if handing out chalk is ‘seeking confrontation with the cops’ then so be it. all previous 12 arrests were done peacefully (if you can call handcuffing and imprisoning someones body, peaceful) there was no reason to think the LAPD would show up in force, let alone use excessive force to instigate a riot. we explained to people the ‘dangers’ of chalking and the people who were there for art walk were so incensed by the brutal arrest of a woman (mind you after 7 previous arrests that night) they spilled into the streets. people in buildings living in lofts apparently threw bottles and the police used this as a reason to escalate the situation by firing projectiles. this has nothing to do with ‘anarchist tactics’ handing out chalk is not one of these such tactics, nor is it a provocative action. to even mention that in the wake of blatant repressive police state violence minimizes the actions of the police and strengthens the legitimacy of their violence-monopoly on the state. we had chalk, before anything was thrown they were in full riot lines. this was after a month of struggle at our new occupation site outside the lobby group that runs DTLA and lobbies state and city gov. this was most definitely about DOMINATION of space, privatization of space, criminalization of dissent. it was meant to be a fun, outreach action. and most of the occupiers had left before it the police chose to amass further and escalate.
As an attendee at the July 12 Art Walk, I think police reaction was outrageous, and I would love to sign a petition that calls for an independent investigation, if there is a petition circulating!
See one of the comments in this new thread: http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2012/07/a-call-for-an-independent-investigation-into-lapd-actions-at-712-artwalk/ (Something got munged with the original story so Vern republished it.) A petition is now out at this link:
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