Los Angeles police riot
leads to arrests, injuries
By Jack Hood
The police riot began as a protest involving members of the Occupy LA movement. Members of the group had organized to come down to the regularly scheduled ArtWalk event in Downtown L.A. to hand out chalk as a show of support for 11 people who had been arrested over the previous month for writing on the sidewalk.
people ask, What has happened to the "OCCUPY MOVEMENT?"
The answer is that it has been crushed through the use
of BRUTAL police tactics
never before seen in the country. There can no longer
be any question that the elites are maneuvering for the
implementation of a "POLICE-STATE" – AND
IT CAN BE IMPOSED ALMOST ANY TIME NOW.
Writer / poet Anis Shivani writes:
"The most sweeping set of changes
in American history has occurred; all our cherished
freedoms annihilated beyond recognition ... SOME
TIME AGO, STREET REVOLUTION MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE STOPPED
THE PROCESS UNDERWAY AT HEADLONG SPEED. BUT NOW IT'S
TOO LATE EVEN FOR THAT." [Please see
our article, "Nasty as They
Want to Be."]
A force of 150 Los Angeles Police Department officers broke-up
a small demonstration of Occupy Los Angeles protesters Thursday
night, using rubber bullets and batons to disperse the estimated
crowd of 200. Several demonstrators and bystanders were wounded
in the confrontation, which the Los Angeles Times termed
a "melee" ...
The demonstration was called by Occupy Los Angeles in response
to recent arrests of protesters for the "crime" of writing on
sidewalks and walls in chalk. A Facebook page sponsored by the
organizers of the event read:
Wound inflicted by a rubber bullet during the chalkwalk demonstration.
"11 people have been arrested in the last month
for writing with chalk on a sidewalk, this is not a crime.
This is harassment and an attempt to stifle dissent. We will
chalk it out all over ArtWalk letting people know about the
dangers of chalking."
Several attendees of ArtWalk, a public gathering of street
artists and vendors in Downtown Los Angeles, expressed their
anger with the police response: "I was just here for ArtWalk,
I didn't think anything was going to happen, and as I walked
towards a group of people, I saw the line of police. So, I turned
around and that's when they [the LAPD] shot me. I wasn't even
doing anything wrong. I was just walking down the street. I
did nothing wrong," explained Charlie Shepherd to NBC Los Angeles
reporters as he revealed his rubber bullet wound to the camera.
In an absurd show of force, LAPD called a citywide tactical
alert—a tactic reserved only for major emergencies and
situations where public safety is generally at risk.
The brutal reaction of the LAPD to
a small demonstration of "chalkers" at a public art fair highlights
the increasing militarization of the police force in the face
of unprecedented levels of rising social inequality.
Furthermore, such an obvious abrogation of the democratic right
to free speech is no accidental occurrence. It underscores the
preparations being made by the elites for an expansion of the
struggle against austerity and budget cuts among average Americans.
ANGELES -- The number of suspects killed by police
in Los Angeles County has risen nearly 70 percent in 2011
over the previous year. The increase in police killings
come at a time when murder rates have fallen to historic
lows - 612 homicides were recorded countywide last year.
In fact, the growing reliance of the police
force on violence to control the population is not limited to
the Occupy movement. In 2011, LAPD shootings increased by 50
percent compared with 2010, and this despite a drop in the city's
crime rate for the ninth consecutive year. "We're safer
than at any time since 1952," quipped Democratic mayor and former
union bureaucrat Antonio Villaraigosa in January. LAPD Chief
Charlie Beck even boasted: "These are the three best years of
crime in the modern history of Los Angeles."
The LA Times recently noted that there were
only two areas where major crimes increased in 2011. One
of the two areas two areas to increase was shootings by police.
The LAPD has responded to criticism by proclaiming that this
50 percent increase in shootings was in response to a 22 percent
increase in assaults against police officers. Police Chief Beck
explained, "Officer involved shootings are also up—largely
in response to these kind of attacks."
But this amounts to nothing more than a blatant lie, according
to a report by Los Angeles Police Commission Inspector General
Alex Bustamante released this month. Police
officials systematically covered up the fact that the number
of assaults on police officers remained unchanged between 2010
and 2011. Bustamante's report estimates that the
police exaggerated the number of assaults against officers by
This was accomplished through a process in which LAPD officials
counted attacks on officers based on the number of officers
involved, while counting shootings by police as a single event,
regardless of the number of victims involved. In an article
earlier this month, the LA Times explained how this was
"In an incident in April 2011, for example, in which a suspect
shot at police from inside a house, the LAPD counted 16 assaults
on officers and one officer-involved shooting, despite the
fact that 15 officers fired their weapons."
Bustamante's report concluded that "as such, there does not
appear to be a clear correlation" between police shootings and
assaults against police ...
The militarization of police and the routine dismissal of
democratic rights come as the elites prepare themselves for
a greater conflict with average Americans ...
Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently bragged that New
York City has the "7th largest army in the world."
Aaron Akins writes, "... I have a feeling that seeing
their local constables in riot gear like we've seen
at Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street would have
given the Founding Fathers great pause. The right to
keep and bear arms doesn't look like much of a deterrent
to tyranny when the police are driving tanks and using
Rizer & Joseph Hartman describe one example of what's
around 9:00 a.m. on May 5, 2011, officers with the
Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff's Department's Special
Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team surrounded the
home of 26-year-old Josť Guerena, a former U.S. Marine
and veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq, to serve
a search warrant for narcotics. As the officers approached,
Guerena lay sleeping in his bedroom after working
the graveyard shift at a local mine. When his wife
Vanessa woke him up, screaming that she had seen a
man outside the window pointing a gun at her, Guerena
grabbed his AR-15 rifle, instructed Vanessa to hide
in the closet with their four-year old son, and left
the bedroom to investigate.
"Within moments, and without Guerena
firing a shot--or even switching his rifle off of
'safety'--he lay dying, his body riddled with 60 bullets.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the initial
shot that prompted the S.W.A.T. team barrage came
from a S.W.A.T. team gun, not Guerena's. Guerena,
reports later revealed, had no criminal record, and
no narcotics were found at his home.
"Sadly, the Guerenas are not alone;
in recent years we have witnessed a prolif-eration
in incidents of excessive, military-style force by
police S.W.A.T. teams, which often make national headlines
due to their sheer brutality. Why has it be-come routine
for police departments to deploy black-garbed, body-armored
S.W.A.T. teams for routine domestic police work?"
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