After the violent arrest of 292 Occupy LA protesters on Nov. 30, 2011 the protesters had to endure sitting for an extended period in LAPD vans with their hands zip-tied behind their backs, the drive to central booking (A.K.A. Dodger Stadium) for a lengthy processing, and then they were hauled off to who knows where until arraignment. Bail for these peaceful defenders of free speech was set at the exorbitant amount of $5,000.
A petition is being circulated that urges the bail be reduced to something more befitting the horrendous crimes of which the occupiers are accused:
To be delivered to: Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, The California State House, The California State Senate and Governor Jerry Brown
Dear Mayor Villaraigosa:
We ask that you reduce the bail of the Occupiers who were arrested on November 30, 2011. We believe the bail, which is currently set at $5,000 per person, is outrageous. There is no justification for this amount of bail. None whatsoever. We urge you and the city council members of Los Angeles to reduce the bail immediately.
On November 30, 2011 approximately 200 Occupiers were in arrested in Los Angeles. Their bail is set at a whopping $5,000! This is outrageously high and unjust. Why is it set so high? Please sign the petition and demand that the bail be lowered ASAP.
The petition has reached just slightly more than half of its needed signatures. To view or to add your support to the petition for bail reduction, you may do so here.