As one-time radical Tom Hayden is calling LA’s treatment of the Occupiers “a crack of hope” compared to what has happened elsewhere and praising Mayor Antonio Villaragosa for his rejection of violence against protesters, the LAPD is taking off the kid gloves and gearing up to destroy the City Hall encampment in the dark with only hand-picked media allowed to observe.
#LAPD meeting to do lottery to select “pool media” for future #OccupyLA activity. Interested media in pool must have rep attend mtg @ 7:15pm
RT @DavidBegnaud: #LAPD media relations to hold news conference at 7:15pm tonight @LAPDHQ regarding #occupyla #ktla
The intention was to keep a lid on how much video and credible information got out to the public when the cops come storming down with full force sometime before the weekend when the mayor heads off to Asia on a junket to announce deals with Korea and China that lopsidedly benefit them but give him a chance to create he is creating jobs in L.A. — one for every 10 there.
Fowler got this information when she sent the tweets to a reporter who attended the meeting on the press pool selection:
“They were only going to let in one media outlet for each medium (print, tv and radio) but we convinced them to let in three….the only media eligible for pool were those who were on the LAPD press release list and able to get to headquarters with an hours notice. So very few were represented at the meeting. I asked about independent radio/blogs and they said that only media with LAPD-issued badges would be allowed in the vicinity. I asked about those already at the camp and they said after the unlawful assembly order everyone who doesn’t leave will be arrested, even those who are journalists. Our attorney was looking into whether there were legal challenges to be made.”
“Once again, a clear violation of First Amendment Rights is occuring over Occupy LA and its eviction. It remains to be seen whether other members of the MSM (mainstream media) excluded from the pool adhere to it or not, but the banning of MSM from the scene of Occupy LA during its eviction severely inhibits the press from reporting fairly and accurately, as well as protecting Occupiers from police abuses, which are frequently deterred by the presence of the media. Last night, on the street, one of the chants heard often was “The Whole World is Watching”.
“LAPD listened to that, and instantly addressed it, so that they can make sure the whole world isn’t watching. Only those MSM outlets they choose to filter our information are going to be watching Occupy LA and LAPD’s attempts to evict us.”
The only thing stalling the attack is the lawsuit filed against the city and the mayor specifically by five occupiers and the National Lawyers Guild’s Jim Lafferty, citing the City Council’s resolution giving 100 percent support to Occupy L.A. last month and Council President Eric Garcetti’s personal promise that they can stay encamped at City Hall as long as “they need to?
It was a
commitment made with Bill Rosendahl’s nodding approval although the Councilman now thinks an ad hoc committee to discuss their concerns will assuage the feelings of betrayal among the protesters.
You can watch the video of how they made their promise early in the occupation and how Rosendahl was greeted as he tried to weasel his way out. You can also watch the mayor’s remarkable double-talking interview with KTLA on Monday after he sent in 500 cops to remove the protesters Sunday night and then ordered them to back down — an order that has left the rank-and-file who stood on the street all night long furious at him and their weak-kneed Chief Charlie Beck.