Occupy L.A.: Several arrested, but protest remains mostly peaceful
Police arrested several people early Monday at the Occupy L.A. demonstration outside City Hall, but then the commotion quickly died down.
Shortly after 5 a.m., police issued an order to disperse to those demonstrators gathered at the intersection of 1st and Main streets. Most people complied, but a few demonstrators refused to leave.
At one point, some protesters started throwing things at police. Several people were then arrested; one person was carried away by officers.
Police said that there are still no plans to begin evicting people from the City Hall park, which was officially closed at midnight Sunday. They said their main intention was to clear the streets for morning commuters.
Hundreds of officers wearing helmets and carrying batons lined the streets but continued to show restraint.
-- Rick Rojas and Nicole Santa Cruz at City Hall
Photo: Police wearing helmets and face shields and carrying batons block a downtown intersection near City Hall early Monday morning. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times