Los Angeles City Hall.  Local officials cheered return of Rams to L.A. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles City Hall. Local officials cheered return of Rams to L.A. Photo by John Schreiber.

Despite being evicted from a weeks-old encampment outside City Hall East, a group of protesters decrying police tactics continued its Civic Center vigil Wednesday, simply re-establishing the camp across the street.

On Tuesday night, police told the protesters they had to leave the forecourt of City Hall East or face arrest for trespassing, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section. The protesters complied and no arrests were made, Lopez said.

The protesters, who moved their supplies across Main Street, were told they would be allowed to stay on the sidewalk, Lopez said.

Several dozen protesters, some carrying signs bearing anti-police and pro-Black Lives Matter slogans remained in the area today on Main Street between Temple and First streets.

Lt. Keith Bertonneau, with the LAPD Central Bureau’s RESET Task Force, said officers were enforcing rules that do not allow protesters to stay after 7 p.m., or the close of business, in the “private property” areas in front of City Hall East and the area near the Main Street entrance of the main City Hall building.

They were told they could move to a “public” area along the sidewalk, as long as they left a specified amount of room to allow people to walk by, he said.

The protesters were also warned against setting up tents outside of the allowed hours, which is from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., LAPD officials said.

The demonstrators have been calling for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s ouster over officer-involved shootings and what they say is a lack of consequences for police who kill unarmed civilians. They have also been demanding a meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has said he would meet with a small number of the group’s representatives inside City Hall. The protesters have rejected that request, saying they want Garcetti to meet more publicly with the whole group outside the building.

–City News Service 

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