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Occupy L.A: Protesters surround police SUV

November 28, 2011 |  1:11 am

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith, speaking over a loudspeaker mounted on an SUV, told Occupy L.A. protesters blocking 1st and Spring streets early Monday morning that they needed to clear the streets to let traffic pass.

The request was met with a chant of "Whose streets? Our streets!"

The protesters surrounded the vehicle, dozens of them pointing camera phones and video cameras into the cabin.

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As Smith's vehicle slowly backed up from the agitated crowd, protesters were stopped from advancing further down Spring Street by a line of officers in helmets with their batons drawn.

"This is where it begins!" one excited protester shouted.


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Photo: Police confront protesters on Spring Street early Monday. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times