As the dust settles after 1,400 LAPD officers evicted persistent Occupy L.A. protesters camping in front of City Hall, there are mixed reactions to the confrontation between police and activists.
After touring the park where the protesters had been squatting, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised the LAPD and stated, "I said that here in L.A. we'd chart a different path, and we did." Conversely, some reports of police violence are surfacing, such as that from blogger Ruth Fowler who claimed to have witnessed police officers chase and violently beat protesters who were simply fleeing the area; however, no explicit reports of police brutality have been confirmed.
What do you think of how the LAPD handled the eviction process? How long should the protesters have been permitted to remain, if at all? How else can the protesters effectively voice their grievances?
Commander Andy Smith, commanding officer LAPD Public Information Office