Various Riot Arrest Figures Don’t Jibe With AM-LA Riot, Bjt
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Law enforcement officials gave widely different figures Monday for the number of people arrested during the city’s recent riots.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Larry Bryant said 18,807 riot-related arrests were made. But the Police Department and city and county prosecutors said the number was too high.
″There were basically 7,000 riot-related arrests,″ said Steve Teichner, a district attorney’s spokesman. ″We’re saying there aren’t 18,000 arrests, and the city attorney agrees.″
The LAPD’s Emergency Operations Center placed the arrest total at 7,858.
Most of the arrests came during three days of civil unrest that began April 29, a few hours after jurors acquitted police officers charged in the 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King.
Bryant said the Sheriff’s Department stands by its figure.
″It’s not unusual to see a difference in the number of arrests made and the number of filings made,″ he said. ″Not all cases are turned over to the DA for prosecution. In other cases, defendants are issued citations and never even get to the DA.″
The criminal justice system in Los Angeles County routinely deals with about 1,000 new people a day, according to the district attorney’s office.
″Crime continued even during the riot. We average 1,000 new criminals a day coming through our system, and that’s without a riot,″ said Teichner.
From April 29 to May 3, the district attorney filed charges against about 3,000 people and the City Attorney filed about 2,200, Teichner said.
″The LAPD said up to 2,000 people were cited and released, although they used booking numbers. That’s about 7,000 people on riot-related crimes,″ he said.