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Rent activist convicted for part in ruckus during L.A. City Council meeting

July 7, 2011 | 12:35 pm

A top organizer with the community activist group L.A. Can was convicted of nine misdemeanors in connection with a scuffle last year during a City Council meeting.

Steve Richardson, 48, was convicted of eight counts of resisting arrest and one count of battery on a peace officer during the May 21, 2010, incident, the city attorney's office said. He is due to be sentenced July 14.

Richardson was one of about 100 people who became boisterous during a council discussion of affordable housing and rent control. Prosecutors alleged that Richardson pushed people into officers as the officers tried to remove others from the chambers.

The incident escalated into a physical altercation with general services police officers, who guard the council chambers.

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