L.A. Curfews Raise Civil Rights Concerns
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KTLA Tuesday that countywide curfews would continue until “protests are gone.” The open-ended response is sure to compound civil rights questions that have already been raised by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The Order in its present form is neither authorized by state statutory law nor consistent with the United States Constitution,” the ACLU stated in a letter this week. The ACLU is demanding that the curfew be rescinded immediately.
Villanueva says a “criminal element” of the protests has rendered the curfews necessary. Those shelter orders, however, have been frustratingly last-minute. An abrupt curfew alert on Sunday left L.A. Metro users stranded without transportation, for instance. The transit agency has since apologized.