Undercover Cops Infiltrated Occupy LA Before Raid

About a dozen mingled among protesters to look for potential trouble
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 5:41 AM CST
Los Angeles police officers arrest an Occupy LA supporter at the camp at City Hall Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

(Newser) – The Los Angeles police had nearly a dozen undercover officers mixed in with the Occupy LA protesters in the weeks before Wednesday's pre-dawn raid, gathering information about stashed weapons or other potential problems, reports the LA Times. (Confirming a story in City News Service.) None of the undercover police officers slept in the park, and police officials downplayed their importance, given how public most of the Occupy meetings were.

Twenty-seven additional people were charged yesterday with criminal misdemeanors related to the raid, bringing the total number of people charged to 46, reports the AP. All together, 291 were arrested, but most were eventually let go given their clean records. Of those charged, most faced bails of $5,000, although some were as high as $20,000.

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