At Least 46 People Arrested for Being in Selma Park Without Children Since July 1, 2008, All 46 Cases Rejected for Prosecution by LA City Attorney

Man without children enjoying Selma Park freely, as befits a free citizenry, on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in October
Man without children enjoying Selma Park freely, as befits a free citizenry, on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in October
We have today a list of all cases referred to the City Attorney for prosecution for arrests in Selma Park for violating 653b(a) PC which, as you may recall, is the statute referenced on the recently removed and completely phony signs forbidding adults without children in the park. The list is an excel spreadsheet which we’ve edited from the original spreadsheet obtained today by Mike. That document lists everyone arrested in the park for any reason, and if you want it, you can get it from the city attorney’s office, or even just drop us an email.
On July 1, 2008, Jesse Gutierrez became the first human being in history to be (falsely) arrested at Selma Park for violating 653b(a) PC and having his case referred to the city attorney for prosecution, subsequently rejected for who knows what reason.
On July 1, 2008, Jesse Gutierrez became the first human being in history to be (falsely) arrested at Selma Park for violating 653b(a) PC and having his case referred to the city attorney for prosecution, subsequently rejected for who knows what reason.
There are 46 people on the list, which means that at least that many were arrested, possibly more. We can’t tell yet who arrested all of these people, but since the arrests started in July 2008 (the list we obtained began in 2002) we’re guessing it’s the BID Patrol rather than the LAPD who’s responsible. Some of them we can be sure were arrested by the BID Patrol because we have their pictures. In any case, note the fact that every single one of the 46 case numbers begins with the letter “R.” The ever helpful Mike Dundas, who’s the CPRA contact over there, tells us that that means the case was rejected for prosecution. Unfortunately records which explain why cases were rejected are exempt from production. Oh well.

George Greer, falsely arrested by the BID Patrol on August 9, 2012, for daring to be in Selma Park without a child.  Charged with violating 653b(a) PC.  Prosecution rejected by the city attorney.
George Greer, falsely arrested by the BID Patrol on August 9, 2012, for daring to be in Selma Park without a child. Charged with violating 653b(a) PC. Prosecution rejected by the city attorney.
However, the fact that they have a 0% success rate suggests that maybe someone should have told the BID Patrol to stop arresting people, since the arrests weren’t standing up to scrutiny. Perhaps someone did. In any case, as usual, probably the arrests weren’t the point.

We can only match the two arrests shown here with BID Patrol arrest photos, but certainly most if not all of these people were arrested by the BID Patrol. Most of these people have demonstrably been arrested by the BID Patrol for something, anyway. We should have much more information soon enough, and we’ll pass it along when we get it.


Picture of man sleeping in Selma Park is ©2015 MichaelKohlhaas.org. Pictures of Jesse Gutierrez and George Greer are in the public domain.

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