Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Legal observers: We’re here to make sure the police observe the law while arresting our clients who are breaking the law
7 Arrested As Deputies Evict Urban Farmers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies began evicting people from an urban garden early Tuesday and arrested at least seven as protesters chained themselves to barrels of concrete and others, including actress Daryl Hannah, sat in a large walnut tree.

"I'm very confident this is the morally right thing to do, to take a principled stand in solidarity with the farmers," Hannah said by cell phone. Asked if she willing to risk arrest, she said, "I'm planning on holding my position."

About 350 people grow produce and flowers on the 14 acres of privately owned land, in a gritty, inner-city area surrounded by warehouses and train tracks. The garden has been there for decades but the landowner, Ralph Horowitz, now wants to replace it with a warehouse.

At daybreak Tuesday, 120 deputies, including riot forces, showed up to serve an eviction order that a judge signed last month.

Seven people were arrested for allegedly violating a court eviction order and obstructing sheriff's deputies enforcing the order, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kerri Webb.

As many as 20 demonstrators inside the garden chained themselves to each other, the tree or 55-gallon concrete-filled drums…

Deputies used saws to cut down the chain-link fence around the site. Inside the compound, deputies sawed through chains linking garden supporters. Quigley said he could see sparks flying dangerously close to the people's faces and complained that authorities had removed legal observers from the inside the farm.

"It's really an unsafe situation," Quigley said. "There's no legal observers in here. ... Basically we need legal observers in here to guarantee people's safety."

Webb said the deputies were "taking our time so we make sure the protesters are safe."…


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The didn't need any legal observers to watch the police. The police needed whack several of them around their stupid head with a baton, hard. Maybe a good sharp punch to the center of the chest with the short end of the baton. Next time they would stand aside when told to.

6/14/2006 10:55 PM  

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