Laguna Beach OKs emergency ban of items perceived as weapons at political rallies – Orange County Register
Protesters clash during the illegal immigration rally in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
America First! demonstrator Jordan Davis, 25, of Berkeley, says he’s protesting illegal immigration at a rally in Laguna Beach Sunday. (Photo by David Whiting, Orange County Register/SCNG)
John Motter, 29, of Los Angeles, walks with anti-KKK protesters as they march down the boardwalk during an illegal immigration rally at Laguna Beach. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Police presence at rally in Laguna Beach on Sunday evening. Photo by: Tomoya Shimura, Orange County Register/SCNG
(10/25/09, Metro, Riverside) A Neo-Nazi protester throws a punch at a Chicano Activist Brown Beret counterprotester during a brief skirmish about mass deportation of illegal immigrants near the Home Depot facility on Madison Street in Riverside Saturday. Around 20 Neo-Nazi protest and about 600 counterprotesters where seperated by Riverside Police officers during the rally. (Mark Zaleski/The Press-Enterprise)
The Redlands Tea Party Patriots, hold a rally in support of President Donald Trump, at the corner of Alabama and Lugonia, in Redlands, as anti- Trump supporters rally on the opposite corner, on Saturday, August 26, 2017. (Photos by Frank Perez)
LAGUNA BEACH Protesters will be cited for a misdemeanor if police find them in possession of such items as metal pipes, metal beverage containers, containers with bio-hazards, lumber, bricks, rocks, pepper spray or ice picks at a rally or political assembly at a city park or beach, officials say.
The City Council approved the emergency ordinance — a first for Orange County — on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The unanimous vote was in response to an Aug. 20 America First! rally at Main Beach that drew more than 2,300 people.
Police said they determined that some protesters were carrying daggers, pepper spray and chains — all items that could be used as a weapon to incite violence. Four people were arrested following the rally.
“We had people with flags on poles,” Laguna Beach police Chief Laura Farinella told the council. “At the end of the stick, they had sharp spear-like objects covered by cork. When they felt threatened they could take that off.”
“You can voice your First Amendment right but you don’t need to arm yourself with something to do it,” she said.
The council agreed that the ordinance should go into effect immediately.