LOS ANGELES - “Los Angeles police used nearly a dozen undercover detectives to infiltrate the Occupy LA encampment before this week's raid to gather information on the anti-Wall Street protesters' intentions, according to media reports Friday.”
"The movement is at a crossroads," the mayor said. "It is time for Occupy LA to move from holding a particular patch of park land to spreading the message of economic justice and signing more people up for the push to restore the balance to American society."
The Tree People were the last casualties of the LAPD midnight raid. They were finally removed with bean bags in what turned out to be the most dramatic event of the evening. Despite the fact that more than 200 people were arrested, there wasn't much in the way of violent confrontations. Over a thousand LAPD officers remaining calm and reserved throughout.
Not much activity over night. The cops didn't make any sort of advance on the remaining occupiers at City Hall. Turns our there were five plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of those who became residents for 58 days. Mario Brito, Matt Ward, Jim Lafferty and two others (Kat and Jessie) made the civil complaint against the city, the mayor and LAPD.
The eviction seems to be proceeding smoothly. There will be an undetermined number of “residents” leftover after the exodus, but the concern for LAPD will likely be those who arrive for the festivities from elsewhere. There have been unconfirmed reports of groups hostile to LAPD that see this as an opportunity to be exploited, much like the group that broke off in Oakland going on a vandalism junket apart from the main body of demonstrators.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- "A man collapsed while doing some Black Friday shopping in a crowded store, and people nearby continued to shop . . . Witnesses tell WSAZ.com some shoppers walked around and even over the man's body."