L.A. cracks down on 'out of control' protests. Some call it overreach

L.A. cracks down on 'out of control' protests. Some call it overreach

9/22/2021 5:17:00 AM

L.A. cracks down on 'out of control' protests. Some call it overreach

The L.A. City Council took several steps this week to crack down on disruptive protesters.

At a recent anti-vaccination rally in Santa Monica, local activistJason Lefkowitz warned that if a vaccination mandate under consideration by the City Council passes, activists should “get your guns.” The speaker also released City Council members’ addresses, according to video of the event.

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Lefkowitz, on Twitter, denied that he said that people should take weapons to other people’s homes. “I said to prepare for what’s coming to their own door,” he wrote.The LAPD interviewed Lefkowitz and determined that the words and statements fall under 1st Amendment-protected activity, LAPD spokesman Raul Jovel said.

In a year that kicked off with the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, threats against lawmakers are soaring. In the first three months of 2021, the U.S. Capitol Police recorded 4,135 threats against members of Congress. If that pace continues, total threats this year will double those in 2020. headtopics.com

AdvertisementDespite restrictions barring people from attending Los Angeles City Council meetings because of COVID-19, City Council members moved to rein in the behavior of those visiting City Hall.At a committee meeting last week, council members considered the proposed laws to crack down on unruly behavior and bar weapons from the building.

At one point, City Councilman Joe Buscaino said “more consequences around City Hall” are needed. The councilman, referring to public meetings before the pandemic, cited the “disruptions in the hallways” and “the childish behavior from knuckleheads who frequent our buildings.”

Under the law focused on unruly behavior, police officers can issue citations for actions such as scrawling on city property, singing without authorization or sitting on the floor of a building, according to a presentation on the ordinance by Chief Assistant City Atty. David Michaelson.

AdvertisementLAPD investigating vandalism at home of City Council President Nury MartinezPolice are investigating a vandalism incident at the home of Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez.Violators are subject to fines of $100 for the first offense. A second violation and subsequent ones are subject to fines of $250 or prosecution as a misdemeanor. headtopics.com

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The law states that no person shall remain on a property operated by the city “in violation of a posted rule promulgated by the department head pursuant to the Charter to ensure the preservation, maintenance, efficient and effective management, and safe use of property and facilities by the public and city employees.”

AdvertisementThe other law supported by the City Council bans people from entering city buildings while carrying Mace, box cutters, martial arts weapons and other banned items. The law allows officers to search visitors and their belongings at any time.

Opponents of that law portrayed it as overreach, particular as it pertains to items carried by more vulnerable populations.“Should a woman taking Metro to the library be unable to bring pepper spray [into facilities?]” asked Rob Quan, who runs Unrig L.A., an activist group focused on issues of representative government and money in politics. “What about the unhoused residents carrying their only belongings? Should they not be able to enter a city facility to get the services they need to find housing?”

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Then maybe they should listen Maybe fix the strung out homeless people on every corner 🤢 right to protest in US but disorderly, threatening, unruly, unsafe or simply just too serious such that others can't live their lives or pass by (occluding passageways,e tc) are another level of disruption, even if started with good intent.

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