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Occupy LA critic blasts group for trying to "guarantee the most chaos."

By Omar Shamout
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012, at 12:58PM

Art Walk co-founder Brady Westwater criticized Occupy LA's actions last night.

In the wake of last night’s 17 arrests at the Downtown ArtWalk, one of the event’s supporters used his blog to blast Occupy LA for using the popular monthly event in order to “get their faces on the 11pm news.”

Civic planner Brady Westwater wrote that Occupy’s “Chalk Walk” event was a last ditch effort by the group to stay relevant.

[Correction: an earlier version of this post deemed Westwater a co-founder of ArtWalk. While he helped the event get off the ground in the early days, he says there was only one founder, and it wasn't him. We have since corrected our error in the headline.]

“Since no one cares about them anymore - they know they have to try and hijack someone else's event to get the TV cameras back on them,” Westwater said.

He went on to say that their actions illustrated a deliberate attempt to elicit a police response.

“They deliberately created a life endangering situation by forcing the crowds off of the sidewalk and into the traffic lanes, which forced the police to arrest them,” Westwater said.

As KPCC reporter Alice Walton tweeted last January 12, this wasn't the first time LAPD officers responded to Occupy LA's presence at Art Walk.

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