Evans bill would require ‘reasonable notice’ of D.C. protests

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require protesters to provide the city “reasonable notice” of a planned demonstration.

Mr. Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, noted his legislation comes on the heels of Occupy protests that would “spring up without any notice” in recent months throughout the District, a city that frequently encounters protests because of its role as the nation’s capital.

The heads up, he said, would allow Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier to allocate officers methodically and “not have to keep a number officers constantly on reserve to deal with a demonstration that pops up out of nowhere.”

“We did the research we can’t find any other jurisdiction that does not require at least a minimum notice requirement,” Mr. Evans said.

Mr. Evans said the bill directs the D.C. Departement of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the police department to devise rules that would govern the notification process.

The length of notice “can be as short or as long as anyone wants to do it,” so long as its reasonable, he said.

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