Two Occupy L.A. protesters arrested at foreclosure event
Two Occupy L.A. protesters were arrested Thursday outside a state building where California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris held a news conference to celebrate the state's share of a settlement with banks involved in the foreclosure crisis.
Harris touted the "historic commitment to California of up to $18 billion that will benefit hundreds of thousands of homeowners in the state hardest hit by the mortgage crisis."
Protesters, however, said the banks were let off the hook, calling the settlement a "sell-out."
California Highway Patrol Officer Vince Ramirez said about 100 protesters gathered outside the Ronald Reagan Building on Spring Street about 11:30 a.m. Some of the protesters were "unruly" and tried to get into the building, he said. Two were arrested.
Union activists and other protesters announced plans to hold a series of "flash mob" protests Thursday at the Bank of America Plaza and at other branches and buildings owned by banks in Westwood, Inglewood, Compton and downtown Los Angeles.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: Two Occupy L.A. protesters are arrested downtown during a foreclosure news conference. Credit: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times