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LAPD shake-up continues; melee's toll grows

May 09, 2007

LAPD shake-up continues; melee's toll grows

The number hurt May 1 jumps from 10 to 24, officials say. Bratton replaces a demoted deputy chief.

By Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton continued to shuffle his command staff Tuesday as investigators disclosed that 24 civilians — more than twice the number originally reported — had been struck by police batons or projectiles during the MacArthur Park melee.

That news came as Bratton briefed his Police Commission supervisors for the first time since the May 1 incident at a packed public hearing during which dozens of community activists voiced outrage over the use of force by officers attempting to break up an immigrant rights rally.

Previously, the department had said 10 civilians and seven officers were injured when police wearing riot gear moved into the park after agitators began throwing rocks and bottles at them. The larger number revealed Tuesday includes 10 members of the media.

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