Here is a video of the LAPD forcibly breaking up a peaceful and permitted rally, by firing indiscriminately into the crowd.
Even a Fox News (!!!!) cameraperson was beaten up and her equipment damaged. Strange that the news organization whose leaders endorse this kind of move towards the hardline right end up getting their own (innocent) employees attacked.
The purpose of this officially sanctioned arbitrary violence is most likely to intimidate people from peaceful assembly (especially minorities and other targeted groups). Of course, the LAPD (and their hired private security thugs from Wackenhut, Blackwater etc) will use the standard claim that "they were provoked first".
Now there are claims by LAPD Chief William Bratton that there will be a "vigorous investigation" into the conduct of officers. Ha! Gimme a break... the police investigating the police... is this amateur comedy hour or what?
This has shades of the Miami anti-WTO demonstration some 4 years ago where Miami P.D. Chief John Timoney ordered his men (and an army of hired goons) to wade in indiscriminately attacking and terrorizing peaceful marchers.
The pattern is clear. Major city police are becoming increasingly politicized, firmly on the side of big money and hard line rightwing causes.