First Hand Citizen Journalist Footage as Police Started Firing; Panic, Confusion Interrupt MacArthur Park Immigration Rally...
By Brad Friedman on 5/2/2007, 5:05pm PT  

Terrific first-hand video reporting from the scene at the May Day Melee here in Los Angeles which we covered as it broke late last night.

The following video report features tremendous --- and often terrifying --- footage from before, during, and after LAPD officers in riot gear began firing rubber bullets into the crowd of immigration demonstrators, including many women and children who were clearly caught completely off guard. The show of force from the LAPD was quite impressive, to say the least.

Congrats and thanks to citizen journalist Jonathan Mann for his superb coverage while he was often caught himself among the panic and confusion...

UPDATE 5/6/07: Mann posts some personal observations, again on video, about the extraordinary response that has come in the wake of his video report, including the exceptionally racist comments left both on this blog, and on his own.

UPDATE 2/5/09: L.A. agrees to $13 million settlement with victims of the 2007 "May Day Melee". Details...