LOS ANGELES - Occupy LA protesters say they will stage another demonstration coinciding with tonight's ArtWalk in downtown Los Angeles, and police say officers will be in the streets to monitor the situation.
The monthly arts celebration, which takes place the second Thursday of each month, attracting thousands of people to the area of Spring Street between Third and Seventh streets, was marred July 12 by violence after police moved in to stop chalk-wielding protesters from scrawling messages on sidewalks, streets and buildings and were pelted by bottles.
Officers responded by firing non-lethal rounds. Four officers were injured in the melee and 17 protesters were arrested on suspicion of various offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and failure to disperse, according to police.
Police caused the trouble with an "excessive show and use of force" in response to free speech protests, and most of the people who clashed with officers and were arrested were not part of the Occupy movement, according to Occupy LA activist Cheryl Aichele.
Protesters plan to set up "an open community art and music space in Pershing Square" from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Occupy LA Facebook says the event will be confined to Pershing Square, which is at Sixth and Olive streets, two blocks from the main ArtWalk activity.
The Pershing Square event was set to run from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Capt. Horace Frank of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division told the Los Angeles Times that police officials are aware that another protest is planned and officers will be on hand to deal with any possible trouble.
"Obviously, because they've been talking about it, we can't ignore it," he told the newspaper.