Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Last Photographs of Occupy Los Angeles

Late last night, the LAPD raided Occupy Los Angeles. More than 1400 police officers—about 15% of the city's officers—were used to arrest more than 200 people, leaving the encampment in a shambles. Teams of police wore hazmat suits and K-9 units swept the camp, looking for incendiary devices, which they did not find. The tactical approach, guided by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on-site, involved eventually cordoning off City Hall Park and arresting everyone trapped inside. The operation was concluded by 3:30 a.m.

Previously: Photographs from Occupy LA

Eric Spiegelman is a web producer in Los Angeles.

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Hamilton (#122)

These are great.

zidaane (#373)

Really getting sick of the badass nightstick/thumbs in belt posing.

davetar (#1,114)

L.A. has had a weird schizophrenic response to the protests. Every other city decided to just go ahead and be oppressive but apparently they had to circle around it a bit first.

oldtaku (#9,009)

@davetar The Mayor (Tony Villar) is a completely useless PR junkie. He's addicted to having everyone love him, so they started out being real kissy kissy with the Occupy protestors. Then after a couple weeks they got sick of it, so have been desperately trying to get the protestors off the front lawn without actually pissing anyone off. Which worked about as well as expected.

Eric Spiegelman (#3,968)

BTW, the guy in the photo that's directly underneath the photo of the guy climbing the Spring Street street sign, that officer is Chief of Police Charlie Beck.

E (#14,552)

Eric, I've read unconfirmed reports that towards the end of the protest, the police chased protestors attempting to leave the arrest zone towards Skid Row, then kettled them and pretty forcefully arrested them. The things I've read suggest that IF that happened it's going to have to come out through citizen documentation, because the media was kept in "media safety zones", and the news helicopters all voluntarily turned off, to "respect police operation privacy". Do you know anecdotally if that might have happened or if that's an exagerrated story?

E (#14,552)

@E ugh. Exaggerated.

riotnrrd (#840)

"respect police operation privacy" This is exactly what I want in my news outlets, a proper respect and boot-licking deference to power.

We are being subjected to a police state where protesting is not being tolerated. These evictions exemplify the suppression of our civil liberties including the right to organize, one of the basis rights set forth by our founding fathers. Police brutality is running rampant under orders from Governors who have their pockets lined with Wall Street and Special Interest monies. Stand up and lend your voice with these free posters I was compelled to design on my artist’s blog at

Anarcissie (#3,748)

"respect police operation privacy" — The ruling class seems absolutely frozen in confusion and fear. Something's going to break.

Occupy is a joke.
It has no direction or real leadership.
All Occupy does is get in people's way and make messes that others have to clean up.
They block people from going to work and yet they yell about wanting people to go to work.
Their act is getting boring and the public is tired of them.
Occupy is not making a difference in society and it is having no affect on the economy.
Occupy supporters should just go home.

George Vreeland Hill

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