The Los Angeles police finally figured out giving these lowlifes four days notice isn’t the best way to clear out the human debris. So they swept in overnight and finally fumigated. It was mostly peaceful, of course.
Much of the Occupy L.A. campsite was in shambles early Wednesday morning, with tents uprooted and strewn all over.
Most of the crowd either left or was arrested at about 2:10 a.m., but about three dozen occupiers remained on City Hall’s south lawn, seated on the ground with their arms locked together in a giant circle.
Los Angeles Police Department officers pulled out the remaining occupiers one by one by their legs and arms, putting them into plastic handcuffs. Nearly all of the protesters went limp and had to be carried out.
The camp, which had existed for two months, was a mess. Tents had been pulled up by police, leaving behind a scene of litter, cardboard boxes, plastic tarps and clothes.
The losers finally realize the party’s over.
Joe Gonzalez has been at Occupy L.A. for a month and a half, kicking in a tent, making friends, having a few trysts, rolling in the free stuff handed out and, unfortunately, falling back on some bad habits.
But now, he’s packing up. The party’s over. “I don’t want to go to jail,” said Gonzalez, 43, of Sylmar. “I don’t want anything on my record.”
Gonzalez said he’s a meth addict, attempting to recover with God’s help. The drugs at the camp — meth, crack, weed, pills — have tempted him, he said.
“The point of being out here,” he said, is “to party and to have no disturbances by police, and have your tent up day and night without having to take it down.”
Meanwhile, one of the few remaining Obamavilles was also dismantled in Philadelphia.
Police swarmed around City Hall and rousted Occupy Philadelphia protesters from their encampment overnight, more than two days after a deadline passed for them to leave.
The occupiers responded by roaming around Center City, scattering and regrouping with police following their every move in a chaotic night of cat-and-mouse that ended before daylight.
“The Dilworth occupation is over,” Mayor Nutter said at a news conference just before 7 a.m.
Crews were using bulldozers and other heavy equipment to clear up debris and fire hoses to wash down the plaza as he spoke.
He called the police operation to clear the plaza “tremendously well planned and executed.”
He said at least 50 people were arrested, 44 of them in a 5 a.m. face off on North 15th Street behind the Inquirer and School District buildings.
“We followed them around Center City all night long and finally arrested some of them,” Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.