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‘Occupy LA’ Protesters Can Take ‘Free Speech’ Class To Avoid Charges

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A class on the First Amendment is being offered to “Occupy LA” protesters who were arrested on minor offenses.

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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.

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