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Bank protesters arrested after trying to cash $673-billion check

October 6, 2011 |  1:53 pm


Los Angeles police arrested 10 people Thursday afternoon at a downtown Bank of America branch after they marched in and tried to cash a check for $673 billion, officials said.

It was an over-sized check made out to the "people of California," LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said. The demonstrators sat down and refused to leave the bank, police said, and six men and four women were arrested as part of the protest organized by the Refund California campaign. Occupy L.A. protesters also joined in.

Several hundred protesters also took over the intersection of 7th and Figueroa streets, prompting police in riot gear to respond to the scene.

On Tuesday afternoon, several dozen protesters with signs and a bullhorn picketed outside the Westwood home of a One West Bank executive. About 50 demonstrators showed up outside the home and stayed about 30 minutes as Los Angeles Police Department officers looked on.


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Photo: Police arrest protesters in the Bank of America branch at 7th Street and Figueroa in downtown Los Angles on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times