Janitors For Justice Demonstration

April 17, 2000

Saturday, April 15, 2000

West Los Angeles – On Friday, April 14, 2000, approximately 2000 members and supporters of "Janitors for Justice" ended a march and began a demonstration at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Midvale Avenue. A number of the demonstrators sat down in the intersection and blocked traffic. Several dispersal orders were given but the demonstrators refused to comply with the orders and refused to clear the intersection. At approximately 2:00 p.m., officers began the systematic removal and arrest of those refusing to leave.

A total of 31 persons were arrested for Section 727 of the California Penal Code (Failure to Obey a Dispersal Order). Among those arrested were State Assembly Members Scott Wildman, Gil Cedillo and Gloria Romero and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg. All arrestees were transported and processed by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Mobile Booking Team.

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April 17, 2000