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Posts Tagged ‘Mario Brito’

City News Service Reporter Scores Major OccupyLA Scoop

There’s an OccupyLA flavored story buzzing all over the Internet this morning, and it’s all thanks to City News Service City Hall reporter Richie Duchon (pictured).

Duchon’s dispatch was quickly picked up yesterday evening by MyFOXLA and the LA Times, and since then by all manner of local, national and international media. It’s easy to see why. Duchon reports that prior to the Tuesday November 29 raid on OccupyLA, the LAPD sent in undercover officers posing as protesters:

Nearly a dozen undercover detectives began joining the camp about two weeks ago to gather intelligence on protesters’ plans for resisting eviction, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak about the matter. The undercover officers gathered information on specific demonstrators who might have posed a potential threat.

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City Columnist Camps Out at Occupy LA

A month in, critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its many nationwide offshoots continue to complain about the lack of a clear, consensus message.  So, as the sun set on Columbus Day, LA Times city columnist Steve Lopez decided to sound out the nearby downtown LA nucleus for himself by pitching an overnight tent.

Most of what Lopez discovered confirms the idea of a spontaneous grassroots movement still scrambling to organize itself. The night’s “General Assembly” open-mike discussion for example was a rambling affair, prompting 57-year-old Occupy LA organizer Kwazi Nkrumah to finally step in:

Nkrumah took the microphone to announce that in the future, official positions on certain topics would be hammered out by a supercommittee rather than being endlessly discussed. But he’s pleased overall with how things are going…

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