Jul 12, 2012
The Chalk Walk was an event organized by members of the Occupy Los Angeles Movement during the monthly Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles. The objective was to raise awareness of the criminalization of free speech. A small group of LAPD officers were threatening and harassing occupiers using scare tactics such as filming with their cell phones (see picture below) and arresting people for writing with washable chalk.
There was a larger number of police officers on 5th St. ready with batons and riot gear. Many people didn’t understand why LAPD had so many officers for the Art Walk.
The cultural event turned into a violent confrontation between citizens and police officers. Hundreds of people who were not members of Occupy Los Angeles took the streets and started chalking on the pavement to protest mainly against police brutality and political/corporate corruption.
A police officer started shooting rubber bullets into a crowd of around 200 people on Spring Street between 4th & 3rd. In view of this, people reacted throwing bottles and LAPD continued firing their rubber bullet guns.
An unarmed bystander got shot at point-blank with a rubber bullet on his chest, fell down immediately after the impact, and got arrested.