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L.A. to pay $13M after May Day melee

November 20, 2008 7:43:33 AM PST
The city of Los Angeles is reportedly ready to pay $13 million to settle lawsuits stemming from the 2007 May Day demonstration that turned violent.The $13 million does not include claims filed by journalists.

The LAPD was trying to break up a protest on May 1, 2007, at MacArthur Park, but they were using rubber bullets and batons during a largely peaceful protest.

A number of people were injured, including children.

The department had a number of claims filed against it, and it led to a massive retraining of department personnel. Two commanding officers were reassigned, one ended up resigning, and a number of police officers still face the possibility of termination over what happened on that day.

In response, the police protectively issued a statement that said, "Through the administrative process, we trust that each of the officers involved will be given a fair review that will evaluate their actions in the context of what they had been ordered to do, the tools and training they were given to accomplish those tasks, and the conditions under which they were operating.

The L.A. City Council will need to approve the $13 million settlement, and the amount may rise due to journalists' claims filed on the state level. A number of journalists were injured in the melee.


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