Sacramento Council May Ammend Parade Ordinance
At its meeting tonight, Sacramento City Council is expected to consider amending a controversial ordinance restricting demonstrations and parades.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
The so-called Parade ordinance was passed in the summer of 2003 when local officials became concerned that demonstrations during a national bio-technology conference could turn violent. Among other things the ordinance prohibits participants in a parade or protest march from carrying weapons or items that could be converted to weapons -- like placards or containers filled with dangerous substances. Tonight, council is expected to consider an amendment that would ease some restrictions. But critics like Sacramento activist Heidi McLean say the ordinance threatens liberties, such as free speech and should be repealed, not amended. CLEAN :07—If people are engaging in criminal activity the police already have the laws on the books to arrest these people. City officials acknowledge some provisions of the ordinance may tread on civil liberties, which is why they’re drafting the amendment. It’s unclear whether a vote will take place tonight on the amendment, which city officials are calling “a work in progress.” Bob Hensley KXJZ News.