Mostly Peaceful Occupy LA Injures 2 Police Officers In Chalk Melee

I was going to start with this ABC News article about the mini-riot by Occupy LA, alas, in the middle of writing about the police being called out for some nebulous pain in the ass “protest” by an unknown group, the article updated. Sigh. Anyhow

(LA Times) A confrontation in downtown Los Angeles late Thursday between police and Occupy L.A. protesters appeared to have stemmed from a sidewalk chalk-drawing demonstration, witnesses said.

At least two officers were injured and several arrests had been made.

A woman who identified herself as part of Occupy L.A. said protesters attended the monthly L.A. ArtWalk on Thursday night with the intention of showing support for people previously arrested for chalking on the sidewalk. A Facebook event advertised the planned demonstration.

They just wanted to use chalk for freedom of speech. Maybe they shouldn’t have done it in the middle of the street

Police arrived at the intersection shortly before 10 p.m. to move protesters blocking the street. At one point, an unidentified man tossed a glass bottle over his shoulder that landed in front of a line of LAPD officers gathered on Spring Street between 4th and 5th streets. The man was shot with what appeared to be a non-lethal weapon, witnesses said.

Police used batons and non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowd, which in turn threw bottles and cans at officers and chanted, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

Not throwing stuff at the police would also have been a good idea, too.

Basically, the Occutards decided they were going to ruin ArtWalk for everyone else.

Mostly Peaceful Occupy LA Injures 2 Police Officers In Chalk Melee

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