Occupy L.A.: City Hall campsite left in shambles; small group remains
Much of the Occupy L.A. campsite was in shambles early Wednesday morning, with tents uprooted and strewn all over.
Most of the crowd either left or was arrested at about 2:10 a.m., but about three dozen occupiers remained on City Hall's south lawn, seated on the ground with their arms locked together in a giant circle.
Los Angeles Police Department officers pulled out the remaining occupiers one by one by their legs and arms, putting them into plastic handcuffs. Nearly all of the protesters went limp and had to be carried out.
The camp, which had existed for two months, was a mess. Tents had been pulled up by police, leaving behind a scene of litter, cardboard boxes, plastic tarps and clothes.
Several protesters remained up in the trees, but at about 2:15 a.m., a cherry picker from the LAPD bomb squad arrived to help police remove them.
-- Joel Rubin, Andrew Blankstein and Kate Linthicum at L.A. City Hall
Photo: LAPD officers clear people from the Occupy L.A. encampment area around City Hall. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times