Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled tents and arrested Occupy protesters who refused to leave city property early Wednesday.
Los Angeles police moved in at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (3:30 a.m. ET). About an hour later, the City Hall lawn was cleared and closed for cleanup. About 200 people were arrested in the operation, utilizing some 1,400 officers, said Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Police described the operation as fairly peaceful, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa early Wednesday praised officers’ professionalism.
The Los Angeles encampment, which has been in place for some 60 days, had become the largest remaining one after police raided New York’s Zuccotti Park on November 15 and dismantled the nearly two-month-old camp there.
In Philadelphia, 52 people were arrested — six as officers cleared Dilworth Plaza, near City Hall; 44 at another location; and two others elsewhere, one on suspicion of disorderly conduct and one on suspicion of assaulting an officer, said police spokeswoman Christine O’Brien.
The evictions at Dilworth Plaza came about 1 a.m. ET, according to CNN affiliate WPVI. The station said the 44 other arrests came after scuffles broke out when police ordered protesters to clear the street.
O’Brien said police remained at the scene Wednesday, and the plaza was being cleaned. WPVI reported several streets were closed until further notice.
Three people were injured, O’Brien said. Two police officers were treated and released, and a protester was taken to a hospital after she said a police horse had stepped on her toe.