Saturday was the M17 Occupy festival in Downtown right across from Solidarity Park (formerly La city hall park). It was a celebration of the 6 month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It was filled with free food for the community, information to give to the public, and music! It was going pretty well until the police decided to crash the party, a group of maybe 10 or so officers just come up and start getting rude with us, It was pretty rainy yesterday so we set up a tent to store all of the paper materials. This apparently wasn’t okay, they already literally stomped all over the other tent that was being used to protect us from the rain, so i went over to the materials tent to help start taking the paper information to a car so it wouldn’t get ruined by the rain, as we are trying to comply with the officers they form a perimeter around the tent while im trying to explain that im trying to HELP them do what they want us to do, we were listening to their requests. They try to literally force me from being around the tent, soon after that we take the tent down after we explain to them that that’s exactly what we were doing before they decided to come over. Soon after that, an occupier decided to go on the other side of the fence, Im not sure why, but when he came back on our side the officer who had been instigating things rushed over to him and went to go arrest him, people ran over to make sure he wasn’t being abused, people ran over to shoot video too. the rest of the 10 or so officers ran over batons extended to break up the situation, and they began to arrest a few other people in the crowd who were standing behind their mini police line, 4 officers jump on top of one person slam him to the ground, literally shoving his face into the cement and into a fucking tree, I get pushed over to 3 different officers until one of them just decided to throw me down to the ground. A total of 4 people were arrested, one could have a broken arm, one was arrested on a felony “Lynching” charge, after the arrests happened and the officers with the pepper ball shotguns showed up the cops literally, in 10 minutes flat dissapeared from the scene without a trace, it might as well have been kidnapping, the officers involved refused to give us their badge numbers, which in case you didn’t know is completely illegal, and refused to give us any information about where the arestee’s were being held. It was a clear show of force and intimidation by the LAPD brought on by absolutely nothing. The police force is getting pretty comfortable with instigating situations at peaceful events, and its absolutely shameful.