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Protesters disrupt Los Angeles City Council vote to ban homeless camps near schools

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The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of expanding a bill to prevent homeless people from setting up encampments near schools, buta group of protestersguarded them. was confused by breaking through They erected barricades and threatened lawmakers. 

A break was called just before the council voted 11 to 3 for him, and he was homeless within 500 feet of a Los Angeles school or daycare center, following an existing ban on his camp. Extended . argued that the initiative would further isolate and negatively impact the homeless in his community, disrupting a city council meeting. Two people have been arrested, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents District 2, described the protest as an "attack" that included verbal threats to lawmakers.

"Today, in a new attack on constitutional democracy, his second in a week, a small group of extremists closed the public session of the city council again," said Krekorian. said Mr. “In the process, they breached security barriers, physically threatened the council, and attacked police officers. One of them was arrested two feet from my desk.”

Los Angeles City Council approves action to ban homeless camps near schools

Protesters gather as the Los Angeles City Council votes on a ban on homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers

Protesters gather as the Los Angeles City Council votes to ban homeless camps within 500 feet of schools and day care centers ( KTTV)

During the incident, a sergeant in charge of the safety and security of the city's buildings and two officers from the Security Services Department were injured.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the confusion and said one of the suspects in custody was the woman who indicted the city council member. 

 "Police officers engaged in the use of light force in attempting to make an arrest," her LAPD said. 

LA City Council greenlights ban on homeless camps 500 feet from schools and day care centers

A woman breached barriers at the LA City Council meeting and charged at lawmakers while yelling obscenities. 

Women Break Barriers at LA City Council Meeting , charged lawmakers with shouting obscenities.  (KTTV)

Police eventually drove the protesters away and order was restored in the room.

“At 11:07 a.m. an illegal assembly was declared and the crowd was given 30 minutes to disperse. While the media remained, the crowd was dispersed as ordered. At about 40:00, the Council reconvened and voted and voted.41.18 Approved the LAMC.”

Tuesday's vote also swayed the House of Commons by a vote of 11 to 3 last week. expanded to a clear provision, initially prohibiting homeless encampments from schools and day care centers specifically identified by the council.

"This kind of anarchy There is no excuse or justification for lawlessness," Krekorian added. "The people of our country cannot tolerate angry extremists invading public buildings and intimidating public officials for the purpose of shutting down the government.

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Homeless encampments block the street on an overpass of the Hollywood freeway in Los Angeles, in July 7, 2021. 

A homeless camp blocks the street on the Hollywood Freeway overpass in Los Angeles, July 7, 2021.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

"All Angelenos should be outraged by what happened at City Hall today. This city. Anyone who wishes to become the leader of the } Proponents of a total ban say it is to keep children safe. Many of the children walk near homeless camps on their way to school. This includes people who are

"This is to protect the children in our city," City Councilman Paul Koretz, who represents District 5, said before the bill was passed. .

But opponents of the bill said it would "banish" the homeless and criminalize their condition.

“Thus, enforcing anti-camp ordinances will only drive people out, making it difficult for trained outreach staff to re-establish trust. often return to unprotected homelessness unless they are connected to stable, permanent housing through a trauma-based case management process,” said People Helping the Homeless, a nonprofit organization, or PATH.

People at a homeless encampment in Toriumi Plaza at 1st St and Judge John Aiso St in Los Angeles Thursday, March 17, 2022. 

Chokai Plaza on 1st St. homeless camp people and Judge John Aiso St in Los Angeles Thursday, March 17, 2022.  (Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

Protesters in chamber heard "41.18 discontinued" and the law dictating where homeless camps can be placed. 


City of Los Angeles There are about 750 public schools and about 1,000 childcare facilities in the United States, all of which are affected by the ban. must be signed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.