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US Trump administration warns Garcetti against 'heavy-handed' stay-at-home orders

05:43  23 may  2020
05:43  23 may  2020 Source:   latimes.com

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The Trump administration sent a warning letter Friday to Mayor Eric Garcetti, saying the Department of Justice is concerned the city may pursue "an arbitrary and heavy-handed approach" to stay-at-home orders.

Eric S. Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Rights Division, pointed to what he said were public statements by Garcetti and Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County's director of public health.

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The Trump administration has sent a letter to the mayor of Los Angeles saying the federal government is concerned that the city’s “arbitrary and heavy - handed approach” to The warning letter to LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti , came from Eric S Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for the

The Trump administration has sent a letter to the mayor of Los Angeles saying the federal government is concerned that the city’s “arbitrary and heavy - handed approach” to The warning letter to LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti , came from Eric S Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for the

"Reports of your recent public statements indicate that you suggested the possibility of long-term lockdown of the residents in the city and county of Los Angeles, regardless of the legal justification for such restrictions," Dreiband wrote. "Any such approach may be both arbitrary and unlawful."

Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said the mayor's team has received the letter and is reviewing it.

Garcetti issued a stay-at-home order for Los Angeles in March, extending it twice. But he has signaled that restrictions would be loosened in the coming weeks.

Over the last month, beaches, golf courses, tennis courts and hiking trails have reopened, and retail stores now allow curbside pickup.

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