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LA City Attorney: Protesters Won’t Face Criminal Or Financial Penalties




People sit in handcuffs under arrest during an emergency curfew during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 Santa Monica, California.
People sit in handcuffs under arrest during an emergency curfew during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 Santa Monica, California.
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The city of Los Angeles says it won’t seek charges or fines against protesters and those who violated widespread curfew orders over the last week.. According to the Los Angeles Times, City Attorney Mike Feuer says the process will be dealt with outside the courts, but it’s unclear how officials plan to settle the cases. 

LAPD leaders say the department will explain the legal decisions involved to the arrested protestors. Still, authorities have been criticized for how they handled protesters who violated curfew orders early on. L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has said her office won’t pursue curfew violations either. The American Civil Liberties Union of SoCal and Black Lives Matter L.A. filed a lawsuit saying the curfew orders violated the constitutional protections of free speech and freedom of movement, as well as journalists' ability to report on the protests. Officials are still moving forward with those accused in more serious incidents, like looting, burglary, vandalism or assault.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Feuer about the announcement and gets the latest details. Do you have questions? Call 866-893-5722.  

With files from LAist. Read more here 

Guest: 

Mike Feuer, city attorney of Los Angeles; he tweets @CityAttorneyLA