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Rampaging skater kids … the Apocalypse is clearly upon us. Report from NBC Los Angeles:

The mob of skateboarders and skate fans who ran amok through Hollywood on Saturday night, captured on a YouTube video by a driver caught in the middle of the mayhem, garnered national attention just as it attracted a swift crackdown by riot police.

Skaters were seen vandalizing businesses and throwing bottles, while bystanders are seen running — resulting in the deployment of more than 100 Los Angeles police officers in riot gear…


Neighbors used cell phones to film four LAPD officers brutally beating an African American college student who was handcuffed and lying on the ground, resulting in a concussion and broken facial bones. Ronald Weekley Jr. had been skateboarding in front of his family’s house, and a friend says that Weekley initially did not stop because he believed the officers were addressing a group of men standing nearby. He is now behind bars for resisting arrest, with the obvious question being, why would an arrest ever be made in the instance of someone skating in front of his or her home? KTLA-TV Los Angeles reports:


Apparently the Chalk Walk demonstration held as part of the LA Artwalk was viewed as a threat by authorities. NowPublic writes:

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.



Gelatobaby‘s Alyssa Walker went on an unmissable clandestine urban exploration tour — through the abandoned subway system nestled below L.A., revealing an uninhabited sub-city filled with strange sights: Behold the Subway Terminal…




Alex Jones presents newly exposed footage filmed at LAX airport in Los Angeles confirming a ‘rendition hub’ capable of processing thousands of people per hour from straight off the tarmac and other transportation points.

Further, Alex dredges up video clips of other facilities used in the past for mass containment of dissenters- from Pier 57 in New York City used to detain those rounded-up during mass arrests at the 2004 Republican National Convention to the former Mueller Airport facility in Austin which news clips exposed had been converted to hold mass arrestees to the Sand Point Naval Station in Seattle used for 1999 WTO protesters.



Sal LabarberaSimone Wilson writes on LA Weekly:

Local arts blog LA Taco is fuming over the “callous” Twitter activity of LAPD Homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera. (As of December 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times, La Barbera was “a 20-year homicide veteran who heads the Watts homicide squad in LAPD’s South Bureau.”)

LaBarbera is certainly active on Twitter — throwing out RTs, #FFs and hashtags like he was born to the social-media generation. (The detective is also big on @ing journalists from local news stations and the Times.) His handle on the medium is pretty impressive for a weathered murder cop…

… and right out ahead of other police departments’ slow struggle to incorporate social media into their investigative work.