UPDATE: Here is a letter to the editor of the Daily Journal submitted today by Oscar Winslow, president of the L.A. City Attorneys Association:
Approximately 292 protestors were arrested during the Occupy LA sweep. It took 1400 police officers, many of whom were approved for overtime, to clear the encampment. Ironically, there’s a shortage of prosecutors responsible for prosecuting these individuals, as Deputy City Attorneys within the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office have been placed on furlough and ordered to work shortened days. Because of this, and the loss of 100 deputies from the Criminal Division, there is a question as to the office’s ability to handle the large-scale increase in arrests. Although Deputy City Attorneys will, as always, perform with the highest possible degree of professionalism, they must do so within the constraints of the furloughs imposed on them. This incident highlights and portends the difficulties that may occur when LAPD’s counter-part in public safety, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, continues to have its budget cut, as arrests without prosecution are meaningless.
With all the backslapping and self praise going on today among the mayor, police chief and their lieutenants, you would have thought they had done something great, like solved the city’s many problems, rather than just arresting 250 people who offered no resistance.and never should have been allowed to take over the grounds around City Hall for two months.
release of all those arrested in the police raid on Occupy LA last night. The
police are holding everyone on $5,000 bail for misdemeanor charges of failure to
“California law is clear. Penal Code §853.6 is mandatory
in requiring that anyone charged with a misdemeanor shall be released
with a written notice to appear.
“National Lawyers Guild board member, Carol Sobel,
condemned the action of the LAPD. “The Los Angeles Police Department is
deliberately refusing to release anyone arrested in the Occupy raids with a
notice to appear. The City is holding them in jail on $5,000 bail until they
can be arraigned by a judge, which can take up to 48 hours. This punishes
people for exercising their First Amendment rights.”
:Like the hypocrites on the City Council, the mayor boasted time and again how much he respects the First Amendment rights of the protesters. It appears it is the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments regarding illegal detention and due process that he has trouble with.
The truth, the sad truth, is he only respects money and power just like everyone else in elected office in this city.
I have hope that the Occupy L.A. movement will actually figure out that all politics is local and now that the encampment drama is over will decide to reach out to the 99 percent, including community activists of every sort, of every race, of every class, people who have worked long hours over many years to try to make their communities better, people who are treated like dirt by the power structure of L.A.