Embattled Los Angeles Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas has earned the steadfast support of local pastor KW Tullos who continues to advocate for the long-time public servant’s reinstatement to the city council. Tullos, and members of Council District 10 continue to assemble and protest on MRT’s behalf.
Tullos continues to decry the “loss of our vote”, and “civil rights violations” as the factors behind the protests.
“We’re demanding due process, we’re demanding a seat at the table to really discuss many of the issues of transparency, civil rights being violated,” Tulloss said.
“We want Mark Ridley-Thomas to be reinstated. He is who the people has placed in office.”
On Feb. 22, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously appointed former District 10 Councilman Herb Wesson to temporarily represent the district, either until Dec. 31 or until Ridley-Thomas is acquitted or the charges are dropped.
But two days later, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel issued a temporary restraining order blocking Wesson from filling the council seat, at least until a March 17 preliminary injunction hearing. The order was part of a lawsuit filed by Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California aimed at reinstating Ridley-Thomas to the council.
The lawsuit was filed by Pastor Smart, Joy Atkinson (LAAAWPPI), and others.
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City News Service contributed to this article.