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Arrests reported as police close streets at downtown L.A. ArtWalk

July 12, 2012 | 10:16 pm

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Police in riot gear and several dozen people squared off Thursday evening during downtown Los Angeles' monthly ArtWalk.

Law enforcement sources said there have been at least 12 arrests, mostly related to vandalism. It was unclear what prompted the confrontation, but it appeared to involve Occupy protesters and a plan to draw on sidewalks with chalk.

PHOTOS: Confrontation at downtown L.A. ArtWalk

LAPD officers have blocked off streets in the vicinity of Spring, Main and 5th streets. There are reports of plastic bottles being thrown at police, and the LAPD has called a tactical alert.

No injuries have been reported.

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Photo: Scene in downtown L.A. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh/ L.A. Times

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