Below is a hyperlinked timeline of events that occurred on July 12, 2012 at the Downtown LA Art Walk in regards to Occupy LA’s public outreach and awareness art project called Chalk Walk.
Clicking on the times will bring you to more info, photos, videos, and articles related to that time in the timeline.
6:30pm Briefing Pershing Square
About 3 dozen Occupiers meet in Pershing Square for a briefing, preparation and fun.
7:00pm En Route
Occupiers joined by a few more and disperse into Downtown LA Art Walk crowd to meet up on Spring Street between 5th and 6th.
7:15pm First Arrest
LAPD send out at least 40 officers for the first chalking arrest around 7:15pm with 12 bicycles, 7 squad cars, and 3 motorcycles. There were maybe a couple dozen Occupiers at this location at the time of the arrest.
7:30pm In Between 1st & 2nd Arrests
Occupiers and Police interact with the public during the time in between the first two arrests for chalking.
7:45pm Second Arrest
As a group of Occupiers reads MacKinney v Neilsen and California Civil Code 52.1 to about 10 LAPD standing in a driveway, a random man picks up a piece of chalk and draws a heart with the words “the police” next to it.
After 7:45pm In Between 2nd & 3rd Arrests
Different Occupiers interact with each other, the public, and some LAPD officers.
8pm Third and Fourth Arrest
Two young men, not affiliated with Occupy LA, were arrested by LAPD for chalking on the sidewalk.
8:15pm Fifth Arrest
LAPD make their fifth arrest of the evening. This young man has not been a part of Occupy LA until this evening. He’s from Florida and knows an Occupy Orlando participant who was arrested several times by Orlando PD and sued the City of Orlando for the arrests. The City of Orlando spent $200,000 defending the arrest and lost.
8:30pm In between 5th & 6th Arrests
LAPD stood in the street, called in extra vehicles, called in back up from the Olympic division even though the occupiers remained peaceful.
8:45pm Sixth Arrest
LAPD make their 6th arrest of the night. This young man is 1 of 5 non-occupy people who were arrested before 9pm. The only charges so far in the evening are for chalking.
9pm Some Occupiers Leave the Area
The police began pulling out riot helmets. Some Occupiers choose to head to a fundraiser 4 blocks away.
9:15pm LAPD Amass on 5th Street
The mere presence of LAPD Officers in mass, on 5th Street just east of Spring Street, draws a major crowd of curious onlookings, taking photos, and trying to figure out what they are all there for such a peaceful event.
9:30pm Seventh Arrest
Shortly after 9:30pm, LAPD Officers violently arrest a petite female, throwing her around like a rag doll, slamming her face first into the ground, and body slamming her brother. The crowd is not happy with this display of injustice.
9:45pm LAPD Clear Spring & 5th Street Intersection
LAPD form squirmish lines at the intersection of Spring Street and 5th Street. LAPD clears the entire intersection splitting the crowd into three sections: 1) North of 5th on Spring 2) South of 5th on Spring, and 3) West of Spring on 5th.
10:00pm LAPD Shot First Victim
Around 10pm, the LAPD shot into a crowd of people and injure a young man. Video and Photos show a bleeding chest wound.
10:15pm Media Shows Up
Mainstream media finally shows up on the scene but none of them really seem interested in getting the Occupiers’ side of the story even though press releases were offered to many of them and even though ocucpiers tried to explain what happened.
10:30pm Second Rubber-Bullet Victim
LAPD push a man, shoot him at close range, kick a skateboard into his face, then squash his face into the ground before violently arresting him. Occupiers try to help the man when he fell.
10:45pm LAPD Move Crowds Further Apart
LAPD continue to move crowds further from Spring and 5th Streets.