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Wall Street-style protests target downtown Los Angeles bank

Occupy L.A. protesters march downtown
Occupy L.A. has stepped up its protests by picketing the residence of a banking executive and staging a rally Thursday in front of a downtown Chase bank branch.

About 100 protesters picketed outside the bank at 330 S. Grand Avenue beginning around 11 a.m.

Protesters initially indicated to police that they would engage in acts of civil disobedience, causing authorities to redeploy officers from around the city to the bank. But the demonstrators told police shortly before noon that they did not know what the extent of their protest would be.

On Tuesday afternoon, several dozen protesters with signs and a bullhorn picketed outside the Westwood home of a One West Bank executive. About 50 demonstrators showed up outside the home and stayed about 30 minutes as Los Angeles Police Department officers looked on.

"For the Police Department, it is always a balance between the constitutional rights of the protesters, and those of their intended target," said Cmdr. Andy Smith.

Thus far, police said, the Los Angeles protests have been peaceful and have not approached the scale of civil disobedience or mass arrests seen in New York. 

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-- Andrew Blankstein
Twitter.com/anblanx

Photo: Occupy L.A. protesters march downtown on Monday. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times           

 
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