Hundreds of OccupyLA Demonstrators Still Held
Without Charges on $5,000 Bail in Often Deplorable,
Illegal and Unconstitutional Conditions
Arrestees kept on buses for hours, forced to urinate self, deprived of water, medical aid or legal assistance…
Much of the good will and plaudits earned by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for their “minimal use of force” tactics employed to clear OccupyLA demonstrators from City Hall Park earlier this week has been quickly squandered in the hours and days since. The BRAD BLOG has learned that hundreds of peaceful arrestees were kept in often deplorable conditions in the hours following their apprehension.
According to new interviews with some of the arrestees following their release, men and women alike were held without charges for hours on end, forced to urinate in their seats on a holding bus while handcuffed, cut off from attorneys, medical supplies and drinking water, and locked away with punitively high bails while being deprived of both humane and Constitutional rights.
At this hour, almost three full days since their arrest at the OccupyLA encampment in front of Los Angeles City Hall, more than 200 of the peaceful demonstrators detained by LAPD in the evening on Tuesday and early morning hours on Wednesday — many of them who were not even participating in the Occupation — are still being held in jail pending $5,000 bail for their misdemeanor detentions, as detailed by radio station KPCC. Approximately fifty people have been released, some after posting bail, others for medical reasons.
KPCC went on to report that on Thursday, only 19 of those people had yet to be charged. The City Attorney’s office said that, depending on the charge, some would face bail as high as $20,000.
This morning, Los Angeles Times reported that most of the 19 who were allowed to appear in L.A. County Superior Court Thursday, were released without bail, but on the “condition that they not return to the City Hall area, where the protesters had camped.” The Times went on to note that most of those still held without being charged have no criminal record…
FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8967
LAPD Officer Captured on Video Pointing Gun at
Citizen Journalist ‘OakFoShow’ at OccupyLA Raid
Journo takes officer to task, identifies him for web-stream as peaceful crowd chants ‘Guns down!’…
“Escamilla is pointing his gun at protesters,” Spencer Mills, citizen journalist and popular live video-streamer known as “OakFoShow”, is heard saying on the video during his coverage of the LAPD raid at City Hall on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. The officer then points the gun towards the sky, and then lowers it briefly straight at the camera as the journalist’s video-camera records the moment for posterity.
“That’s not necessary! You just pointed your weapon right at me!,” Mills shouts to the cop. “That’s not necessary!…It’s against procedure and it’s against code and you’re not supposed to do it! Take your finger off the trigger, please. Thank you! Don’t point your weapon at me. It’s against procedure and its against code. I’m a journalist! I’m allowed to be here!”
The crowd follows up Mills by chanting, “Guns down! Guns down! Guns down!”
“Again, his name is Escamilla,” Mills says near the end of the clip, before spelling out his name. “E-S-C-A-M-I-L-L-A. I believe he just broke procedure”…
FULL STORY, VIDEO: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8969