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LAPD went undercover in Occupy L.A. camp before raid

December 5, 2011 |  1:24 pm

The Los Angeles Police Department has won praise for evicting protesters from Occupy L.A. without major violence.

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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.

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