Trouble broke out briefly as officers tried to get a truck through an intersection
and protesters threw bottles and other objects.
Police responded by splitting the crowd in half
and taking over the intersection, using batons.
Several rubber bullets were fired.
During the standoff, a CNN photographer
dropped his cellular telephone, which was
picked up by a police officer. When a CNN
sound technician leaned forward to take the
phone from the officer, she said another
police officer jabbed her in the stomach with a
She was taken to Glendale Memorial Hospital,
where she was diagnosed with bruised and
contused ribs, and released.
Tom Johnson, chairman, president and chief
executive officer of the CNN News Group,
complained by letter to Los Angeles Police
Chief Bernard Parks that "unnecessary force"
was used against the sound technician. "We expect a prompt review by LAPD of
this incident and a reprimand of the officer involved," Johnson's letter said.
Police spokesman Commander David Kalish told CNN, "We apologize for that,
but, unfortunately, that's what happens in these types of situations when
journalists are integrated in a violent situation."
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