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Occupy L.A.: Police with bean-bag rifles face off with protesters

November 30, 2011 | 12:49 am

Click here to see more photos.Los Angeles police formed a line across Main Street, apparently to keep Occupy L.A. protesters from moving south of 1st Street.

A throng of demonstrators stood in their faces, talking to them. "Remember your mother!" one yelled. "You're not here to beat up citizens."

Officer Sara Faden said police were trying to demonstrate to the protesters what areas would be off-limits when an unlawful assembly was declared.

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When the whir of approaching sirens could be heard, the protesters ran back to the park, shouting.

Dozens of police then marched up Main Street in riot gear toward the park, followed by police vehicles and more officers. Hundreds streamed into the park, some wearing white latex hazmat suits.

Police flooded into the area in the same manner from four corners simultaneously, Faden said. Police had not yet declared an unlawful assembly.

A ring of officers surrounded protesters seated in the middle of the park with their arms linked together. Some police were clad in white hazmat jump suits, while others were armed with rifles loaded with bean bags.

There has been no official announcement by police to disperse. But police have said they’ll allow people to leave.


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Photo: LAPD officers line Broadway at 1st Street near Occupy L.A. at City Hall.

Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times