UPDATE 5:09 p.m.: The City Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that charges will not be filed against six USC students arrested at an off-campus party in May.
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a written statement:
“After a complete review of this matter, the City Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges against the six individuals involved in this incident due to lack of sufficient evidence and no reasonable likelihood of conviction.”
The attorney representing the six USC students, Fred Dorton, said he's still concerned about clearing his clients' names. He also wants to get the students' arrest records expunged.
"Those arrests are without probable cause," he said. "They were arrested almost a mile away from where the students were asked to disperse. It's not over, by far."
EARLIER: Three Los Angeles city council members want the LAPD to come up with a strategic plan for dealing with special events around the USC campus after a rowdy house party turned controversial in May when dozens of police in riot gear responded.
City Councilwoman Jan Perry filed a motion Tuesday asking the LAPD and the City Attorney’s Office to provide the council with a report on how it responded to the off-campus USC party. Read the request below.
During the first weekend in May, seven USC students were arrested at a loud house party that was primarily attended by African-Americans and Latinos. Students say another loud house party – attended by mostly white students – was going on across the street at the same time.
The arrests and large LAPD response that night fueled allegations of racial discrimination and heavy-handed tactics. A few community meetings with students, university officials and police were held after.
Perry attended some of those meetings and watched cell phone videos taken by students who were at the party during the police crackdown.
“I felt very strongly after watching the video that the response to them was very heavy-handed,” she said.
In the city council motion, Perry asks the LAPD to report back on the possibility of officers wearing lapel cameras, when use of force is authorized on students, and a strategic plan for dealing with noise complaints within a mile radius of campus.
It also calls on the City Attorney’s Office to report back to the council with an update on the criminal investigation of six students who face potential misdemeanor charges.
“My ultimate concern is for the six individuals who were arrested – just about to start off with their lives professionally – that this matter be resolved in such a way that allows them to move forward and reach a level of success that any parent would want for their child,” Perry said.
The motion was signed by Council Members Bernard Parks and Paul Krekorian. It moves to the public safety committee for consideration.
This story has been updated.