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City presses charges against two protesters in Occupy L.A. march

At least 73 protesters were arrested in the city in separate marches and rallies, and at least 47 arrests were made outside the Bank of America office. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Two protesters taken into custody during a street march in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday have been charged with resisting arrest.

Thirty-one-year old Adam Diaz and a 21-year-old identified only as “Jane Doe” were arrested near 3rd  Street and Broadway after defying orders to stay on the sidewalk, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for City Atty. Carmen Trutanich. The march, organized by a local branch of the Service Employees International Union, began at Occupy Los Angeles outside of City Hall and continued to the financial district.

If convicted, the protesters face a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Since he was elected in 2010, Trutanich has taken a hard stance against people arrested in political protests, pressing for jail time in types of cases that previous city prosecutors had treated as infractions.

Trutanich’s spokesman said he expects other protesters to be charged in connection to Thursday’s protests.

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-- Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall

Twitter.com/@katelinthicum

Photo: At least 72 protesters were arrested downtown in separate marches and rallies. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

 
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