Nov 29

LA protesters sue mayor, police chief

An Occupy LA protestor is arrested by police officers after the deadline to dismantle the occupy campsite expired on November 28, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Occupy protesters in Los Angeles have taken legal action against the city’s mayor and police chief, arguing that the police order to dismantle the protesters’ encampment violated their civil rights.

The American protesters filed the major lawsuit through several civil rights lawyers Monday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.

They accused LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck of acting in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution by abruptly and unilaterally revoking an authorization for the Occupy encampment outside the City Hall.

On Friday, Villaraigosa ordered Occupy protesters to abandon the encampment by 12:01 a.m. on Monday or face eviction.

The eviction deadline was defied by the protesters, who vowed to remain on the site until their demands for economic and social change is met.

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