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LAPD PUSH, SHOOT, KICK MAN IN FACE, ARREST HIM AT ARTWALK
LAPD Arrest and Harm More Artwalkers than Occupiers at “Chalk Walk”
LOS ANGELES – Early Sunday morning videos and images surface online of LAPD violence at Thursday’s Downtown LA Art Walk. LAPD pushed at least one unknown man, shot him in the chest at close range, kicked him in the face while Occupiers were trying to help, the cops squish his face into the ground, then the cops arrested him.
As seen in a youtube video recorded from above, the man was clearly backing up from a line of at least 30 police officers. He turns and walks onto the sidewalk when a police officer pushes him into the street and another officer shoots him in the torso at close range.
After the man stumbles to the ground, two Occupiers come to his aid but police move in, chase the occupiers off, 14 officers surround the man, while one officers kicks the man in the face, then two other officers smash his face into the pavement, and violently arrested him. Another youtube video, shows the incident from on the ground. And another vimeo video has surfaced of the same event.
[Update: Another video of this incident has been posted on Vimeo and it clearly shows the skateboard kicked into the man's face at 13:11.]
Occupy activists say at least 4 people were injured with police projectiles.