Officers swept through the camp under darkness to drive out some of the longest-lasting protesters since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.
In a move identical to the one carried in New York two weeks ago, the mayor ordered an eviction of the protesters who have camped outside City Hall for the past eight weeks.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said that the arrests were mainly peaceful and that there had been no injuries. He added that an initial search of the camp turned up no drugs or weapons.
About 50 protesters were arrested in Philadelphia.
Overnight, hundreds of Occupy LA activists, joined by supporters streaming into the area in a show of solidarity, crowded the lawn, sidewalks and streets around City Hall as helmeted officers moved into the encampment. Read More