LAPD went undercover in Occupy L.A. camp before raid
The Los Angeles Police Department has won praise for evicting protesters from Occupy L.A. without major violence.
One reason is that the LAPD had good intelligence: The department used undercover officers in the weeks leading up to last Wednesday's raid, a police source said. None of the officers slept in the camp, the official said. Instead, they tried to blend in to gather information about potential problems or complications -- such as any weapons being stashed or protesters planning to resist -- that the LAPD might face when the raid occurred.
Times Staff Writer Joel Rubin discusses the tactics with colleague Andrew Blankstein in the video above.