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California in Brief / LOS ANGELES

Inquiry into park melee nears end

January 09, 2008|Richard Winton

The LAPD's investigation into the actions of its officers during the MacArthur Park melee last May will be presented to the district attorney's office and department managers by the end of the month, Deputy Chief Mark Perez told the city's Police Commission on Monday.

A May 1 immigration rally turned violent after Metro Division police officers responded to a small group of people throwing rocks and plastic bottles.

Officers marched across the park firing hundreds of foam-like bullets and wielding batons at the protesters and the media.

Perez refused to estimate just how many officers will would face criminal prosecution or disciplinary action.

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