We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
— dblsolo7 (@direct7000) August 16, 2016
Arrests may be forthcoming after city workers aided by the Los Angeles Police Department posted new signs throughout Black Lives Matter Los Angeles’ encampment at City Hall stating between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. City Hall East is closed to the public. The new signs came on Monday, day 35 of BLMLA’s 24/7 protest at City Hall calling on Mayor Eric Garcetti to fire Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. The signs may signal a change coming for the activists who have been camped out around the clock in front of City Hall since the Police Commission opined that the fatal 2015 shooting of Redel Jones in Baldwin Village was within policy.
Witnesses say that city employees warned BLMLA that with the posting of the signs that the protesters can now be forcibly evicted from the space and that their property is subject to impound.
With the new signs, the activists are now relegated to stay between a small strip of concrete towards the end of the block and from underneath the awnings.
No word yet on whether the LAPD is prepared to use tear gas or rubber bullets to clear protesters who refuse to leave if the activists are in fact evicted.
A statement issued on Monday evening by the group says that they will not be moved.
In 2011 after Occupy L.A. protesters set up camp on the City Hall lawn, elected officials went out of their way to welcome them even passing a passing a resolution in City Council in support of the demonstration. Then Council President Eric Garcetti invited protesters to “stay as long as you need to.”
Last year, the Los Angeles Times reported that the City Council okayed $2.45 million to settle claims involving Occupy L.A. protesters after it was alleged that the LAPD “used a shock and awe campaign to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters” from outside of City Hall.