Occupy Los Angeles (OWS) protestors engaged in a violent clash with law enforcement officers in riot gear as “Kill Cops,” was allegedly angrily shouted, according to KNBC-TV News. Hundreds of Occupy L.A. Protestors converged in the downtown area during what was promoted as an “Adult Side-Walk Chalk” protest by the OWS group. The protest coincided with the city’s monthly Art Walk. The Occupy L.A. protest turned violent after bottles and rocks were thrown at police officers, who protected themselves by shooting non-lethal rubber bullets. Los Angeles police officers ordered the massive crowd to disperse, but the instructions were reportedly met with hostility by Occupy Los Angeles protestors.
OWS protestors became “frustrated” after the police officers would not permit them to write with chalk “wherever they pleased” on public property, The Blaze reports. Aerial photos of the protest show Occupy L.A. Protestors running into the street writing cryptic messages such as “kill police,” with drawings of pigs beneath the words, “chalk the police,” and “you wouldn’t shoot your kids for this, why shoot us?” The Occupy Los Angeles protestors also reportedly shouted, “Show me what a police sate looks like, this is what a police state looks like,” while refusing to leave the area.
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Some OWS L.A. Protestors could be heard asking their peers to “keep the peace” when the chalk protest in downtown Los Angeles began taking a violent turn. KCPC Southern California Public Radio reports that 20 arrests were made during the OWS Chalk Walk protest and several police officer were injured.