BLM-LA seeks court order banning LAPD from using many crowd control tactics

Los Angeles and its police department have until Friday afternoon to submit an argument in opposition to a request from Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles seeking a federal judge’s emergency order banning police from using rubber bullets, baton blows and other crowd control tactics during demonstrations.

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ABC7 reports Los Angeles and its police department have until Friday afternoon to submit an argument in opposition to a request from Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles seeking a federal judge’s emergency order banning police from using rubber bullets, baton blows and other crowd control tactics during demonstrations.

BLM-LA filed its application for a temporary restraining order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued a briefing schedule Thursday giving the city and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore until Friday at 4 p.m. to file an opposition argument.

According to its application, BLM-LA is seeking an end to the LAPD’s use of:

— Projectiles, including rubber bullets, to disperse or otherwise control crowds of protesters;

— baton strikes against protesters, or for crowd control purposes unless attacked. Batons should not be used in a manner that would cause bruising or physical injury to demonstrators;

— holding persons charged solely with infractions in custody for the purpose of detaining such persons; instead, police should be required to cite and release anyone charged with an infraction within 15 minutes of apprehension in the field and not detain them in buses, in parking lots or garages, or any other facility used for the purpose of detaining individuals charged with a violation of an ordinance punishable solely as an infraction;

— holding persons charged with misdemeanors more than an hour; instead, police should book and release such persons in less than an hour, using mobile booking technology if necessary;

— to the extent arrested protesters are detained in buses or transported to a booking facility, police should be restrained from holding them in such detention or in handcuffs for more than 30 minutes or when persons complain of tight handcuffs, and also stopping police from refusing access to water and bathroom and medical care, if needed; and

— to the extent arrested protesters are detained in buses or otherwise in close custody for more than 10 minutes, officers must not fail to follow basic public health guidelines to lessen the chance of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, including social distancing, officers wearing face masks in the buses and the application of basic sanitation in buses or other places of detention necessary to reduce exposure to the coronavirus.