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What Do You Do When Breaking News Happens Right Outside Your Window?

July 13, 2012 by Journalism, News

You grab your Sony NEX-7 with the 50mm 1.8 image stabilized lens and start shooting (note to self, don’t leave your tripod at work). Last night Occupy LA decided to protest during the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. The police came twice to try and keep the Occupy protesters from blocking the streets and it escalated into a full out police action with protesters throwing bottles and rocks while police shot bean bags at them.

I didn’t really do much editing. I just combined the clips in Turbo.H264. You can hear us talking about what morons the drivers of the cars are who just drive right up into a potential riot. We also talk about how much sedative to give the dog who was totally freaked out from the helicopters, glass bottles breaking and bean bag guns going off. I guess if I was a hard core journalist I’d have to learn not to talk while shooting the news. Although if I was a hard core journalist I would have stayed up last night and loaded this video right away instead of waiting until the next evening after work.

Art Walk Occupied from Michael Britt on Vimeo.

It’s very interesting to watch the bystanders and protesters who want to get their picture taken in front of the line of cops. There’s even a couple of Japanese school girls posing for cameras at one point in the video (16 minute mark). Not sure it’s worth the great Facebook post if the whole thing had gone sideways and the real bullets started flying. The Doors said it best, “People are Strange”.

By the way, the Occupy movement got what they wanted, attention. Today the news vans were all over Pershing Square where Occupiers have been hanging out since the clean up in skid row. I think it’s important to be active and protest but I’d rather it not be in my backyard against police in the most liberal state of the Union. I vote for Occupy Texas instead!

By the way, I think that the cops were very organized and showed great restraint. I would have bean bagged the chick in grey who was constantly taunting them. Just so were clear, I’m not a great journalist and wouldn’t be a very good cop either.

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