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  • LA riot last night?

    Is it true that the illegal invaders started attacking the LAPD last night in MacArthur Park and the LAPD shot tear gas and rubber bullets at them?

    Way to go LAPD!! Keep it up

  • #2
    Yeah, funny you didn't see anything about it on the news last night... drive by media...

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...cal&id=5264762
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    LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2007 - A day of mostly calm immigration rallies ended with a clash between police and demonstrators, and Police Chief William Bratton promised a department review to "determine if the use of force was appropriate."

    Several people, including about a dozen officers, were hurt during skirmishes at MacArthur Park near downtown Los Angeles late Tuesday. About 10 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries including cuts, authorities said. None of the injuries were believed to be serious. At least one person was arrested, said Officer Mike Lopez.

    May Day marches in Los Angeles brought out about 25,000 people, only a fraction of the roughly 650,000 who rallied last year. Turnout nationwide was also light compared to a year ago.

    Organizers said fear about raids and frustration that the marches haven't pushed Congress to pass reform kept many people at home. They said those who did march felt a sense of urgency to keep immigration reform from getting pushed to the back burner by the 2008 presidential elections.

    The clash at MacArthur Park started after 6 p.m. when police tried to disperse demonstrators who had moved off the sidewalk onto the street. Authorities said several people of the few thousand still at the rally threw rocks and bottles at officers, who fired rubber bullets and used batons to push the crowd back onto the sidewalk.

    "(Police) started moving in and forcing them out of the park, people with children, strollers," said Angela Sambrano, one of the rally's lead organizers.

    The police action cut short several speeches, said Hamid Khan, who works at the SouthAsia Network. He said officers "overreacted."

    Bratton said "certain elements of the crowd" started the disturbance, but the "vast, vast majority of the people who were here were behaving appropriately."

    He promised an investigation to determine what happened and whether police used excessive force.

    "If officers behaved inappropriately, we will deal with that," he said at a late news conference.

    A staff member from Spanish-language TV station Telemundo confirmed to the Los Angeles Times late Tuesday that one reporter and three camera operators from the station had been injured and taken to the hospital by police.

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was traveling in El Salvador at the start of a nine-day trade mission, said the incident was "a most unfortunate end to a peaceful day."

    Villaraigosa said he asked Bratton, who was scheduled to join the mayor in El Salvador and Mexico, to remain in Los Angeles to oversee a review of the incident.

    Maria Elena Durazo, the executive secretary-treasurer at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said the incident marred an otherwise peaceful protest, and urged changes to police practices.

    She said the group was "outraged and saddened" by reports of excessive force by law enforcement.

    "While we understand that a group of anarchists, not associated with the rally, instigated an altercation with police, we are disappointed that authorities would respond to their actions by herding them into a peaceful crowd and by shooting rubber bullets with little warning," Durazo said in a statement.

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    • #3
      Total BS. The PC reaction of the police: it was only "a very few" of the most calm and wonderful protestors who crossed the line

      VS. "all of those bastards in the nazi police were knocking over the elderly and using batons on mothers with strollers."
      Space for rent .........

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      • #4
        Well, like my grand da used to say... one bad apple spoils the whole darn barrel.

        "While we understand that a group of anarchists, not associated with the rally, instigated an altercation with police, we are disappointed that authorities would respond to their actions by herding them into a peaceful crowd and by shooting rubber bullets with little warning," Durazo said in a statement.
        Puhleeeze! Little warning my Aunt Fanny. I am REASONABLY (I know how dare I use use reason and logic) cerrtain that the cops didn't see the group being naughty and promptlygo into "riot disbersement mode". This being said, you can't tell me (you can, I just won't believe you) that NOBODY in the park saw this building up and that those who did see it, didn't point and say "Gee, lookee there". That always starts a chain reaction!

        Anytime you have a large group of people supporting something that they feel passionatly about you can expect emotions to run high. Sometimes people let those emotions get out of hand. You notice that the news agency conveniently has no footage (or chose not to run the footage - not as sensational) of the officers attempting to resolve the situation prior to this response. I can't and won't believe that the cops didn't attempt to resolve this first by asking (maybe more like telling, dunno for sure) those that were out in the street to get on the sidewalk, in the park or wherever the heck it was they should have been. Nice job media, once again you have proved why the members of the fourth estate are often referred to as vultures.
        R.I.P. Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Munden

        You're service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

        Kieth M.
        I once knew a guy who said, "I'll step over any nine to get to three threes!"

        I knew at that precise moment that he and I would never get into a fistfight over a woman.

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        • #5
          It was beautiful to turn on the news and see LAPD kicking illegal alien ***. Too bad ICE wasn't there to round them all up, deport them and then send them to a federal desert prison when they re-enter for 127th time. No sympathy, compassion or tolerance here in the slightest degree for illegals, or for anyone who supports them.
          Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

          I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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          • #6
            Yeah I read a story where the LAPD was going to review their UOF Policy now... Guess the Chief will now take away their OC and nerf flashlights next and give them candles and Febreeze.
            "I neither approve or blame. I merely relate."- Voltaire

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            • #7
              LA riot.

              Typical media, over reaction. You have to almost suspect that there's an element in these demonstrations that is intent on initiating a police response.In this case the response of LAPD appeared reasonable, restrained, and measured. Chief Bratton has promised a "review" of police action(s). Okay, that's appropriate. Who is going to review the actions of the troublemakers? Let's recall that the majority of these "demonstrators" are in this country illegally. I make an attempt to keep the economic situation in Mexico, relative to immigration in mind. That said, there is no reasonable, or logical excuse for disobedience to a lawful police order.

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              • #8
                I 2nd that Philip. Can you imagine what kind of potential that situation had to turn into a full scale riot? I think the swift, decisive action was dually necessary, and well done.

                Despite the reporters whining that they got tossed to the ground... anyone see that video? She was totally disregarding authority. Next time don't argue lady!
                Kudos.

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                • #9
                  The police didn't go there to start trouble.

                  The protestors went there make a scene, that is the point of a protest.

                  The police showed up in response, because they knew what would happen.

                  25,000 angry protestors in one spot led to a little bit of violence and a couple idiots getting arrested? Boy, I never would have seen it coming

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ateamer View Post
                    It was beautiful to turn on the news and see LAPD kicking illegal alien ***. Too bad ICE wasn't there to round them all up, deport them and then send them to a federal desert prison when they re-enter for 127th time. No sympathy, compassion or tolerance here in the slightest degree for illegals, or for anyone who supports them.

                    Are you a LEO? I too think that illegal aliens should be deported, but it is never "beautiful" to see any officer have to "kick ***". I'm not LE, but hope to be someday.
                    Thank you to all that serve.

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                    • #11
                      Point of information: There were more LEOs injured than demonstrators.

                      The biggest BS is those who were interviewed by the media and stated in their best English - "We DEMAND amnesty and EQUALITY because we do the jobs no gringo will do and WE PAY TAXES!" (paraphrased of course). What would happen if we went to Mexico or South America and made the same demands? Yeah, right! Su tiene papeles, gringo?
                      Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                      [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                      • #12
                        Remember the old days when starting a public disturbance would get your *** beat by the cops and starting a riot would get you killed by the national Guard?
                        "I neither approve or blame. I merely relate."- Voltaire

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rusty57 View Post
                          Are you a LEO? I too think that illegal aliens should be deported, but it is never "beautiful" to see any officer have to "kick ***". I'm not LE, but hope to be someday.
                          Yes, it is unfortunate that the situation came to physical violence.

                          But I, like many others, still enjoy it when someone who has it coming gets their *** kicked.

                          That doesn't mean "Go VIOLENCE! YAY!" It means "Glad that guy got what was his, and the guy who was right came out on top"

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                          • #14
                            Poor Bratton has to work for that nut case of a mayor.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Matto View Post
                              Poor Bratton has to work for that nut case of a mayor.
                              Well, Vivalaraza is in the pockets of Mexico so ....

                              I am hearing now that several officers involved may be fired pending a review ... that is UTTER BULLSH-T, those officers are heros who put their lives on the line to stop what could have turned into an big riot if they stood by. God Bless our LEOS! Those officers should be rewarded instead of being punished.

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