Anthony Loscano, Occupy L.A. Protester, Gets Book Thrown at Him After Two Arrests, One of Which Was Caught on Video
Nineteen-year-old protester Anthony Loscano might be the unluckiest occupier in L.A. Or maybe he's just the most aggressive. He's been arrested twice, at two different Occupy L.A. demonstrations. And in one case a lowly security guard even appeared to take part in the action.
YouTube This, apparently, is Loscano on Dec. 3.
Now he's getting the book thrown at him by the L.A. City Attorney's office.
The first arrest happened Nov. 17 at the Bank of America branch of Hope Street, when Loscano allegedly failed to move from the private property as requested by cops. The second happened ...
... over the weekend at a Bank of America branch on Broadway not far from Pershing Square.
His arrest was captured on video:
The City Attorney's office today alleged Loscano refused to stay on a sidewalk and resisted arrest during the Saturday march and demonstration:
When officers attempted to issue a citation, he allegedly resisted arrest by grasping his hands and tensing his body.
Occupiers claimed that Loscano had just been released from jail following his November arrest and that he was "beat" by cops outside the B of A branch Saturday about 2 p.m.
The suspect appears to be an active occupier who has taken some leadership roles.
Interestingly, at least one private security guard for the Downtown Center Business Improvement District is seen on video helping cops arrest Loscano.
The purple shirts, as the BID security team members are known, are enlisted to help with crowd control with big events downtown. We contacted the district to ask why one of their security guards was helping police keep Occupy in check.
Fellow occupiers are heard chanting, "Let him go. Let him go."
For the two arrests Loscano was charged by the office today with "resisting arrest, refusing to obey officer's orders, pedestrian walking in the roadway, trespass on private property, interfering with property rights and refusing to leave private property," according to a City Attorney's statement.
He's scheduled to be in court Dec. 19.