LAPD confronted federal officials after agents escalated tensions at L.A. protest

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A confrontation between U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents and a group of abortion rights protesters in downtown Los Angeles in May prompted L.A. police officials to call a meeting a week later to discuss how federal officers should respond at street protests, according to emails obtained by The Times.

Those expectations, outlined by a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant in a follow-up email to meeting attendees, called for clearer communications about big protests and civil unrest between the LAPD and its federal partners and a restrained role for federal agents on the ground.

“During major events with civil unrest, the posture will be to document crimes for prosecution at a later date and immediately advise the Los Angeles Police Department command post with intel,” Sgt. Chris Jarvis wrote to DHS and Justice Department officials.

In addition, Jarvis wrote, federal partners “will communicate with LAPD command post during movements from location to location to prevent driving through unruly crowds to prevent the incidents from escalating and agitating the crowd.”

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