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Arrested Protestors Denied Constitutional Rights

National Lawyers Guild board member, Carol Sobel, condemned the action of the LAPD. “The Los Angeles Police Department is deliberately refusing to release anyone arrested in the Occupy raids with a notice to appear. The City is holding them in jail on $5,000 bail until they can be arraigned by a judge, which can take up to 48 hours. This punishes people for exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Sobel continued: “California law is clear. Penal Code §853.6 is mandatory in requiring that anyone charged with a misdemeanor shall be released with a written notice to appear.”

“Hundreds of people are being held inside this jail without access to legal counsel.  As of now they are being held on $5,000 bail until they can be arraigned which can take up to 48 hours. Apparently the LAPD and Mayor Villaraigosa are refusing to allow people to post the bail even if they can.

“This is unconscionable and a violation of civil rights for my clients and all people held inside,” Thompson stated. FROM: http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/take-action-arrested-occupiers-denied-rights-11-30-2011.html

TAKE ACTION!

Go to the Arraignment at 1:30 pm Today
Central Arraignment Courthouse
429 Bauchet St., Los Angeles, CA 90012-2544
(213) 974-6077
lasuperiorcourt.org

Send a letter to the LA Mayor and the Chief of Police demanding that protestors be released immediately!  http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/take-action-arrested-occupiers-denied-rights-11-30-2011.html

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