LA trying to lock up protesters for up to a year

LA trying to lock up protesters for up to a year

LA Times
February 12, 2011

For acts of political protest that his predecessor treated as mere infractions, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is seeking jail time.

Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich is throwing the book at dozens of people arrested during recent political demonstrations — a major shift in city policy that has him pressing for jail time in types of cases that previous prosecutors had treated as infractions.

Some of the activists arrested, including eight college students and one military veteran who took part in a Westwood rally last year in support of the DREAM Act, face up to one year in county jail.

Trutanich’s aggressive stance is the latest episode in the city’s decades-long legal struggle over the rights of protesters. The Los Angeles Police Department’s treatment of demonstrators at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and at a 2007 May Day rally at MacArthur Park led to lawsuits against the city.

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Letters Unrelated To Times Square Blast
March 8, 2008, 1:26 pm
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Law Enforcement: Letters Unrelated To Times Square Blast

March 7, 2008

Letters and photos of a Times Square military recruiting station received by members of Congress in recent days were unrelated to an explosion at the Manhattan facility Thursday, law enforcement officials say.

The letters — which were sent to eight House Democrats who represent the New York City area and possibly to other members as well — reportedly included the words “We did it,” a photo of someone standing in front of the recruiting station and what one source called a “20-page rambling rant.”

Capitol Police alerted congressional offices about the missives Thursday night, asking that any members who received one to “immediately contact the USCP Command Center” as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation.”

But as the Associated Press is now reporting, law enforcement officials believe the person who sent the letters to members of Congress is an anti-war activist from the Los Angeles area who seems to have had no connection to the explosion at the military recruiting facility.

“It was just an incredibly unbelievable coincidence,” one law enforcement official tells the AP.

Capitol Police said Thursday that, while the letters sent to members of Congress contained “a reference to the military recruiting office in New York City,” they did not make “any threat to the congressional community or members of Congress.”

According to the AP, law enforcement officials do not intend to file charges against the man who sent the letters.

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