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Los Angeles, MayDay

This is independent footage from the bizarre police response in Los Angeles.

The May Day immigration protests Tuesday began as a textbook moment for LAPD community relations.

Top department officials had meetings with march and rally organizers weeks before to help plan the route, set the ground rules and make sure there would be no trouble.

Police officers appeared relaxed and could be seen chatting and laughing with protesters as they moved up Broadway to City Hall earlier Tuesday.

But six hours later, the situation turned dark.

A group of agitators began throwing plastic bottles and other objects at police during a late afternoon rally at MacArthur Park.

LAPD officers in riot gear quickly moved in, firing scores of foam projectiles rubber bullets and swinging batons at marchers and reporters.

By 'swinging batons' they mean beating people in case that pretty language confused you. If you watch the video you see a peaceful protest with women and children.

Old women and children were not the big tough guys only target. They also went after the media, beating women reporters, there is a report here

I dont think people will bring their kids to the next protest, and i dont think they will be unprepared.

telemundo 52

LA Indymedia has a round up here

I guess the LA Cops showed the college repubs how its done

UPDATE: The LAPD Metro unit was on hand and apparently they were the instigators,
"Double time, it's tussle time."
-- Metro Riot Squad Member

These are the same guys who roughed up and maced the press and demonstrators during the 2000 convention.

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