A group gathered to drop off 500,000 signed petitions related to protest organizer Tianna Arata to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office on Sept. 1.
Protester Leiyahna Jefferson said the petitions urge District Attorney Dan Dow to drop all the charges against Arata.
However, the District Attorney’s office said they wouldn’t accept them because they have no bearing on the law or circumstances of Arata’s arrest.
So now, the group said they are going to mail the petitions to the office.
“It’s a lot of great things that people are doing to support the movement and so forth,” Jefferson said. “And it just shows that Dan Dow is not listening to the community, our voices, or any of the support that is coming from all different types of people all over the world.”
According to the District Attorney’s office, the case is under review with a recommendation by the San Luis Obispo Police Department that charges be filed.
“Over the last month, our office has engaged many community members expressing varied viewpoints on the arrest of Ms. Arata and suggesting (often demanding) that we make a particular filing decision,” The District Attorney’s office said in an email. “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.”
Arata is scheduled to appear in the San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Sept. 3.