I was just about to post a link to our public flickr group to point out some of the great images many readers submitted yesterday when received a submission from Marc Brown at Buzznet pointing to the videos posted last night by 22 year old Buzznet user Mark Oshiro, whose buzznet profile is called Panasonicyouth.
While this is only one side of the story, and a perfect example of when an LAPD Blog would be useful (it’s coming shortly), it seems that at least there was a bit of a scuffle between protesters and police in MacArthur Park last night.
He posted 3 videos which were taken around 9:30PM and posted about an hour later [ one | two | three ] which are kinda low res (being that that they were filmed with a phone) but you can clearly see people in the street, police officers rushing into them, what looks like flags being thrown at the cops, and then people being hit. Since Mark was the one who took the videos, it might be better to read his commentary since he knew what he was filmming. On the first video he writes:
“LAPD swarm and beat/kick an unarmed protestor. Perhaps one of the most frightening things I’ve ever seen, the police storm the protestors again for the second time. Watch closely; you’ll see one Hispanic male start to run, and then you’ll see the LAPD pick one guy and begin to hail him with clubs and kicks. He falls to the ground, assumes the fetal position, and continues to get beat/kicked for another 10-15 seconds. Watch the LAPD and the sheriffs throw people out of the way who try to come to this guy’s aid. He was bleeding quite a bit from his head, but I couldn’t get close enough to film that. One of the sheriff’s had a billy club pointed at me.
The worst part of this video is when the group who are helping the wounded man out of the way. Watch closely and you can see an LAPD officer run in and hit an innocent good samaritan with his/her club. Disgusting.”