Politics

Trutanich trying to lock up protesters for up to a year

Under previous city attorneys, political protesters arrested for failing to disperse and blocking streets were usually prosecuted for infractions and fined. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, while complaining that budget cuts are crippling his office, is insisting that first-time arrestees for protesting go to misdemeanor trial and face up to a year in jail. He says the goal is "predictability," but the LAT story shows he hasn't been consistent.


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