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Steve Lopez: Is Carmen Trutanich L.A.'s Mubarak? [Updated]

February 11, 2011 |  8:21 am

Hamid Khan, Alma Soto Chloe Osmer and Garrick Ruiz

Nuch, are you kidding?

There's a lot I like about Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, a Pedro longshoreman in a suit. As a columnist, how can you not like a city official who calls you up and asks you to get high and drive a police cruiser in an experiment?


I also liked when he threatened to prosecute city officials and lock up a City Council member in a scrum over the enforcement of advertising restrictions.

But in threatening to lock up dozens of protesters involved in various demonstrations, giving them up to a year of jail time, Trutanich looks like the bully his critics have long accused him of being.

The protesters didn't get permits, so the demonstrations were illegal?

Oh, give me a break, Nuch. In this disengaged, apathetic society, we need more protests, not fewer.

[Updated at 8:35 a.m.: And Nuch, if you want to see the positive powers of protest, turn on the TV and watch what's going on in Egypt.]

Trutanich has been complaining about his staff being shrunk by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and this is how he wants to use his precious resources?

Nuch said the protests had cost the city thousands of dollars in police response.

But it'll cost many, many more thousands to prosecute and jail the protesters, won't it?

If you're not already racing over to the city attorney's office to protest, let me know what you think.

-- Steve Lopez

Photo: From left, Hamid Khan, Alma Soto, Chloe Osmer and Garrick Ruiz were among those arrested during protests last year at the Metropolitan Detention Center, background, against Arizona's immigration law. Under a new policy of the Los Angeles city attorney, they face the possibility of jail time. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times