At a May Day celebration an elite platoon of LAPD advanced upon a crowd of immigrants and journalists. The event was an Immigrant Rights rally. The order for rally attendees to disperse was delivered in english from a helicopter.
My favorite quote from the story comes from a journalist, "It seems to me you don't have to be highly trained for that," commenting on a general question from the media as to why the officers were hitting reporters and camera operators. Journalists are up in arms over this, why were they attacked? I think that is the challenge here, journalists have to make sure they don't get out of line. I think they have every right to be upset, but both stories I looked at dealt with the rally go-ers only lightly. They must be just as upset over the event.
This story also mentions the police chief's apology but gets some of the facts wrong. According to the first story 148 projectiles were fired, apparently the original number of 240 was wrong, the second story fails to mention the correction.
I think there needs to be more analysis of why the police ramped up their crowd dispersing tactics. The first article briefly mentions that some of the rally participants were hurling rocks and bottles at the police, but why? What prompted the police to even be there and disrupt the event?