Los Angeles— Recognizing the profound value of peaceful protest, City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his Office has developed a non-punitive approach, outside of the Court system, to handle all violations arising from the recent protests that do not involve violence, looting or vandalism (principally curfew violations and failure to disperse/failure to follow a lawful order cases) following the heinous murder of George Floyd. Feuer and his office conceived the approach immediately following the arrests of protesters for curfew violations and failure to disperse/failure to follow a lawful order.
"Peaceful protest is profoundly important, and these protests have rekindled a long-overdue effort to change hearts, minds and institutions. We can't let this moment pass as we have too many times before," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "As we move forward, our restorative approach to these cases will bring protesters, law enforcement and other voices from our community together to foster the mutual empathy, understanding and respect that are essential to building a better version of our City. We want to go beyond the all-too-common dynamic of people talking at each other. We want to create an environment where participants really listen to each other. Ideally we'll develop a model on which jurisdictions across the nation can build at this crucial moment."