Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LA - Several Protesters Taken Into Custody at Downtown Social Workers Rally

Several Protesters Taken Into Custody at Downtown Social Workers Rally

  • Several people were taken into custody Tuesday when police responded to a large rally in downtown Los Angeles held by county social workers who say they’re overburdened with heavy case loads that affects children’s safety.
Police responded to a large social workers rally in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)
Aerial video showed hundreds of protesters filling the intersection of Hill and Temple streets just after 1 p.m., many waving signs and carrying megaphones.
Dozens of officers escorted one woman into a police car as the strikers continued to protest.
The rally was the latest in a string of protests organized by L.A. County Children’s Social Workers, which began the strike on Dec. 5.
According to the organization, the strike began contract negotiations broke down over high caseloads.
Tuesday’s protest was targeting the regular meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which oversees the county’s Department of Children and Family Services.
A protester at Tuesday’s rally is taken away by police. (Credit: KTLA)
“We’re taking this strike straight to the top,” said children’s social worker Jessi Gonzalez in a statement Tuesday.
“The Board members have the power to approve a contract that protects children and families in LA County, and we intend to deliver that message to them in person,” she continued.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/12/10/several-protesters-taken-into-custody-at-downtown-social-workers-rally/#ixzz2n6xMi2yc

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