L.A. Police Chief: ‘It All Broke Down’
Posted on May 30, 2007
As he delivered a report on the May Day incident to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Chief William Bratton acknowledged that his officers made mistakes born out of a breakdown in communication. Video of riot police firing rubber bullets into an apparently peaceful and compliant gathering of immigration protesters on May 1 sparked public outrage and an investigation.
The head of the Los Angeles Police Department, William Bratton, has admitted that his officers made serious mistakes at the end of a May Day rally.
Video footage of the clashes showed police beating unarmed demonstrators with batons and firing rubber bullets.
More than 40 demonstrators and journalists were injured as police dispersed crowds at the rally.