Via LA Weekly:
The ongoing battle between Occupy Los Angeles and local business interests has moved to a new front: the sidewalk. Los Angeles artist Alex Schaefer was detained and arrested for misdemeanor vandalism by the LAPD for the questionable crime of chalking the sidewalk on the sidewalk in front of a Chase bank:
Alex was chalking the words crooks, crime, and chaos with the Chase logo on the sidewalk around a chase branch at 6th & Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. 3 “district safety” patrolmen (these are private security paid for by local business interests) stopped and called the LAPD.
A total of 5 lapd cars were called to the scene as well as the 3 district safety officers and a large water truck. Alex was taken into custody on a misdemeanor vandalism charge.