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On Thursday morning approximately 200 protesters gathered at the city’s beach pier area in frustration of the stay at home order. The protest was peaceful, but police say that eight people committed unlawful activity.
“The vast majority of demonstrators peacefully exercised their First Amendment rights,”
“Unfortunately, despite numerous warnings prior to the event, some individuals chose to commit unlawful activity. Eight people were arrested.”
– Statement from Police
Four people were arrested for trespassing and three people were arrested for failure to disperse.
The eighth person arrested was Alan Shane Hostetter former police chief of La Habra Police Department. He was the one who had organized the protest. He was arrested for inciting a riot, destruction of public property, and trespassing and resisting arrest.
Hostetter was arrested when he was caught dismantling fencing and didn’t adhere to warnings to stop.
“We always have and always will protect First Amendment rights. That does not entitle individuals to commit other violations of law. We appreciate the support we have received from the community as we defend the rights afforded to us by the Constitution and uphold the law.”
– Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes
This was just one of many protest that have taken place across the state of California over the past several weeks. Residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with having their constitutional rights infringed upon.