He also charged 50 demonstrators criminally and offered others lighter sentences if they agreed to sit through a class on the First Amendment. "The goals of Trutanich have stayed the same," says Garrick Ruiz, a protestor charged by the city attorney in 2010, "which is to figure out how he can punish people as strongly as he can for any kind of political activity."
In Jan., Trutanich was accused of unjust punishment again when he sought to slap Dream Act activists with year-long jail sentences, CBS reported.
In this ABC video, Trutanich said, "Your right to protest ends at the tip of my toes and the tip of my nose." He continued, "It does not give you the absolute freedom to interrupt the lives of the people in L.A."