Video- More than 200 arrested in Occupy LA raid; 50 in Philadelphia

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LOS ANGELES » More than 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear, cleared the Occupy Los Angeles camp early Wednesday, driving protesters from a park around City Hall and arresting more than 200 who defied orders to leave. Similar raids in Philadelphia led to 50 arrests, but the scene in both cities was relatively peaceful.

Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia moved in on Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness in an effort to clear out some of the longest-lasting protest sites since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.

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Officers flooded down the steps of City Hall just after midnight and started dismantling the two-month-old camp two days after a deadline passed for campers to leave the park. Officers in helmets and wielding batons and guns with rubber bullets converged on the park from all directions with military precision and began making arrests after several orders were given to leave.

There were no injuries and no drugs or weapons were found during a search of the emptied camp, which was strewn with trash after the raid. City workers put up concrete barriers to wall off the park while it is restored. As of 5:10 a.m. PST, the park was clear of protesters, said LAPD officer Cleon Joseph.

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  • HarborGuy

    1400 cops?

    Ya know...in my area of the South Bay (with an LAPD station only about 3 miles away)...we've not even seen an LAPD B&W on the streets in, well, what seems like forever...like a year or more...not even at the local donut shops or the 7-11's. Ever since financial stuff started, we really noticed that there is ZERO presence.

    SO...where the hell did they round up 1400 Goons for this? And, Mayor/City Council/LAPD Chief...what did this COST us all?

    And all because the majority of these folks are there for the rest of us, that got screwed over by the Wall Street Banksters and their Sock Puppets.

    Come on Occupy...move on and start a political party.