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The Right to Assemble: Protest vs Revolt – How Does a Chief Survive the Aftermath


The year 2020 will be remembered not only for the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and tremendous impact on all facets of society, but it will also be remembered for the George Floyd death and the subsequent demonstrations and protests. Protesters, journalists and law enforcement officials were injured, and business owners suffered substantial financial losses. Public entities, facing demands for police reform and cries for defunding law enforcement, have been caught in the middle of public debate. Politicians rushed to pass laws curtailing the ability of law enforcement to defend themselves and members of the public. Law enforcement policy decision makers must recognize the importance of minimizing civil liability in the aftermath of these critical incidents, while at the same time upholding the First Amendment. Imagine what could happen if a judge granted a TRO preventing your agency from using less than lethal munitions at a protest. What is your backup plan? What if a judge orders your public entity to pay for the protective equipment for the protestors? These issues are being dealt with today and not as a hypothetical exercise. The course will present chief executives with an overview of potential legislation arising out of the protests. The legal issues associated with the protests will also be discussed, as will the tactics of the protestors, both in the street and in the courts.


  • Eugene Ramirez, Founding Partner, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP

    Eugene P. Ramirez, a founding member of the firm, graduated from Whittier College School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and President of the Student Bar Association. At Whittier, he received an award as the Best Oral Advocate and the Outstanding Moot Court Graduate Award. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach (B.A., 1983), where he minored in Criminal Justice & Public Policy.

    Before joining the firm, Mr. Ramirez worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, where he conducted numerous misdemeanor and felony jury trials, including murder trials. He has also worked as a reserve police officer for the Whittier Police Department and the Monterey Park Police Department.

    Mr. Ramirez serves as an advisor to several public entities on the issues of use of force, employment issues and policies and procedures. He has provided training to thousands of police officers and supervisors, from around the country and Canada, over the past 20 years.

    Mr. Ramirez was profiled in the April 2003, California Lawyer Magazine, for his work in defending law enforcement. He was honored with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS). He has been named as a 2005-2011, 2014-2017 Super Lawyer for Southern California. He was also named to the distinguished American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), in 2005, an award only bestowed upon proven trial attorneys.

    He was selected as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1993 and, 2006, by two different Sheriffs. He was selected as the 2009 Alumni Attorney of the Year for Whittier School of Law. He has been selected twice as one of the Top 25 Municipal Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal. Mr. Ramirez has been awarded Certificates of Appreciation from the United States Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) and from the United States Secret Service.

April 27, 2021
Tue 10:15 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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