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LAPD Slapped With 15 Complaints From People Arrested During Occupy LA Raid

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Los Angeles police charge a group of protesters down a flight of stairs, arresting one individual at Los Angeles St and Temple St. (Photo by Jonathan Nafarrete /Used with permission)
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Of the 292 people arrested during last week's raid on the Occupy LA encampment, so far 15 have filed formal complaints against the Los Angeles Police Department regarding how they were treating during their detainment.

"Commander Andrew J. Smith, a spokesman for the LAPD, said the 15 complaints would be investigated by internal affairs," reports KPCC.

The complaints run a moderate spectrum of allegations, including use of force by the arresting officers, issues on the buses used to transport arrestees such as access to the restroom, as well as complaints about the rights of people to be in the park, and a handful of as-yet classified complaints. Smith says they take every complaint seriously.

Stories of the arrests have been cropping up online, via video from post-raid Occupy LA general assembly meetings, on blog posts, in mainstream media, and on Twitter, where a hashtag #ola292 has been devoted to sharing those tales.

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With many of the arrestees attesting they were given conflicting information while two or three blocks away from City Hall Park about where to go to avoid arrest in the hours after the midnight raid, it became clear following the events of the early hours of November 30 that it was not just those who stayed in the park who were targeted for arrest by the LAPD.

Arrest stories include too-tight zip tie restraints, women and men being ordered to relieve themselves in their pants or on bus seats, unreasonably long booking times of several hours, not being read their Miranda rights, officers from the LAPD and the LA County Sheriff's Department being cruel or mocking, and not having access to legal counsel once in jail, among others.

When it comes to the bathroom, Smith says those requests were accommodated, "but I can’t say that every single person was able to use the bathroom when they wanted to." The LAPD intends to further review all footage of the "peaceful" raid.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his homey, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, have been congratulating themselves on the planning and execution of the clearing of Occupy LA.