Nearly 200 ‘Occupy LA’ Protesters Refuse To Leave City Hall

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several “Occupy LA” protesters, who ignored a Monday deadline to move from the lawn of City Hall, say they are committed to their effort and have no plans to leave.

The LAPD, however, says it remains committed to getting the demonstrators to clear out.

Protesters contend Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck violated their civil rights by ordering the encampment to be dismantled by 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Attorneys for the protesters say the south lawn of City Hall is a traditional public forum for First Amendment activity.

“The City Hall lawn, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, is one of the most sacred places for the exercise of the right to assemble and protest,” said National Lawyers Guild President James Lafferty, who is named as a plaintiff in the federal court filing.

According to the court papers, the city engaged in “arbitrary and capricious action” by first “approving the Occupy L.A. camp for 56 days before suddenly revoking permission.”

Several hundred tents have been moved, but nearly 200 protesters – many of whom have expressed a willingness to be arrested – refuse to leave.

Beck says if police do feel they need to go into the park to peacefully get protesters to move, they will do so when it’s safest.

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  1. ILLEGALS says:

    It’s too bad the US Government rather give Billions of $$$$ to ISRAEL, PAKISTAN, SOUTH KOREA, KUWAIT, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, JAPAN, OMEN, YEMEN, SAUDI ARABIA, INDIA, ETC.. but ignoring Americans..

    Btw, the BIG OIL gets $5 Billions each year from US Government..

    1. Stryker 21 says:

      Napalm works, just go in afterwards and clean up the mess.

  2. lucy says:

    i’m a 100% supporter fro the protesters we need help in this time it is very unfair is this country now with us taxpayers. and the corrupted politicians with full pockets of our money like villarraigosa. that when he was a kid was a dog. and now he is in the wrong seat looking only how he can get our money. sowe need to fight our rights and get back aou money and estability.all the corrupted politicians need to step out and no more hispanic dirigents in our goverment they are the lowest class in thus country. see mexico we are going fast to the same corruption, so villarraigosa step out hyena.

  3. Phoebe says:

    “Beck says if police do feel they need to go into the park to peacefully get protesters to move, they will do so when it’s safest.” Beck & Antonio Villaraigosa have successfully neutered the entire LAPD. How is it that those two clowns can decide what laws will be enforced & what ones won’t? But it’s okay to enforce traffic & parking laws. Feel safe in L.A. {ha!}????

  4. Rod says:

    The attorney is incorrect. Right to assemble in protest is not the issue. Distruction of property and violating the law is! Numerious LAMC laws have been violated, including unlawful assembly, trespassing, blocking sidewalks, injuring public property under 622PC, vandalism (graffiti), 148PC (interfering), and many others. The right time to clear the part was when the first tent was pitched! Now we’re all paying the price.

    1. defecating_heroes says:

      ~Liberal, Neo-conservative useful idiots and critics of Assembly, and frankly haters of truth and freedom, exist by feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class.
      Which explains why the nation’s respect and admiration are with the dissidents being victimized by such Zionist apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank. And with the Anonymous and Wikileaks brigades.
      For they know, proletariat’s bad children and parasites will never admonish the Crony Capitalism feeding the latter’s addictions and narcissism. A special interest needful and earnest of all the hearty, steamy excrement patriots can provide. Sh!t and p!ss on, noble flea-baggers, lest the streets flow with blood.

  5. CALIFORNIA IS NO LONGER THE GOLDEN STATE, IT'S BROWN STATE says:

    IT IS SAD THAT THESE OCCUPIERS ARE UNEMPLOYED & HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES SO THE BEST THING FOR ‘EM IS TO END UP IN JAIL WHERE THEY’RE BEING SERVE FOOD & WARM SHELTER.

  6. CALIFORNIA IS NO LONGER THE GOLDEN STATE, IT'S BROWN STATE says:

    THERE’S NO OTHER PLACE FOR ‘EM TO GO..

  7. j says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    Worse might be the fact that elements within the U.S. Intellignece agencies with intent create their own terrorists by carefully choosing suspects and through many 10’s of years of psycological and physical abuse create their own terrorists. Why, to prop up defense spending.

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