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LIVE BLOG: Occupy L.A. Eviction Coverage

Staff Reporters |
November 29, 2011 | 9:06 p.m. PST

Protesters line center camp at the Occupy LA camp in front of City Hall on Nov. 30 (Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb).
Protesters line center camp at the Occupy LA camp in front of City Hall on Nov. 30 (Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb).
Two days after the city's eviction notice deadline passed, many Occupy LA protesters illegally remain on City Hall grounds, waiting for a suspected police raid.

The Recap of what went down early Wednesday:

LAPD Raids Occupy Los Angeles

Stick with Neon Tommy for minute-by-minute reporting from City Hall, below:



2:33 a.m. Wed The LAPD bomb squad is using a crane with a ramp to take protesters out of City Hall park's coral trees.

2:20 a.m. Wed All tents at City Hall park are down. -BG

2:17 a.m. Wed LAPD has pushed back protesters on Spring St. One woman refused to move and was carried to the police bus.

2:15 a.m. Wed LAPD reports one incident of violence against an officer with the suspect being arrested. Rev. Peter Laarman told the L.A. Daily News that he is unhappy about how LAPD is ripping apart some tents without any explanation of why they are being so rough.

2:00 a.m. Wed Protesters on Spring St., East of Main, are being ordered to leave by LAPD. A quad of riot police ready to move in.

1:40 a.m. Wed Only about 75 people reportedly still inside City Hall camp

1:40 a.m. Wed Huge crowd still behind police lines east of Main on 1st. — BG

1:38 a.m. Wed Those arrested from Occupy L.A. will be taken to Metropolitan Detention Center at Los Angeles and Temple streets, says Kevin Maiberger of the LAPD

1:30 a.m. Wed LAPD strategy was to work from the inside out. A surprise tactic.

1:28 a.m. Wed OLA Rally set for 4 p.m. tomorrow at Pershing Square — BG

1:24 a.m. Wed LA Police Protective League President Paul Weber releases a statement. "Wihle there is a place for civil protest, the unsanitary and dangerous conditions of the Occupy L.A. encampment required that the camp be disbanded."

"...We commend the officers for effectively and efficiently ending Occupy L.A. at City Hall with minimum use of force."

1:19 a.m. Wed LAPD makes peaceful arrests. 10 so far sitting on curb — BG














1:13 a.m. Wed LA County Sheriff jail buses are destination for arrested occupiers

1:13 a.m. Wed Latest photos from Alan Mittelstaedt



12:59 a.m. Wed Mayor Villaraigosa statement just now: "I ask that anyone who remains in the park to please leave voluntarily."

12:50 a.m. Wed About a 100 people are not moving and waiting to be arrested

12:50 a.m. Wed Police have taken over most of tent camp and have moved crowd into street where they are corralled

12:49 a.m. Wed Police Comm. Bratton told me "You don't have to use tear gas when you outnumber them 4-1. I think they get the message." — BG

12:48 a.m. Wed LAPD SWAT team appears with 3-4 minutes left of 10 min warning

12:45 a.m. Wed Pool reporters about to head in. I was ordered to the press area. Raid eminent. — BG

12:30 a.m. Wed Unlawful assembly declared. LAPD allowing those who want to leave to leave first.

12:29 a.m. Wed So far a peaceful standoff. Some are choosing to pack up and leave.

12:23 a.m. Wed Riot police have encircled the park, there are more police here than occupiers easily. After initial move, police are not tearing down tents now. — BG

12:20 a.m. Wed Arrest being made on steps. "Police brutality" shouted from the protester.

12:16 a.m. Wed Dozens of police officers emerging from City Hall and pushing people off the steps. Raid begins.

12:15 a.m. Wed Entire line of police lowering their visors — CD

12:12 a.m. Wed PIO Smith: "They will be arrested for remaining at an unlawful assembly." However, at the moment, the police have not declared it an unlawful assembly.

12:09 a.m. Wed Police are on the street for the first time, coming from headquarters to First and Main. — BG

12:01 a.m. Wed PIO Andrew Smith "We're hoping for compliance. We don't want to arrest. People who want to leave will be allowed to leave." — CD

11:59 p.m. Tues Latest photos from reporter Ben Gottlieb


11:42 p.m. Tues Protesters begin to march down 1st Street — BG

11:40 p.m. Tues Crowd reiterating that they will not leave. No sign of LAPD yet — CD

11:35 p.m. Tues Huge media contingent gathered behind yellow tape at south side of 1st Street. — BG

11:30 p.m. Tues LAPD says it will issue one more plea/negotiation before moving in 

11:20 p.m. Tues 10-minute warning issued — CD

11:18 p.m. Tues Latest photos from reporter Jacob Chung


11:16 p.m. Tues LAPD to L.A. Times: "In terms of the tree house, we'll deal with that as it comes. We're very much aware of the guy in the tree."










10:58 p.m. Tues Carol Sobel of the National Lawyers Guild just got out of meeting with the LAPD. They will give a 10-minute warning to the protesters to leave. They will then attack the intersection of Main and First Street.

"They are going to use force. They are going to use the baton first," Sobel said. She added, "What I am worried about are juveniles, immigrants and people with warrants." — BG


10:40 p.m., Tues Latest photos from Alan Mittelstaedt:


10:30 p.m., Tues Video of Sarah Belknap and other protesters chanting as they await impending raid


10:24 p.m., Tues Gas masks ready. (pictured above) — BG

10:15 p.m., Tues Protester Tim Ottman, planning to get arrested tonight: "Something big is happening tonight. We made them mad Sunday." — CD



10:01 p.m., Tues Protesters have blocked off the Southwest entrance to City Hall park with trash cans, chairs, tents and a "Road Close" sign. — Ben Gottlieb

9:53 p.m., Tues  Update: North OLA camp moving bodies and tents to southside.Ready for a showdown.

9:49 p.m., Tues. KCAL9 is reporting that the bueses have left the staging area from above Dodger Stadium and are heading towards City Hall park. -TB

Click on the map for a look at known street closures.

9:48 p.m., Tues. Kim Dunn, here since the beginning: "I'm scared. I'm scared police will come aggressively. But I'll stay." — CD

9:40 p.m., Tues. Seen on KCAL9: protesters now chanting "I will not be removed from the 0ccupation of L.A." -Tracy Bloom

9:39 p.m., Tues. LA Curbed has LAPD staging photos from above Dodger Stadium — Dan Watson

9:36 p.m., Tuesday KCAL9 interviewed a member of Occupy San Diego who is at the L.A. encampment. They were raided earlier this month by police officers. He stresses that both sides should remain nonviolent and protestors should accept arrest when approached. Earlier today, NT found someone from Occupy Oakland at the camp.— Paresh Dave

9:35 p.m., Tuesday Among those at the encampment is L.A. resident Sarah Belknap. She came down 20 minutes ago to show solidarity. She is willing to get arrested, but hopes not to. She a full-time student and holds a job. "If I get sick and am out of work, I could be homeless in a week. They are fighting for me, so being here tonight is least I can do. I am the 99 percent." — CD

Sarah Belknap
Sarah Belknap







9:29 p.m., Tues. Chants of "This is what Democracy looks like!" Unconfirmed reports in camp that 10 p.m. is the time. Police reportedly practicing wedges. Small crowd here is practicing how to lock their arms so as not to have fingers and thumbs broken. — CD

9:21 p.m., Tues. TV reports show police boarding buses at Dodger Stadium, which appears to be the police headquarters — Dan Watson

9:14 p.m., Tues. Mass confusion — CD

City Hall steps as protesters wait (Photo by Alan Mittelstaedt)
City Hall steps as protesters wait (Photo by Alan Mittelstaedt)



8:58 p.m., Tues. Rumors are circulating around the camp that tonight is the night, and that police may be gathering at Dodger Stadium. Quite a few here. — Christine Detz

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