#OccupyLA: Did the LAPD raid actually break California Law?

I don’t know, but protesters cite California Civil Code 52.3 which might state:

(a) No governmental authority, or agent of a governmental
authority, or person acting on behalf of a governmental authority,
shall engage in a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement
officers that deprives any person of rights, privileges, or
immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the
United States or by the Constitution or laws of California.
(b) The Attorney General may bring a civil action in the name of
the people to obtain appropriate equitable and declaratory relief to
eliminate the pattern or practice of conduct specified in subdivision
(a), whenever the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe
that a violation of subdivision (a) has occurred.

How much faith have we in California’s Attorney General?

A note on the source: I don’t trust the source on this, though it should be pretty straightforward whether this is accurate or not. Seems fairly close to what I could tell of one #OccupyLA protester was reading to the LAPD & LA Sheriff officers.

A definitive guide to the California Civic Code didn’t come up in Google.


2 thoughts on “#OccupyLA: Did the LAPD raid actually break California Law?

  1. Brett, it’s, “unfortunate” is not a strong enough word, but there is much local law that circumvents Constitutional rights: a non-custodial father who loses his job and falls behind in child support loses his passport, 17 year old boy sleeps with 16 year old girl and is placed on child molester list for life, a man can’t fly a flag in his front yard because it’s against community standards???

    I’m just getting into this social media thing. I know I should ping you or something. Will try to figure that out. Good luck with all. It was good to be able to have a rational discussion. Forming a discussion group of non-loons is something that I look forward to.

    Steve Hauser rememberouramerica.com

  2. First of all, thanks for taking the time to respond. I appreciate it.

    Yes, some things seem to run against the grain of common sense, but there is usually an underlying dynamic involved. Law is only an expression of the mores and wishes of society, and though often unbalanced, favoring a special and/or vested interest, this remains the bedrock of participatory governance. It is up to us to restore that balance.

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