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News Release
Monday, April 30, 2012
Media Relations
   
   
May Day March and Rally

WHAT:
May 1st March and Rally for Full Legalization

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
8:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Central Bureau/Downtown Los Angeles

WHO:
The incident Commander for the Department will be Deputy Chief Jose Perez, Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau
        
WHY:
To identify Media Staging Areas, Media Viewing Areas, and to identify street closures as defined by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

In the United States of America, all people have a First Amendment right of free speech and assembly guaranteed by the Federal and State Constitutions.  The Los Angeles Police Department not only recognizes the right of free speech but will actively protect the people in the exercise of this right.  The right to march, demonstrate, protest, rally or perform other First Amendment activity comes with responsibility which includes respecting the civil and property rights of all others.  It is the goal of the Department to facilitate lawful public demonstrations in the City of Los Angeles.

There are five Special Event Permit applicants who have provided the Los Angeles Police Department with information regarding their special event plans.  There are a number of assembly areas and marching starting points throughout the City.  The times and locations are delineated on the following page.

MEDIA VIEWING/STAGING AREA

Media Staging and Media Viewing areas have been designated outside the impacted areas, and are intended to provide viewing within audible range of the events.  The viewing areas and staging areas take into consideration the needs of the media, public and officer safety.

An LAPD Public Information Officer (PIO) will be on hand to facilitate media coverage and assist the on-scene Incident Commander at all assembly and rally areas.  PIOs will be wearing vests that readily identify them as LAPD PIOs.  Spanish, Korean and Mandarin speaking PIOs will also be available.

There are currently four separate starting points for this year’s marches and rally.  Many of the groups have stated that they plan to migrate to the downtown area and join efforts with the groups who are marching and conducting rallies in the Central Area of the LAPD Central Bureau.  As part of the theme this year, the various groups are using the theme of “the four winds”.  Below is a synopsis of The Four Winds including their starting/ending locations and estimated times related to start and end of each event.

I. The Four Winds

•    North Wind
o    8:00 a.m. assemble at Saticoy and Van Nuys –
o    March to Valley Civic Center
o    Taking MTA Orange & Red Lines to Union Station to meet up with East Wind
o    1:50 p.m. Gather at Park across from Union Station / Placita Olvera
o    March to 6th Street and Main Convergence point by 2:30 p.m. (LA CAN Office)

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•    West Wind
o    10:00 a.m. assemble at Wilshire & Ocean
o    10:30 a.m. depart en route to Wilshire & Federal Building
o    12:00 p.m. en route to Rodeo Dr & Santa Monica Blvd
o    12:30 p.m. en route to Wilshire & La Brea
o    1:30 p.m. en route to 6th St & Alvarado
o    2:30 p.m.  en route to 6th St & Main St (LA CAN Office)
o    4:00 p.m.  March to begin from Olympic / Broadway north to 1st / Broadway

•    South Wind
o    10:00 a.m. assemble at CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson
o    Proceed north through Watts – South Central LA – along Central Ave as far as Martin Luther King Jr Blvd then head east to Figueroa and North on Figueroa
o    103rd & Central
•    WCLAC – Watts Community Labor Action & Maxine Waters Employment Prep
o    41st Street & Central Ave
•    Site of LAPD attack on Black Panther Party & the “successful” defense against SWAT forces under COINTELPRO – Near Jefferson High & Adult School
o    Exposition Park
•    Near USC Campus
o    Vicinity of LA Trade Tech & Abram Friedman Occupational Center
o    6th Street and Main Street (LA CAN Office)
o    4:00 p.m. March to begin from Olympic / Broadway north to 1st / Broadway

•    East Wind
o    10:00 a.m. assemble at Cesar Chavez  and Atlantic
o    10:50 a.m. March past ELAC – to Belvedere Park and get vehicles
o    Depart from Park in cars, bikes, trucks
o    Proceed along Cesar Chavez to Obregon Park – Making a loop past Esteban Torres High School
o    12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Education Speak Out at Obregon Park
o    12:30 p.m. March along 1st Street to the West heading to Mariachi Plaza
o    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mariachi Plaza – drop off people pick up cars on the street – rally – discussion on Health Care
o    1:30 p.m.Load onto the Metro Gold Line to Union Station
o    1:50 p.m.  assemble at Park across from Union Station / Placita Olvera
o    March to 6th Street and Main Convergence point by 2:30 p.m. (LA CAN Office)
o    4:00 p.m. March to begin from Olympic / Broadway north to 1st / Broadway

All four winds meeting at 6th Street and Main St –

o    4:00 p.m. All groups will join the SCIC Immigrants Right’s March to Olympic / Broadway north to 1st / Broadway
o    7:30 p.m. following the rally at Broadway / 1st Streets, the four winds will be going to Pershing Square

II. Permits for Immigration March: (Broadway)

o    May Day Coalition
o    Juan Jose Gutierrez
o    Permit Time 0700 – 1900 Hrs
o    Start Time noon – 1200 Hrs
o    Broadway / Olympic – Broadway / Temple
o    May 1st 2012 Coalition
o    Javier Rodriguez
o    Permit Time 1000 – 1800 Hrs
o    Start Time noon – 1200 Hrs
o    Broadway / Olympic – Broadway / Temple
o    Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
o    Mario
o    Permit Time 1400 – 1930 Hrs
o    Start Time 1630 Hrs
o    Broadway / Olympic – Broadway / Temple

 
III. Labor Actions:

There is one permitted event scheduled to occur at LAX -

o    LAX / Pacific Area
o    12:00 p.m. United Service Workers West Union – Formally Janitors for Justice will assemble at Thomas Bradley International Terminal inside terminal with an assembly
March to Terminal 2

o    2:00 p.m. United Service Workers West Union - Formally Janitors for Justice & UCLA Students will assemble at Wilshire & Westwood and march to Wilshire & La Brea
o    10:00 pm International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) will assemble at 4560 Doran St, Los Angeles CA 90039
o    Picket / Rally Line @ American Reclamation  (NO MARCH)
o    Approx 400 union members transported to location by buses
o    2:00 p.m. SEIU Local 721 – will assemble at Crenshaw / Exposition (Crenshaw Mall) and march to Wilshire / La Brea (Not Confirmed at this time)

Media Staging Locations for Media Vehicles (downtown location only)

1.    Assembly Area Location – Olympic Blvd. / Broadway – Park all media vehicles on Olympic Blvd east of Broadway.

2.    Rally Point #1 – Broadway / 1st Street – Park All media vehicles on the East Curb of Broadway Ave between Temple and the Court House Cross Walk

3.    Rally Point #2 – Broadway / 4th Street – Park all media vehicles on the North Curb of 4th Street West of Broadway.

Media Viewing Areas (downtown locations only)

1.    Assembly Area Location - Media Viewing area is the Northeast corner of Olympic Blvd. and Broadway Ave

2.    Rally Point #1 – Broadway / 1st Street – Media Viewing area is designated as the Southwest Corner of Broadway Ave and 1st Street.

3.    Rally Point #2 – Broadway / 4th Street – Media Viewing area is designated as the Southwest Corner of Broadway and 4th Street.

Street Closures on May 1st
Street closures will begin around 7:00 a.m. and will continue until 7:30 p.m.

Broadway between 11th Street and Temple Street
Olympic Boulevard between Hill Street and Main Street
9th Street between Hill Street and Broadway
8th Street between Spring Street and Broadway
7th Street between Hill Street and Spring Street
6th Street between Hill Street and Broadway
5th Street between Spring Street and Broadway
4th Street between Hill Street (Olive Street, if necessary) and Broadway
3rd Street between Spring Street and Broadway
2nd Street between Hill Street and Broadway
1st Street between Hill Street (Grand Avenue, if necessary)


AL CRESPO vs. CITY OF LOS ANGELES, FEDERAL CASE NO. CV 00-08869

These mandates originate from a binding settlement agreement arising out of the 2000 Democratic National Convention, and include the following:

Under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, it is not uncommon for large numbers of people to assemble for the purpose of demonstrating their opinions.  At such demonstrations, it is the Police Department’s obligation to protect individuals’ First Amendment rights, maintain order, and protect lives and property.  Occasionally, demonstrations become unlawful.  In such circumstances, pursuant to California Penal Code Sections 407 and 409, an assembly may be declared unlawful, and all persons present, including members of the news media, may be lawfully ordered to disperse.

The law provides that police officers may use reasonable force to disperse an unlawful assembly and to affect the arrest of violators.  The Department’s Use of Force Policy applies to such
Actions.  The Department’s policies concerning interaction with the news media are described in the relevant provision in Volume One of the Department Manual, the Department’s Emergency Operations Guide, and the Department’s Media Guide.

LAPD will recognize that the news media has a right, without interfering with police operations, to cover events that may result in the declaration of an unlawful assembly and order to disperse;

LAPD will make efforts to accommodate the media reporting obligation; however, such efforts will be made consistent with the LAPD’s primary obligation to maintain public safety and order;

When the LAPD develops an operations plan for an event that involves a public assembly, LAPD, where practicable, will designate an area outside of the anticipated impacted area but within reasonable viewing distance and audible range of the event in which members of the media may assemble;

When selecting the viewing area, LAPD will take into consideration public and officer safety, police tactics, input provided by the news media and the ability of the LAPD to prevent the location from becoming part of the impacted area;

To the extent reasonably possible, the LAPD will try to prevent the news media viewing area from becoming part of any area impacted by an unlawful assembly declaration and order to disperse.

The decision to assume risk of danger involved in covering a public event remains with the individual news reporter making such a decision, provided that any such decision does not constitute a waiver by a reporter of any constitutional or other legal rights.

The selection of the news media viewing area will take into consideration public and officer safety, police tactics, input provided by the news media, if any, and the ability of the LAPD to prevent the location from becoming part of the impacted area.  The final selection of the viewing area location will be made by the Incident Commander in charge of the incident.

To the extent reasonably possible and without compromising public or officer safety, the LAPD incident commander will relocate the news media viewing area if, due to changing conditions, the initial area no longer affords the media a reasonable view of the event or becomes a tactical concern for the incident commander;

The incident commander will designate an information officer as part of the incident command system in order to facilitate interaction with the media, and the information officer will be clearly identified at the scene; and

After declaring an unlawful assembly, the LAPD will designate a dispersal route for all persons present, including the media, to use when evacuating the area.

UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY

As was discussed with news media managers and members of the Los Angeles news media committee, the LAPD recognizes the news media’s reporting obligation and will accommodate reporters’ and photographers’ coverage by allowing them to pass through skirmish lines one time.  For officer safety reasons, reporters and photographers will not be allowed to pass through the lines multiple times as was explained and demonstrated for those members of the media who participated in the Department’s Mobile Field Force Training.

Should the event be declared an unlawful assembly, the LAPD will immediately notify the media by issuing a Department news advisory using City News Service, Nixle and the LAPD MRS’ regular email delivery service.  The Department will make every effort to issue this news advisory prior to the issuance of a dispersal order.  In the event this scenario were to occur, media organizations should ensure that this vital information is disseminated to media field crews as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Any questions regarding this news advisory should be directed to the LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

     
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