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 of the few thousand people 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.
So we not only have people who wish to disobey the police order to stay on the sidewalk but several others choose to throw rocks and bottles at the police. These people have gone from active resisters to assailants and as their actions escalate it should be expected that the response of the police would escalate also. The officers appeared to have reacted appropriately considering the disobedience to lawful police orders and the attack by "peaceful" protesters against the police.
Several people, including about a dozen officers, were hurt.
About 10 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries including cuts, authorities said. None of the injuries was believed to be serious.
So we find out that 10 people were injured along with a dozen policemen and none of the non-police injuries were serious. But we have this outrage from Bratton, why?
"Our national anchor was being pushed by the batons," Marcia Garcia, a reporter for Spanish-language Telemundo 52, told KCAL-TV. "Our TV set was destroyed - monitors, cables, everything on the ground; it was like a surrealistic nightmare."
The media.......need we say more. They got the in the way and their equipment was damaged and their egos were bruised. The media will run this story for their benefit and the politicians will be wringing their hands for pure political gain.
With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa away on a trade mission, City Council President Eric Garcetti spoke to viewers in English and Spanish, stressing the duty to protect the people's right to assemble and for "a free and unencumbered news media."
Hey Asshole!!!! This isn't a 1st amendment issue its a law and order issue. Stop placating a group that are here illegally in the first place and stop accusing the police of encumbering the news media.