Two Occupy protesters fight over chalking; 1 man arrested, LAPD says
August 9, 2012 | 4:24
An argument over chalking between two Occupy protesters escalated into a fight with one man being arrested on suspicion of battery, police said Thursday afternoon.
The argument at downtown Los Angeles' Pershing Square broke out between a protester from L.A. and one from Oakland, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Oakland member criticized the man from Los Angeles about the quality of his chalking. That prompted the chalker to "assault the person from Oakland," said LAPD spokesman Richard French.
French said the Oakland man made a "citizen's arrest" on the L.A. member, who was arrested a short time later by police officers.
The names and ages of the two men were not immediately released.
Earlier, police arrested another Occupy member on an outstanding warrant during a protest at Pershing Square.
The two arrests were made hours before Art Walk, a monthly event in downtown Los Angeles that broke out in violence in July when protesters clashed with police after chalking political slogans on the streets. The melee prompted a citywide tactical alert that led to 15 arrests, along with injuries to four officers.
The Oakland protesters had come to Los Angeles to join their L.A. counterparts for protests during Thursday's Art Walk.