Facing criticism from community advocacy groups and now from some members of the City Council, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday people arrested for curfew violations during recent protests “will not be required” to attend community education discussions to have their cases dismissed.
Feuer said he still plans to hold the community dialogue sessions, and “I strongly encourage protesters who were arrested to participate,” but he said attendance will not be mandatory. He also encouraged “protesters who were not arrested to join with us.”
Los Angeles City Council voted earlier Tuesday to consider two motions aimed at forgiving demonstrators who ignored curfews during recent protests against racism and police brutality.
One motion would ensure that those cited for not dispersing while curfews were in place would not be required to attend education classes, and another motion would forgive fines imposed on people whose vehicles were impounded during the protests.
Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motions, said making people go to some kind of Los Angeles Police Department education class on why they were cited for not dispersing during a curfew would be an “unnecessary burden.”
The LAPD, City Attorney Mike Feuer and District Attorney Jackie Lacey have all indicated they will not prosecute people who were cited during the protests for violating curfew, unless they committed vandalism or violence.
Bonin’s motion requests the City Attorney’s Office not pursue any criminal or financial penalties against individuals arrested for non-violent actions, such as curfew violations or failure to disperse, during the recent civil unrest, and dismiss all citations.
The City Attorney’s Office did not have an immediate response to calls from City News Service.
The other motion would have the police department release all vehicles impounded during the recent civil unrest without requiring payments from vehicle owners. Any costs regarding impoundment would be paid by the LAPD, if the motion is approved by the full council.
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