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|(June 9, 2020, 9:10 p.m.) --LB City Prosecutor Doug Haubert has announced an initiative to deal with peaceful protestors cited for curfew violations. His office plans to turn the experience into a teachable moment by nviting those cited for curfew violations -- while participating in peaceful protests -- to participate in a dialogue on what took place.
At the same time, Mr. Haubert said that program wouldn't apply to those who weren't peacefully protesting. "The few people who used the peacerful protest as an opportunity to steal and vandalize, or who intentionally put other peoples' lives in harm's way, should expect criminal charges," Mr. Haubert said.
LBREPORY.com publishes City Prosecutor Haubert's statement in full below:
[June 9 City Prosecutor statement] The City Prosecutorís Office has not yet received the citations. After we review the cases we should have a clearer view of each personís conduct.
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As most people know, Long Beach has already done a lot of creative work to improve the criminal justice system, from establishing a Justice Lab to reduce the cycle of incarceration to creating innovative prosecutor-led court diversion programs like Promising Adults, Tomorrowís Hope (PATH). But there is so much more work we need to do. As long as people are protesting peacefully I do not believe the interest of justice would be served by criminal prosecution, and creating a platform for dialogue seems like the best way to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.
As for those who were not peacefully protesting, this program would not apply. The few people who used the peaceful protest as an opportunity to steal and vandalize, or who intentionally put other peoplesí lives in harmís way, should expect criminal charges. Again, we have not received the cases yet, so any determination on the kind of charges, if any, will need to be made at a later time.
Every single person in the City Prosecutorís Office was horrified by what we saw in Minneapolis. Here, I can assure you, Black Lives Matter. So does justice, so does the First Amendment.
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