CBS vs. LAPD on Immigration Rally

So I saw an email this morning on our mailing list about CBS reporting that a request for an immigration rights rally being denied by the LAPD. The next email I saw was an email from LAPD’s E-Policing system in which they are telling me that there will be a large rally on February 24th:

  • 2/24/2007 Full Rights for Immigrants
  • TIME: 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
  • ASSEMBLY: Washington and Broadway
  • ROUTE: Broadway heading South to Temple Street, Temple E to corner of LA St and Temple St.
  • CONTACT: Juan Jose Guiterrez (323) 269-6069

I am going to go ahead and take LAPD’s word on this one and will be there with my camera to capture the event for posterity.

Update LAT has some coverage [bugmenot] on this as well, and it is possible that the LAPD email blast went out before they realized there was a problem.

Update 2 So I called the LAPD and they told me that the permit has been denied for the 24th, but then I called the event’s contact and they told me the event will still be taking place on the 24th, they flyers are printed and that’s what the date says. Discussing this with Eric Richardson he said, “basically it’s a test of whether police departments have any right to grant permits for this sort of thing.” This should be very interesting.

3 Replies to “CBS vs. LAPD on Immigration Rally”

  1. Interesting debate but a bit if information on the CBS story isn’t here and should be. LAPD didn’t say “no” without reason. The reason is that the Chinese New Year parade is already scheduled on the 24th in that location and it raised safety concerns. LAPD suggested they use 2/25 and it was the FRI group that is inflexible and drawing a line in the sand. Sounds like FRI goofed in planning without permit in hand and using rhetoric to play the victim.

  2. According to KNBC, the city had already granted permits that day for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Dragon Parade. They offered the immigration protest another day.

    So this is not a case of the LAPD squelching free speech, although that’s how the instigators, er… organizers of the immigration march want it to look.

    So they’ll probably show up anyway. After all, they’ve already shown how much respect they have for the rules by entering the country illegally. Legal immigrants already have full rights.

  3. Interesting debate but a bit of information on the CBS story isn’t here and should be. LAPD didn’t say “no” without reason. The reason is that the Chinese New Year parade is already scheduled on the 24th in that location and it raised safety concerns. LAPD suggested they use 2/25 and it was the FRI group that is inflexible and drawing a line in the sand. Sounds like FRI goofed in planning without permit in hand and using rhetoric to play the victim.

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