‘Occupy LA’ Protesters Can Take ‘Free Speech’ Class To Avoid Charges
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A class on the First Amendment is being offered to “Occupy LA” protesters who were arrested on minor offenses.
The city will not press charges against protesters who complete an educational program about free speech.
The course, which will be taught by a private contractor, will cost each demonstrator $355.
Officials say the class will save the city money.
Mayor Villaraigosa called for budget cuts Wednesday as the city continues to clean up from the two-month protest.
Repairs to the lawn of City Hall are expected to cost $400,000. The LAPD spent more than $700,000 to clear out the encampment on Nov. 30.