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Follow Us Live: LAPD Confronts Occupy L.A. Tuesday Night

LAPD declared an unlawful assembly at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and began to move out Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators from City Hall.

Update: Despite being denied direct media access to Occupy L.A. demonstrations at City Hall by the Los Angeles Police Department, Patch is on the ground to cover the eviction of demonstrators early Wednesday morning.

Follow our Live Stream above for coverage, and head over Twitter to follow @HighlandPatch, @EchoParkPatch and @90041Rock for live updates between 11:30 p.m and midnight while our sites our down for maintenance.

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Patch editors were excluded from a media pool drafted by the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday evening, denying editors the ability to cover the Occupy Los Angeles demonstrations around City Hall themselves.

Instead, they must rely on coverage from other media organizations who were selected at a meeting Monday night from which they were excluded.

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Patch editors received an e-mail from the LAPD, announcing that a meeting would be held in the Downtown station's COMPSTAT room at 7:15 p.m. that same evening to "discuss media issues related to the Occupy LA closure." The e-mail added—crucially—that the LAPD "will also conduct a lottery to select 'pool media' for consideration in future Occupy LA activity."

The e-mail went on to state that "any outlet interested in being considered for the pool must have a representative attend this meeting, no exceptions."

Echo Park Patch editor Anthea Raymond, a former editor at National Public Radio West and a former L.A. Press Club president, was denied access to the meeting for not possessing an LAPD-issued press badge.

Officers at the desk, in the process of changing shifts, looked skeptically at her Patch business card and said an LAPD-issued credential was required to attend all meetings held at police headquarters.

Patch still intends to cover the events at Occupy L.A. as they unfold.

Anthea Raymond December 01, 2011 at 12:20 AM
National Lawyers Guild working on release: http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/11/30/30126/national-lawyers-guild-demands-release-all-occupy-/
EFFREN H HERNANDEZ December 01, 2011 at 12:30 AM
This is so embarrasing for Los Angeles-Keep in mind that as much as they try to hid it, the world is watching.
Alberto December 05, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Seems the msg delivered at the 7:15 mtg is exactly what is printed in the most recent LAPD Media Relations Handbook (updated 2007-2008) http://tinyurl.com/czvuzu5. That anyone would be surprised by what happened suggests that no one has ever thought to read that handbook to better understand how to work with and what to expect from the LAPD. It seems it would behoove any persons wanted to cover city events to get familiar with that handbook and, if necessary - and as McDuffie suggests, work to make reasonable changes to it. That said, even if crowd control/management is the intention of CPC Sections 407 and 409, we can always expect backlash/discontent from the public/marginalized media. Still, it does not seem that the intent was to silent independent media. Anyway, good job getting in there. Questions: -Do many claim coverage was lacking? -Did David or Anthea feel threatened by police or just watch themselves to prevent from getting in the way the eviction? In other words, did reporters seem to be of specific interest to arresting officers? -Is an LAPD-issued credential difficult to obtain? Had it ever been requested to attend other meetings? (Has Patch ever attended any?) -Patch got an email but didn't have a badge; did any LAPD rep comment on how this could be? -Did KPFK get a badge (or, another way, who was on the badge-recipient list?)
Anthea Raymond December 05, 2011 at 08:05 PM
@Alberto-Here's a piece I wrote Wednesday about my experiences covering the ousting from the perimeter: http://echopark.patch.com/articles/covering-occupy-la-from-the-perimeter-a-letter The picture that accompanies it was taken OUTSIDE the police barricades, where a busload of police arrived about 1:20 am to push back a crowd of several hundred that had gathered. Interestingly, it was at that moment, without credentials and without--as far as I could see--any other media presence that I felt truly alarmed. Who would know if things got a little crazy? They didn't but it made me wish again that I was part of a gaggle of folks, which is one thing the credentialing makes possible. Re your other questions: I cover a lot of crime scenes in my job and do hope I will get an LAPD credential soon. I do not believe KPFK was there but there were several U-streamers including OakFoSho who did a great job in pushing their way thru as did my colleague David Fonseca. One photographer--who had LAPD credentials but no pool access--I know complained about his limited ability to move thru the crowd and photograph protesters on the actual park site.
Alberto December 08, 2011 at 06:49 PM
I replied (at length, sorry) at your Echo Park patch.

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