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HARRY TOUART, San Clemente
Just two weeks ago, officers with Orange County Sheriff’s Department were threatening to attack a few dozen local residents with less-than-lethal munitions for what they claimed was an unlawful assembly on the public sidewalks for which we all enjoy and pay taxes.
On Sunday, there were hundreds of people from other cities having a non-permitted protest, participating in an unlawful assembly for the reason of something that has absolutely nothing to do with San Clemente.
Why was it that OCSD was not on their loudspeakers, intimidating everyone in riot gear, blocking the streets off, threatening the crowd to disperse or get fired upon with live munitions?
In the meantime, businesses on Del Mar felt the need to board their windows up for fear of being looted by the demonstrators that converged on our town. The local population has to deal with the streets being taken over with mayhem, unnecessary traffic, noise and pollution.
Where are our city leaders keeping this from taking place? Who’s in charge? What is happening to our beach community?
Don’t be surprised if one day San Clemente gets burned to the ground by an Antifa or similar mentality because we do not have proper city leadership or a law enforcement element that genuinely represents San Clemente.
I agree 100% with Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes’ recent statement about our city. San Clemente is truly dysfunctional.
Editor’s Note: During the May 21 protest over the fencing around the Pier Bowl parking lot, deputies instructed demonstrators to disperse and relocate to the small grass field near the train tracks. Individuals were arrested, but OCSD did not fire any non-lethal ammunitions. As for the May 31 march and protest at the Pier Bowl, OCSD has noted that demonstrators protested peacefully and that there were no reports of arrest, damage to property, or injuries related to the rally. The organizers of this past Sunday’s protest had no affiliation with Antifa.