.
And here's the view from the L.A. Times building: