Shades of black helicopters! Five of them, to be precise, one Black Hawk and four OH-6 “Little Birds” … were used in the exercise, which included flying low over the US Bank building downtown and over the Staples Center during a Clippers game. Here’s Dan Bacher of AlterNet by way of truthout, quoting LAPD:
“The Los Angeles Police Department will be providing support for a joint military training exercise in and around the great Los Angeles area,” the release stated. “This will be routine training conducted by military personnel, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements.”
“This training has been coordinated with local authorities and owners of the training sites. The training sites have been carefully selected to ensure the event does not negatively impact the citizens of Los Angeles and their daily routines,” the Department claimed.
“Lastly, safety precautions have been taken to prevent risk to the general public and the military personnel involved. As such, this training is not open to the public,” the Department concluded.
If you are reading this site, you are probably aware that the military and the civilian police serve vastly different functions in the United States, and in years past they have kept a respectful distance from each other’s field operations. One can only speculate what it means when the US Army (I presume) and the LAPD see fit to coordinate an exercise in downtown LA. Maybe it’s nothing to worry about, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. As for me, I plan to watch what happens next… and yes, I shall worry.