Undercover Police Spied On Occupy Los Angeles In Search Of ‘Extremists’

occupy-los-angeles-460x307No word on how much fun undercover officers did or didn’t have during their infiltration of Occupy Los Angeles in search of terrorists. Reuters reports:

Undercover police officers infiltrated Occupy LA’s tent city last month to spy on people they suspected of stockpiling human waste and crude weapons for resisting an eventual eviction, police and city government sources said.

Authorities also used security cameras mounted outside City Hall, where the camp was located, and monitored publicly available Internet chatter and video on social-networking sites such as Twitter, sources said.

They insisted that covert surveillance of the camp was aimed not at anti-Wall Street activists exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression but at those they considered anti-government extremists bent on violence. Civil liberties advocates said they were troubled by law enforcement’s infiltration of peaceful demonstrations, although the LAPD’s undercover efforts were not unique.

In the end, nearly 300 Los Angeles demonstrators were arrested the night police raided their encampment, nearly all for defying orders to leave but with little violence.

The City Attorney’s Office has so far filed formal charges against seven people arrested before the raid and accused of violations ranging from weapons possession, battery, assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct.

But police said a key concern about the eviction stemmed from some individuals in the camp identified as belonging to or affiliated with radical organizations such as Sovereign Citizens, which the FBI classifies as an “extremist anti-government group,” and the Black Riders Liberation Party, deemed a “domestic terrorist group” by the LAPD.

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12 Responses to Undercover Police Spied On Occupy Los Angeles In Search Of ‘Extremists’

  1. Tuna Ghost December 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    It should be taken for granted that any sizable Occupy event and/or site is going to have undercover police attending.   

  2. Tuna Ghost December 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    It should be taken for granted that any sizable Occupy event and/or site is going to have undercover police attending.   

  3. Liam_McGonagle December 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    “Extremists”?  What sort of “extremists”?  The kind who’d plan a black op to infiltrate and file secret reports on their fellow citizens?

    • Who_wha_whut December 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      Maybe the kind of extremists who’d offer a bounty for the home addresses of police officers, like an Occupy Oakland guy suggested on his twitter account.

      • Anarchy Pony December 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

        How about the kind of extremists who deliberately shoot their fellow citizens in the head with tear gas canisters and then toss flash bangs at the people who come to his aid?

  4. Anonymous December 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    “Extremists”?  What sort of “extremists”?  The kind who’d plan a black op to infiltrate and file secret reports on their fellow citizens?

  5. Who_wha_whut December 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Maybe the kind of extremists who’d offer a bounty for the home addresses of police officers, like an Occupy Oakland guy suggested on his twitter account.

  6. Anarchy Pony December 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    How about the kind of extremists who deliberately shoot their fellow citizens in the head with tear gas canisters and then toss flash bangs at the people who come to his aid?

  7. Null December 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Or perhaps niggers.

  8. Weezus December 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    dont forget jews

  9. BuzzCoastin December 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    > Undercover Police Spied On Occupy Los Angeles

    really?!
    who woulda thunk it

    still not disclosed:
    50% of Occupy Los Angeles protesters
    are undercover cops or their snitches
    that includes contractors for: CIA, FBI, DEA and the KKK
    only the Postal Inspectors’ and Park Rangers’ snitches
    were left outa that one

  10. BuzzCoastin December 13, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    > Undercover Police Spied On Occupy Los Angeles

    really?!
    who woulda thunk it

    still not disclosed:
    50% of the Occupy Los Angeles protesters
    were undercover cops or their snitches
    that includes contractors for: CIA, FBI, DEA, KKK
    only the Postal Inspectors and Park Rangers snitches
    were left outa that one

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