BLOGGED BY Brad FriedmanÃ‚Â / The BradBlog.comÃ‚Â ON 5/1/2007 11:55PMÃ‚Â
BREAKING: Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas into Crowd at Los Angeles Immigration Rally
LAPD Chief Claims ‘Elements of the Crowd’ Threw Projectiles at Police in Riot Gear, News Reports Say the Rally Had Been Peaceful. National Coordinators Call for Independent Investigation, Further Information from those at McArthur Park Rally…
Officers in riot gear from the Los Angeles Police Department fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to disperse a “crowd of hundreds” gathered at a local park for a previously peaceful May Day immigration rally tonight.
National rally coordinators are protesting the action and have sent us a statement via email asking citizens to call on LAPD Chief William Bratton and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to demand an independent investigation into the “May Day incident at McArthur Park”. They are also seeking information from anyone in the crowd at McArthur Park in Los Angeles during the incident. The statement, sent from Lee Sui Hin, National Coordinator from the National Immigrant Solidarity Network/Action LA Coalition, is posted in full at the end of this article.
Check out the video from FoxLA and decide for yourself whether or not roughing up the media was necessary.
Fox 11 has a very good first-hand video report, featuring their local reporter who had been covering the rally and said she heard no notice to disperse, as claimed by the police. Her crew was roughed up, as seen in the video.
Read the rest of Brad’s post on The Brad Blog here.