Occupy L.A.: Police load protesters onto buses headed for jail
On the north and west sides of City Hall, police were busy loading arrestees onto buses headed for jail.
Bomb-sniffing dogs were being led around the building, sniffing for molotov cocktails that police feared protesters would use, but which so far had not materialized.
Police discovered several protesters hiding in the trees. "You've got one up here, too?" Officer Norma Eisenmen asked a fellow officer about a demonstrator hiding in the foliage of a tree on Spring Street.
It appeared that getting him and others back on the ground was going to be the officers' biggest task as the night wore on.
The men in the tree were refusing to come down. One wore a crown. Another taunted police with an American flag.
"Obama says 'Yes, we can,'" he said. "Well, yes we did!"
"We are here to uphold the law, why are you here?" said the other.
-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: LAPD officers at the Occupy L.A. encampment in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times