The trouble with suing Occupy L.A. protesters for $2.35 million [Ted Rall cartoon]
L.A. City Atty. Carmen Trutanich may sue Occupy L.A. for $2.35 million, which includes the cost of 1,400 LAPD officers sent to watch and evict the peaceful protest.
"Freedom isn't free. It ain't even affordable," opines cartoonist Ted Rall in this week's installment.
It may sound like a sketchy -- and improbable! -- idea to sue protesters for the cost of the cops sent to evict and arrest them. But perhaps Trutanich is on to something. Today, it's charging protesters to repair City Hall. Tomorrow, it could be overbilling all Angelenos so that we may repair all of L.A. (and foot the bill for $1.2-million parachutes).
Is this what the future of L.A. looks like?
Or will Trutanich read the editorial board's reccomendation and change his mind about making the occupiers foot the bill?
--Alexandra Le Tellier
Cartoon by Ted Rall / For The Times