On Sunday, October 22, 2017, an organized rally from “Onward America,” as well as counter-protestors, stated they were going to exercise their First Amendment right of freedom of speech at Main Beach Park. The rally began at 7:00 p.m. with minimal people in attendance. At 8:00 p.m., people began to congregate, and at its height, there were a total of 60 protestors and counter-protestors in attendance. There were no arrests made, and by 8:45 p.m. people from the rally left the area.
The Laguna Beach Police Department was supported by the Laguna Beach Fire Department, Marine Safety, and Public Works Department as well as deputies and officers from our county partner agencies. Specifically, the Laguna Beach Police Department would like to thank the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, UCI, Seal Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Costa Mesa, and the Garden Grove Police Departments for their assistance.
As always, it remains the mission of our police department to allow for freedom of expression afforded by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as long as it is done in a peaceful and lawful manner.
Lastly, we would like to thank the Laguna Beach community for their continued and unwavering support during the preparation and execution of today’s event. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Sergeant Jim Cota at 949-464-6671.