Los Angeles Police Are Arresting People For Speaking 20 Seconds Over Their Allotted Time at City Meetings

“Part of the duty of public officials is to bear the brunt of the public’s displeasure as well as expressions of gratitude and satisfaction. City Council’s irritation is not a public safety threat, and the serious consequences of criminal law should be limited to conduct that actually poses a risk to the safety of others.”

The letter gives the example of 81-year-old Tut Hayes. A video posted by user PM Beers shows Hayes speaking at a meeting in 2016, before being forcibly removed from the room, while onlookers yell at the police to let him go.

Black Lives Matter organizer and professor Melina Abdullah tweeted about Hayes in light of the ACLU’s call to action:

Abdullah has also been removed from several Board of Police Commissioners meetings. As the Los Angeles Times reported in May 2016, an LAPD spokesman said Abdullah “was removed from the room by officers and later arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest.” According to the ACLU, she “was arrested for speaking 20 seconds over the 2-minute public comment limit.”

After the 2016 arrest, Abdullah tweeted:

The video of the removal from the meeting can be seen here:

Neither Hayes nor Abdullah was charged following the 2016 removals and arrests. However, as the ACLU’s letter states, “Neither was ultimately charged with a crime, because they had violated no law. This ordinance seeks to change that.”

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  • police state

    Does this not already contravene the 1st ammendment? The police in parts of this country seem to think they already have the right to do whatever they want with no recourse.

  • Wendy Colby

    It’s here. The police state complete with the inability to complain .Watch your comments lest you get the knock at the door in the middle of the night.