No Charges For 6 USC Students Arrested in LAPD Party Bust
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Some students said the LAPD approached two adjacent parties much differently: One, a predominantly black and Latino event, got a riot-gear response. The other, a mostly white celebration, saw police politely knock on the door.
Of course, the department says b.s. -- officers took bottles and debris and didn't distinguish between students from either party, the LAPD said. Now the City Attorney's office says six students arrested by cops for allegedly failing to disperse or interfering with police will not be prosecuted:
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich today said there was insufficient evidence and that the likelihood the office would win against the six was low:
After a complete review of this matter, the City Attorney's Office has declined to file charges against the six individuals involved in this incident due to lack of sufficient evidence and no reasonable likelihood of conviction.
The confrontation between students and police May 4 outside two off-campus house parties near USC sparked an uproar, with allegations that cops cracked down much harder on the minority party.
The LAPD vowed an investigation but, at the same, defended its actions, saying police were not distinguishing between the two events and that when backup cops arrived -- after folks at the minority party allegedly refused to turn their music down -- they simply faced an onslaught of students exiting both events.
So does the City Attorney's action today mean those who accused the LAPD of racism are right? Not necessarily. It just means prosecutors were looking at an uphill battle in court.