Animal-rights group barks back with civil rights claim

first_imgAn animal rights group charged with terrorizing municipal employees has filed a $3 million civil rights claim against the city of Los Angeles. The Animal Defense League-Los Angeles, charged last week with conspiring to harass Animal Services workers, filed the claim Wednesday in response “to the blatant lies and egregious misrepresentation of facts by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.” A spokesman for Delgadillo said he hadn’t seen the claim and declined to comment on what appeared to be a pending lawsuit. John Uribe, attorney for the ADL-LA, said the 14-count criminal charge, in addition to pending civil actions against group members, was part of a city campaign to violate the protesters’ free-speech rights. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “This represents a 2 1/2-year struggle by the city to try to silence this very vocal and boisterous group for exercising its First Amendment rights to demonstrate against the city,” Uribe said. The ADL-LA, which has advocated a no-kill policy at city animal shelters, has been accused of terrorizing city employees and their families during protests at their homes.last_img read more

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