NHCSL Condemns Violence by Los Angeles Police

NHCSL Condemns Violence by Los Angeles Police



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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 3, 2007–Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (NY), president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) issued the following statement regarding the violent tactics used by Los Angeles police against marchers at the May Day Rally on May 1.

“The inexcusable force that the Los Angeles police used on the marchers at the May Day Rally must be fully investigated immediately. Most of the marchers were immigrant and were assaulted by the LA police. The behavior of the Los Angeles police must be condemned and those officers who took part in the assaults must be held accountable for their actions.

In the 21st century we should be able to allow civilized rallies to occur without bringing in the element of violence that accompanied the civil rights rallies of the 1960’s. If we do not learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it.

I strongly urge that the City of Los Angeles fully investigate these actions with urgency. Those who marched to acknowledge the significance of May Day were there in solidarity and peace. The LA Police failed to use restraint and instead assaulted the peaceful marchers of children and families.”

The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c) 3 with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 300 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit http://www.nhcsl.org

NHCSL Condemns Violence by Los Angeles Police