LAPD, US Military Conduct Joint ‘Tactical Exercises’ Over Downtown LA

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.

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  • ellroon  On Sunday January 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    What really flipped me out was when I read that Blackwater (Xe or whatever) was offering training to police departments around the US. About that time, deaths from tasers began to mount… not that I’m saying that the mercenary fundamentalist fascist organization had anything to do with heavy-handed tactics used by over-eager cops….

    • Steve  On Sunday January 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      ellroon, whether it’s Blackwater or some other body, it is clear to me that police assaults on Occupy encampments in dozens of cities across the nation are coordinated attacks. It’s not just a copycat action from one city to the next: someone or some group is strategically coordinating the attacks, at least in nature and quite possibly in time. Too many things are exactly the same: riot gear (who needs riot gear against nonviolent protesters?), pepper spray or Mace, rubber bullets, the consistent appearance of the violent black bloc (possibly agents provocateurs), obviously premeditated arrests of members of the press and media, specious claims of “illegal assembly” (what makes any peaceful assembly illegal? and what about the First Amendment rights of assembly and petition?), over-tight plastic handcuffs, abandonment of cuffed confined protesters for hours away from bathroom facilities, etc. etc. … it’s all the same from city to city. It’s a rare large city that doesn’t see such actions today. (Houston is such a rare city… arrests are few and violent police response is virtually nonexistent.)

      What that tells me is that somebody waaay up the hierarchy… and I’m not excluding the possibility that it’s somebody in Washington… is deliberately strategizing the violence at these events, whether for its own sake to discourage protest, or as a preparation for some sort of massive coup-like action the nature of which is “government vs. citizens.” I wouldn’t bet either way right now. Time will tell, and probably not much time at that.

    • Steve  On Sunday January 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Fascinating… ellroon, I mistakenly assumed your comment was on the newer post about Occupy Oakland… but my response, regrettably, seems appropriate anyway.

  • Charles2  On Monday January 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Interesting the use of the OH-6s; Only one Army aviation unit uses them. This unit is known for their broad training and skills. I don’t remember them training over major metropolitan areas though…

    • Steve  On Monday January 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Good to see you, Charles2; it’s been too long! You flew those copters in your Army days, didn’t you?

      Perhaps if it weren’t the LAPD, I could understand some sort of exercise in these crazed days. But given the history of LAPD, I have to believe that they initiated the plan for joint exercises, and that the whole operation was intended… yes, intended… as a threat to anyone in the general public who might be inclined to engage in peaceful protest. All we can do is watch, wait… and hope against hope that the Army, at least, will refuse to participate in a combined assault on its own people.

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