SLO County District Attorney rejects Tianna Arata petitions

September 1, 2020

Supporters of protest leader Tianna Arata attempted to deliver boxes of petitions to San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow on Tuesday, but the DA’s office rejected them.

Arata supporters arrived outside the Palm Street entrance to the San Luis Obispo courthouse, claiming to have more than 500,000 signed petitions calling for Dow not to file charges against Arata. The petitions appear to be printouts of a Change.org petition that has garnered more than 544,000 signatures, as of Tuesday evening.

The DA’s office refused to accept the boxes of petitions and instead issued a statement saying it would not bow to political pressure.

“Our office is not accepting the petitions, as they have no bearing on the law or circumstances resulting in Ms. Arata’s arrest, the DA’s office said in a statement. “While mindful of the complexity and sensitivity of the broader social justice conversation, we would be in violation of our ethical duty if we were to make a filing decision based on public sentiment.

“The District Attorney’s Office remains committed to the fair, objective and fact-based review of the evidence in determining if criminal charges should be brought, and if so what charges. In short, we will follow the law without regard for political pressure or political sentiment.”

Dow has yet to announce whether or not his office will file charges against Arata. The protest leader is scheduled for an arraignment hearing Thursday morning.

Tianna Arata, in the center, stomping on a burnt flag

Arata is asking her supporters to protest during her hearing, according to her social media posts.

In addition to attempting to deliver petitions to Dow, Black Lives Matter activists also held a protest outside the courthouse on Tuesday.


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Ted R

The flag represents the People, collectively. Asking for the People’s support while you dance on the People’s flag is idiotic.


Rambunctious

With friends and supporters like Arata has who needs enemies…they are making it harder for the DA to go easy on her….if he does folks will say he caved to pressure and fear…..


Uncle Jack

Hopefully the DA adds on some type of money laundering, extortion and ongoing harassment charges.


Tianna is a community bully.


kayaknut

I always thought “A petition” contained signatures of valid voters supporting the petition? I understand some of the signatures on this so-called petition are not even US citizens let alone city residents or voters.


shelworth

The Law doesn’t work like that, which they would know if they spent more time in school instead of marching and screaming. If the Law did work like that OJ would be serving life in prison for a double murder.


commonsenseguy

Ms. Arata and blm, sure make easy to not support their cause. Your a big girl now Tianna, you organized and lead protest that goes bad and breaks the law, you must be held accountable. Face the problem you and your supporter’s created like an adult. After all, it works both ways. No justice. No peace coming by your way young lady.


rjakelian

Good, don’t cave into Arata’s rancor …


Gordo

“Arata is asking her supporters to protest during her hearing, according to her social media posts.”


Let’s dig that hole a little deeper shall we?


ActaNonVerba

Arata was arrested on five charges—participation in a riot, unlawful assembly, conspiracy, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.


There’s compelling video evidence to back-up most or all of those charges.


But wait! There’s a PETITION! A Change.org PETITION at that! What do the low-foreheads expect? Do they think the SLOC DA will conclude “well we charged Ms. Arata with five criminal acts, there’s plenty of evidence, but there’s a PETITION (and ongoing coercion!) That changes everything of course! Of course we’ll drop the charges!”


It doesn’t work that way, kiddies! I would like to see DA Dow add a few more charges — like criminal menacing when Arata was screaming vulgarities at people (including kids) up close and personal while walking down Monterey Street!


P.S. Use a thumb drive next time kiddies, and save a few trees!


kettle

“What do the low-foreheads expect? ”


Really, make some genetic jokes about breeding?


ActaNonVerba

8 charges total — 5 felonies, 3 misdemeanors.


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