Here are some testimonials of police brutality and abuse from arrestees.
By multiple accounts, arrestees were humiliated, beaten, injured, threatened, and denied their rights to a lawyer. Several accounts say that a man's wrist was broken. Many occupiers were held on misdemeanor charges for over 50 hours. As of today, about 50 of us remain incarcerated.
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.
Tonight, hundreds of officers in riot gear marched along Main St and poured into the camp from the south exit of City Hall. Meanwhile, police with hazmat suits marched in on 1st Street, later arresting occupiers and swabbing their mouths for DNA. Some occupiers held candles, to which the LAPD responded with fire extinguishers. There were reports of beatings. According to the LAPD, 1400 officers made 200 arrests.
When causes reach out and band together, true movements for economic and social change begin and coalesce. In standing in support of the South Central Farmers, Occupy Los Angeles stands with our occupation of the South Central Farm five years ago, our struggle for healthy food and community rights, and with Los Angelenos' long history of resistance to our city leaders' oppression of those among our friends and neighbors who are least advantaged.