L.A.'s nighttime curfew faces growing criticism as arrests mount

L.A.'s nighttime curfew criticized as overkill

6/4/2020 2:18:00 AM

L.A.'s nighttime curfew faces growing criticism as arrests mount

L.A.'s nighttime curfew criticized as overkill

are coming under growing scrutiny.After several nights of scattered looting, there were very few problems Tuesday night even as thousands protested peacefully across the region. The arrests were mainly of protesters who refused to obey the curfew.Los Angeles County extended its sweeping curfew for a fourth day — this time with reduced hours.

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But Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said that while the curfews may have been warranted on Sunday and Monday nights, “now it seems like they are being used to arrest peaceful protesters.”Advertisement“I don’t think they are needed anymore,” she wrote on Twitter.

On Tuesday, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathryn Barger requesting that she rescind or restrict the curfew order.ACLU senior counsel Ahilan Arulanantham wrote in the letter that the U.S. Constitution does not permit the county to order such a sweeping restriction on free speech and travel to address “a few localized attacks on property.”

“We recognize that in the last few days some individuals have damaged and stolen property in areas where many others have engaged in peaceful protests, but that unlawful conduct cannot justify a state of emergency in the entire county that effectively places over 10 million people under house arrest for twelve hours every evening and morning,” Arulanantham wrote.

AdvertisementOn Wednesday, county officials opted to begin the curfew at 9 p.m. instead of the usual 6 p.m. The curfew, which does not apply to law enforcement, first responders, people traveling to and from work and unsheltered individuals, will last until 5 a.m. Thursday.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said early Wednesday that officials had been assessing whether to continue the curfew for another day, noting “big improvements from previous days” related to the protests. Police said the curfew has helped clear the streets at night so they can focus on looters who hit some communities Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Some protesters also questioned the need for curfews if demonstrations are peaceful.“It’s ridiculous that 1,000 protesters have been arrested,” Heaven Bouldin, 25, said Tuesday during the Hollywood protest.AdvertisementShe held a sign that read, “Stop killing black people,” and was punctuated by an expletive.

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She said that on Monday night, she and her boyfriend held signs up past curfew, protesting peacefully.“I’m all for doing what’s safe for yourself. In order to make a change we have to stay above six feet, we have to stay alive. They’re setting these curfews so that they can arrest us, so that they can kill us.”

“I encourage everyone else to try and do this as safely as possible.”AdvertisementAt 8th Street and Crenshaw Bouelvard on Tuesday night, police detained dozens of protesters who had converged at the mayor’s residence.The crowd chanted “peaceful protest” intermittently and, for the most part, calmly complied with police as they were cuffed with plastic bands.

Police arrested the crowd methodically and had protesters stand with legs spread against a gate — collecting names and information before escorting each protester to a Los Angeles County sheriff bus. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

Can someone screenshot so I can see Still shocked; as of this AM, you all reported 2,500 arrests in LA related to protests since Friday 5/29, and AP reported 9,000 arrests nationwide in same timeframe. ~1/3 of arrests in the COUNTRY are in Los Angeles Hope Garcetti looks to his heart and then some...

Still shocked; as of this AM, you all reported 2,500 arrests in LA related to protests since Friday 5/29, and AP reported 9,000 arrests nationwide in same timeframe. ~1/3 of arrests in the COUNTRY are in Los Angeles Hope Garcetti looks his heart and then some to address this. Curfew’s only real effect is to give the police one more excuse to terrorize law-abiding citizens.

3 weeks ago--'if you are out during the coronavirus, you want everyone TO DIE!!' today--'-if you are not out during the protests, you want black peoplE TO DIE!! I'm sure the criminals are complaining the loudest. 90% of the protestors are fine, but the thugs looting, rioting, causing violence 0 tolerance. Enough is enough, a curfew means follow the law and stay inside. Same fools had no problem telling everyone stay home, save lives crap the past 3 months so follow the rules here too.

We’re practically at a civil war right now. Just trying to save lives and all. I was the biggest critic of covid shutdowns but we don’t want the violence we see all over the world now to come to our beautiful city. Yes... how dare the city try to protect its citizens and their property. Follow TheNAJournal for non-partisan news. No opinion or bias is in the articles from The North American Journal.

Wait u want people out their looting?

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More Chaos and Looting on First Night of NYC CurfewFor the second consecutive night in New York City, a day of peaceful protests gave way to a night of chaos I'm looking for columnists who say ' in an illegitimate white supremacist economic system, you have no rights to a business until basic human rights are respected '. Is this that article? police should focus on separating moslems palestinians from the black comunities black people shouldnt be judged because of the palestinians and other moslems actions feel like its 1977 all over again