Occupy L.A.: Protesters to seek restraining order against police
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office said Thursday that representatives from Occupy L.A. have filed a court motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent police from dismantling their encampment around City Hall without providing notice.
According to Chief Deputy City Atty. William Carter, the filings say protesters have the right to notice because the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution in support of the demonstration as they long as they remain “peaceful.”
Carter said attorneys from his office will appear in Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday to oppose the request.
Police have said that they do not plan a surprise raid on the camp like those conducted by police in other cities.
Still, some protesters in Los Angeles say the dismantling of Occupy camps in New York City and Portland, Ore., in recent days has made them wary of promises that police here will not carry out such a raid. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that police are trying to negotiate a timeline to end the protest.
-- Kate Linthicum
Photo: Tents along Spring Street at L.A. City Hall. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times