The LAPD takes sidewalk chalk very seriously. Seriously enough to send 140 riot police to forcibly stop an Occupy LA group from drawing on the sidewalk during LA Artwalk.
“They were vandalizing the sidewalk and privately owned buildings writing in chalk. The city attorney – this is something they prosecute. It is a misdemeanor and sometimes it can be a felony,” the LAPD’s Norma Eisenman told KPCC.
19 people were arrested after the police attacked the Chalk Walk demonstration with batons, rubber bullets, and tear gas.