(AP) Los Angeles police have closed off streets surrounding the Occupy Los Angeles encampment. Police cars line a one-block perimeter around the City Hall camp where hundreds of protesters are preparing for what they believe is an imminent raid by police. Live video from Channel 9’s chopper has shown LA police officers getting onto buses staged at Dodger Stadium. LAPD hasn’t said when the camp might be cleared out.
Some protesters in Los Angeles shot off fireworks near the camp where Occupy members discussed emergency preparations. About half of some 500 tents remained after a Monday morning eviction deadline and the remaining protesters showed no sign of leaving the Los Angeles encampment, which is one of the largest still remaining in the country.
(CNS) Roughly 1,200 LAPD officers surround the City Hall encampment of Occupy LA amid the expectation that the remaining Occupiers would be forced to leave. Police said an area of unlawful assembly would extend two blocks in each direction from City Hall. Protesters would be given an opportunity to walk away after that occurs. 30 Metro buses took the officers from Dodger Stadium to downtown. Supervising officers briefed the officers at Dodger Stadium, with one telling a group of officers they needed to be prepared for some protesters to fight back. “They’ve got a bunch of concrete gravel and other (things) they’re going to throw at us,” the supervisor said. “Please put your face masks down and watch each other’s back.”
Lt. Andy Neiman says police are prepared to remove protesters who had climbed into trees. Neiman seemed confident the operation would not take long and predicted that on Wednesday it would be “business as usual” downtown. The city declared last week residing in the encampment would be unlawful starting 12:01 a.m. Monday, but the widely expected police raid that would have resulted in the removal of the tents and their occupants never occurred, with Chief Charlie Beck saying Monday a raid could come later in the week.
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