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The Best (and Only) View From Inside the OccupyLA Crackdown

This morning, much has rightly been made about the restrictions imposed by LAPD on journalists attempting to cover the clearing of the OccupyLA encampment. LAist tweeted last night that LAPD went so far as to prohibit journalists from tweeting who were embedded with the LAPD.

What was clear from watching live video footage of the raid last night, was that journalists who were not embedded with police–and subject to their seemingly arbitrary embargoes–were under certain risk of arrest should they attempt to cover the crackdown from inside the confines of a police cordon. This created a virtual media blackout of what was actually happening inside the zone where police were arresting people.

There was, however, a single Ustream feed that was able to broadcast from the middle of the fray late into the night. That feed was OccupyCivicEngagement. FishbowlLA has reached out the feed’s camerawoman, who was almost certainly arrested for her trouble last night. We’ve yet to hear back.

In the meanwhile, however, her footage is the only we’ve seen from inside the arrest zone. Several of her videos are indexed on the OccupyCivicEngagement Ustream page. Worth a look.

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