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).
There’s some strange behavior going on unnoticed by the news media in the rooms of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
After weeks of trying to get a meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti regarding the shooting death of Ezell Ford and the firing of Police Chief Charlie Beck, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles activists found themselves the subject of protective orders wanted against them from both both Beck and Garcetti.
Oh my God, they’re such haters.
But on some real ish–I find it oddly clever, tricky and conniving all at the same time–but that’s beside the point.
I am especially shocked at the Mayor thought who was caught outright trying to avoid the same activists by sneaking out the back door of his own house when they were out front trying to seek a meeting with him. And then on top of that got caught in a lie by the L.A. Times about why he was sneaking out in the first place. Smh.
Judge Denies Mayor and Police Chief Stay Away Orders Against Black Lives Matter Activists
A judge denied a request by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office today to restrict two Black Lives Matter protesters from going near Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti, after they tried to crash a meeting earlier this week.
Black Lives Matter Los Angeles attorney Nana Gyamfi said, “Yesterday, after failing to keep them from getting out of jail on their own recognizance, City Attorney Mike Feuer’s representative told a Superior Court judge on the record in open court that Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Charlie Beck personally requested protective orders against two Black Lives Matter movement participants who had been arrested and charged with misdemeanors for daring to attend an open public event to ask L.A.’s Back Door Mayor about meeting with Black Lives Matter. Hipster L.A. Back Door Mayor Garcetti, Chief ‘Bull Conner’ Beck and Mike ‘Hang ‘Em High’ Feuer have shown perfectly in this moment once again what we already knew–they don’t like Black people and Black lives do not matter to them. Well, you can’t jail a movement and you can’t get a protective order against one either.”
Spokesman Rob Wilcox confirmed that the office requested a stay away order to prevent Evan Bunch, 28, and Luz Maria Flores, 23, from being near Beck and Garcetti.
The office filed charges this morning against Bunch, alleging battery of a police officer resulting in injury, battery of a police officer, resisting arrest, and preventing public officials from doing their job, while Flores was charged with resisting arrest and misdemeanor battery of officers, Wilcox said.
The city has “no good cause,” and “should not ask for protective order,” said attorney Nana Gyamfi who said most of the actual charges were made in relation to the police officers, and not with Garcetti or Beck.
Only one charge refers to Garcetti and Beck and alleges that Bunch was preventing public officials from doing their job in a public place, which Gyamfi said is a charge that is rarely made and a tactic to support the stay away order request.
Gyamfi added the charges filed by the City Attorney’s Office are “based on spite and retaliation.”
“When you file criminal charges, they have to be based upon a violation of the law, and cannot be based on the fact that you don’t want to be bothered by people,” Gyamfi said. “That is an abuse of the process.”
Gyami said an injury suffered by a Los Angeles police officer that was shown in court was an abrasion the size of a nickel. She would not discuss details about what occurred in the scuffle between her clients and the police.
Los Angeles police said the incident occurred about 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Carmel Recreation Center, 830 W. 70th St., where Beck and Garcetti were meeting publicly with backers of the city’s Summer Night Lights youth program on its opening night.
Bunch allegedly injured a police officer during the scuffle, and Flores allegedly tried to pull Bunch free from the custody of police, while trying to enter and disrupt the meeting, police said.
Black Lives Matter activists have told City News Service they are trying to gain a meeting with Garcetti, and want Beck and two officers who fatally shot Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man last year, to be fired.
I am getting more and more irritated by the day with the antics of two men whose election I fully supported. The third, Chief Beck, I am not surprised by. But Feuer and Garcetti—really? I mean really? Just meet with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles already. Good God.