Occupy L.A.: LAPD chief wants peaceful end but expects arrests
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said his officers are going to do all they can resolve the standoff over the Occupy L.A. campsite peacefully but said he expects arrests and resistance from some protesters.
As police in New York and Oakland and at UC Davis and UC Berkeley have come under criticism for what some consider heavy-handed treatment of Occupy protesters, Beck said he's determined for things to go more smoothly in Los Angeles.
“I have no illusions that everybody is going to leave,” Beck said in an interview with The Times. "We anticipate that we will have to make arrests.... We certainly will not be the first ones to apply force.”
Both protesters and outside civil rights activists praised the LAPD for having a significantly better relationship with the Occupy forces than police in other cities. But there are still concerns over how the eviction, set for sometime after Monday morning, will go.
“This is a police department that is very good with the application of force if we need to be. Nobody questions that,” Beck said. “But I also want to be known as a department that can avoid the application of major force.”
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: An Occupy L.A. protest in downtown Los Angeles this month.
Credit: Associated Press