Police action against IMC

On August 15, 2000, the Los Angeles Police Department temporarily shut down the satellite uplink and production studio of the Los Angeles Independent Media Center on its first night of Democratic National Convention coverage, claiming explosives were in a van in the adjacent parking lot.[51] In July, 2001 at the 27th G8 summit in Genoa, Indymedia journalists were seriously assaulted at the Diaz school where Indymedia had set up a temporary journalism center and radio station. Twenty-nine Italian police officers were indicted for grievous bodily harm, planting evidence and wrongful arrest during a night-time raid on the Diaz School, and thirteen were convicted.[52][53] A further 45 state officials, including police officers, prison guards and doctors, were charged with physically and mentally abusing demonstrators and journalists held in a detention centre in the nearby town of Bolzaneto.[citation needed] Video evidence from Indymedia and from the video activist group Undercurrents, was used as key evidence for the prosecution.[54][dead link] On June 1, 2003, Indymedia journalist Guy Smallman was seriously injured by a police grenade[55][dead link][56] in Geneva. He was covering protests against the G8 summit in nearby Evian for Indymedia and Image Sans Frontiere. [edit]Brad Will shooting Indymedia banner in the Netherlands protesting the Oaxaca shootings Main article: Brad Will On October 27, 2006, New York–based journalist Bradley Roland Will was killed along with two Mexican protesters in the city of Oaxaca. People had been demonstrating in the city since May as part of an

prising prompted by a teachers strike. Lizbeth Cana, attorney general of Oaxaca, claimed the conflict was caused by the protesters and that the gunmen who engaged them were upset residents from the area.[citation needed] The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, however, claimed the men may have been local police.[citation needed] Reporters Without Borders condemned the actions of the Mexican government in allowing the accused to go free.[57] Protesters also allege that the men were police and not local residents. Associated Press alleged that the protesters also had guns, describing the conflict as a "shootout". Bradley Roland Will (June 14, 1970 – 2006) was an American activist, videographer and amateur journalist affiliated with Indymedia. On October 27, 2006 during a labor dispute in the Mexican city of Oaxaca,[1][2] Will was shot twice by government-aligned paramilitaries, resulting in his death.The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the police department of the city of Los Angeles, California. With 10,023 officers[3] and 2,879 civilian staff, covering an area of 498 square miles (1,290 km2) with a population of 3,792,621 million people as of the 2010 Census, it is the third largest local law enforcement agency in the United States, after the New York City Police Department and the Chicago Police Department.[4] The LAPD has been copiously fictionalized in numerous movies, novels and television shows throughout its history. The department has also been associated with a number of controversies, mainly concerned with racial animosity, police brutality and police corruption.

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