On July 12, 2012 around 7:15pm, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers make their first and only arrest of an Occupier for chalking “vandalism” at Downtown LA Art Walk where Occupy LA planned a peaceful outreach and awareness art project called chalk walk.
Footage shows that the intersection at 5th and Spring Streets had at least 1 Parking Enforcement Traffic Officer, orange cones, additional traffic signs, etc. Yet, the LAPD fail to properly shut it down during several arrests.
In an video of the intersection, the Traffic Officers does not seem to be directing traffic too well after the first two squad cars cross the intersection going south on Spring Street. Captain Horace Frank and Officer Casey can be seen telling cars to go back and turn west on 5th Street but neither stays long enough to insure safety.
Cars still slip through. Finally, several squad cars block all traffic.
The LAPD bring out over 40 officers, 12 bicycles, 7 squad cars, and 3 motorcycle bikes to shut down Spring Street just south of 5th Street. Shortly after the detainment LAPD officers began pushing Occupiers with their batons. Some of the LAPD push some of the Occupiers into the street.
Occupiers began chanting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” as LAPD surrounds them.
Occupiers also read California Civil Code 52.1 to the LAPD gathered on the street.
Not only were officers sent in, so were their vehicles.
In addition to LAPD officers, private security officers take action in the law enforcement activities.
First Arrest at July 12, 2012 Downtown LA Artwalk for Occupy LA’s Chalk Walk This video is blurry and choppy but the audio is ok.
Just after the first arrest at Chalk Walk This video was captured live. It’s blurry and choppy but gives a sense of what happened at July 12, 2012 at Downtown LA Art Walk.