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About 45 teachers and union leaders arrested at LAUSD offices [Updated]

May 15, 2009 | 12:08 pm

[Updated at 12:20 p.m.: About 45 teachers and union leaders were arrested and booked for unlawful assembly, officials said.]

About 30 teachers and supporters were led away in handcuffs outside the Los Angeles school district's headquarters downtown this morning after they sat in the middle of the street and refused to move in an act of civil disobedience meant to protest possible teacher layoffs.

Among those detained at Beaudry Street, between Third and Fourth streets, was L.A. teachers union leader A.J. Duffy. The protesters were warned four times by police via bullhorn to move out of the street before they were handcuffed. They were then led to a waiting Los Angeles Police Department bus.

The teachers' action was part of a protest against budget cuts that could include thousands of layoffs.

District officials had said they did not want anyone arrested today, but if such action were necessary, they would have the LAPD step in and do so.

Read more about the L.A. teacher and student protests.

— Jason Song