SAN LUIS OBISPO — San Luis Obispo County District Legal professional Dan Dow issued a press release Friday night concerning the arrests of two individuals following a Black Lives Matter protest that blocked Freeway 101 in each instructions Tuesday night for greater than an hour.
San Luis Obispo Police Division officers arrested Tianna Arata on suspicion of participation in a riot, illegal meeting, conspiracy, illegal imprisonment and resisting arrest after the protest concluded. The choice to arrest Arata was made in coordination with the San Luis Obispo County District Legal professional’s Workplace primarily based on Arata’s actions and the actions of the organized group.
Throughout the Arata arrest, a San Luis Obispo PD officer was allegedly assaulted by Elias Bautista, who was subsequently arrested. The officer suffered minor accidents.
Dow issued the next assertion Friday night:
“I do know that many in our neighborhood are very on this state of affairs. At the moment, I want to respectfully ask all who’re involved to please be affected person and permit us to finish our obligation in a good, considerate, and thorough method. Our obligation is to be goal and to not make charging selections on the idea of public opinion.
“Please know that it’s untimely for the District Legal professional’s Workplace to make any willpower on the case that’s at the moment being investigated by the San Luis Obispo Police Division concerning the information of the arrests of Ms. Tianna Arata and Mr. Elias Bautista. As soon as legislation enforcement businesses have concluded their investigation(s), they are going to possible refer the case(s) to our workplace for evaluate.
“Solely at the moment will we have the ability to conduct our unbiased analysis of the proof and make a factual willpower of whether or not prison prices must be filed in Court docket.
“It could be inappropriate and counterproductive for this workplace to offer an opinion presently primarily based on social media posts or media studies which will or will not be borne out by the proof (information) gathered within the pending investigation(s). We’ll rigorously and totally look at all the proof submitted earlier than making any ultimate willpower.”
Early Monday morning, the Metropolis of San Luis Obispo turned conscious of a deliberate, peaceable protest on Tuesday. The San Luis Obispo Police Division instantly started reaching out to group organizers to make sure the protesters’ security and the neighborhood’s security.
Police Chief Deanna Cantrell contacted protest organizer, Arata, earlier than the occasion and was ensured the occasion at Mitchell Park could be peaceable.
Metropolis officers concluded the protest on Tuesday resulted in important public security dangers for protesters and neighborhood members. The Metropolis said it helps peaceable protests and the expression of free speech, “however actions that put the security of the general public in danger can’t be tolerated and detract from the power for voices to be heard at this essential time.”
The protest started at Four p.m. at Mitchell Park and, at roughly 5:15 p.m., transitioned to a march of about 300 individuals by means of the downtown space.
The protesters entered Freeway 101 and blocked all lanes in each instructions for almost an hour. Legislation enforcement assets had been restricted primarily based on expectations of a peaceable protest, in line with SLOPD. Whereas on the freeway, protesters reportedly broken the hood of a automobile and smashed the rear window the place a 4-year-old youngster was within the again seat and had glass shattered on him.
Shortly after 7:10 p.m., the protest left the freeway utilizing the northbound California Boulevard exit and moved towards Monterey Avenue. Protesters reportedly stopped and surrounded a car at Monterey and California earlier than shifting towards downtown and returning to Mitchell Park. Some people had been reportedly noticed chasing down and throwing objects at a automobile.
The group returned to Mitchell Park at roughly 7:30 p.m., the place they continued to carry the protest till dispersing at round eight p.m.
Subsequent peaceable protests have been held in SLO this week.
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