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Occupy L.A.: Mayor, LAPD won't discuss tactics for removal

L.A. officials have not revealed details -- or tactics -- of their plan to push out the Occupy campers on the City Hall lawn beginning Monday morning.

At a press conference Friday, neither Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nor Police Chief Charlie Beck would say whether police were prepared to use tear gas or rubber bullets to clear protesters who refuse to leave, tactics officers in other cities have turned to while clearing Occupy encampments.

It's also unclear when exactly police would evict the protesters.

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"The goal is to do this as peacefully as possible," Beck said.

Meanwhile, Good Jobs LA, a coalition of labor unions and community groups that has organized marches with Occupy L.A., called on the mayor and City Council to allow the camp to remain where it is.

"Elected leaders should be more concerned about enforcing regulations on banks than enforcing park rules," spokesman Jacob Hay said. "They should be busy creating jobs, not creating conflict with peaceful protesters."

On Thursday, Occupy L.A. released its first official statement to the city, vowing to stay camped out on the lawn.

According to protester Ruth Fowler, the statement was written collaboratively by several hundred protesters and was approved with 100% consensus during Wednesday's general assembly meeting. In it, protesters said they would cease further negotiations with officials until 10 grievances were addressed.

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--Kate Linthicum

 
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