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Occupy L.A.: Cleanup of City Hall campsite begins

November 30, 2011 |  5:00 am

A small cadre of police officers remained on the steps on the south side of Los Angeles City Hall early Wednesday, but most had already cleared out after the LAPD's sweep of the Occupy L.A. encampment

A small cadre of police officers remained on the steps on the south side of Los Angeles City Hall early Wednesday, but most had already cleared out after the LAPD's sweep of the Occupy L.A. encampment.

Flattened tents and debris covered the south lawn. One of the few structures that remained was the Occupy donation tent on the sidewalk.

Dangling from a rope tied to a tent post, a sign declaring "We Are Occupying Los Angeles" twisted in the breeze.

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Spencer Mills, a 29-year-old independent journalist and Occupy supporter who had been at the encampment since Monday, walked up and snatched the sign. He said he wanted a memento.

As the sweep wound down, officers on the sidewalk at Spring Street were putting on white hazmat garb before beginning the massive cleanup operation. Workers also placed concrete barriers around City Hall Park.

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-- Rick Rojas at L.A. City Hall

Photo: The LAPD uses a "bat cat" bomb squad vehicle to remove an Occupy L.A. protester from a tree at City Hall. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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