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LAPD: No cops fired over May Day melee

/ Source: The Associated Press

None of the Los Angeles police officers who pummeled demonstrators with batons and fired rubber bullets during a pro-immigration rally will be fired, officials said Tuesday.

Police Chief William Bratton had asked for four officers to be dismissed. But he said that the stiffest penalty imposed by a department disciplinary board was a 20-day suspension for one officer.

The chief does not have the authority to remove an officer.

Attorney Luis Carillo, who represents 40 demonstrators who sued the city over the May Day melee in 2007, calls the decision a "slap on the wrist."

The melee in MacArthur Park has cost the city $13 million in legal settlements. Forty-two people were injured, including nine journalists.

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