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Los Angeles Bans a Variety of Items from Protests

Los Angeles is planning the to ban items such as shields, touches, baseball bats, and mace from public demonstrations and protests. This will be made possible by a proposed amendment law that will be debated by the City Council. The ban has been motivated by the violence that has been experienced in recent protests that have been held in Charlottesville, Virginia, Berkeley, and a few other cities. According to the motion that proposes the amendment, demonstrations that have been occurring around the country are becoming more violent every day. Protesters carry items such as sticks, poles, signs, glass bottles, and different devices that can be modified as weapons to cause injuries and destruction of property.

The proposed amendment has a long list of items that should not be carried by people during the demonstrations, protests, pick lines, rallies, and public meetings. They include firearms, tears gas, glass bottles, ice picks, projectile launchers, sword, knives, nunchuck, ball bearings, water guns with hazardous liquid, and many others. The city will also have to regulate the use of banners and signs that have the handles. After the amendment, protesters will be required to us signs that are made from cardboard, plastic, or cloth. All metal sticks would be illegal while plastic and wood sticks won’t be allowed unless they have a width of the less than two inches or a ¼ inch thickness. The plastic sticks would also be required to be hallow. Los Angeles Municipal Code’s Section 55.07 will be amended even though it has already banned the use of wooden bats.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has opposed the amended ordinance by questioning if it is legal. The City Attorney’s office has whoever defended it by stating that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals supported the existence of the Section 55.07 in 2003. This decision by the court confirmed that the city has a right to regulate items that can be carried during demonstrations despite the section limiting only the size of wood sticks at that time. During a protest that occurred in August, neo-Nazis and white supremacists carried tiki torches while matching around the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. The following day, there were counter-protests, and this led to violence where dozens of people injured. The encounter led to the death of the one counter-protester. Items such as the shields, long sticks, and mace were used during the violence.

People Want Legal Street Vending in Los Angeles

You have probably bought various items from street vendors at some point in your life. You can find these people selling food, clothing and souvenirs an all of the major American cities. Los Angeles is the one major American city where street vending is illegal. However, that does not stop people from trying to sell things on the street. it is estimated that more that $500 million every year are spent on purchases from illegal street vendors in the city of Los Angeles. There have been many attempts over the years to get a permit system in place so that street vending can become legal in the city. Unfortunately, that has not come to pass.

 

It is estimated that there are more than 50,000 people selling items illegally on the streets of Los Angeles. The vast majority of people who try to make a living in this manner are poor immigrants. It is believed this is the primary reason why many lawmakers have not been interested in moving forward with legislation that would legalize street vending. One of the reasons why the issue of legalizing street vending in Los Angeles has been brought up again recently is the surprise election of Donald Trump. He vowed to deport illegal immigrants who have criminal records. Therefore, there are people who believe that the decriminalization will prevent many immigrants from being deported for a crime that is only a non-violent misdemeanor. It remains to be seen if the push to legalize street vending will have enough support.