Our Right to Come Together
Our Right to Come Together
Tis the season to be jolly, but can we be jolly when our rights to congregate and assemble are not upheld by the ones sworn to protect these rights? During this season, the people of Los Santos are looking for a way to come to together in harmony. People want to be entertained during these dark days, and we buskers and independent event planners want to provide that entertainment. We want to help people congregate and come together and celebrate life and more! However, the San Andreas State Police Department keeps busting down our peaceful performances and parties without any proper justification. Freedom of speech and assembly is a fundamental right of every individual guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth amendment in the US constitution. Are we not allowed to entertain the people of Los Santos on the sidewalk, on a public square or anywhere else? Is the San Andreas State Police department violating our rights of expression and also rights to equal protection of the laws? We have bigger problems in Los Santos than someone playing the guitar.
What we want are some proper regulations. We understand that we cannot party indefinitely. We understand that we cannot sing for hours and hours at a public place. However, when a busker gets arrested for loitering only after 5 minutes of playing his guitar. That is outrageous. We want to reach a compromise with the City, the State and the Police Department. We want an agreement that works for everyone.
Busking and Event Rights
- Locations: Public Places (Squares, Parks, Beaches) with a parking lot/garage nearby and Private Venues (Concert Halls, Mansions, Clubs.) will be considered proper places to organize events and the city buskers should have free reign to play and perform.
- Time Limit: For events organised by individuals and buskers should have a limit of an hour. There should be a 2 hour grace period if the same individual wants to organize another event on the same day. Within this timeframe, the Troopers of the SASP have no justification to break up an event. When an event exceeds this timeframe, Troopers may intervene.
- Loitering: Following the City of Los Santos Laws & Ordinance. Loitering is: Remaining in any one public place without an 'apparent' purpose while being given a lawful order to disperse by a law enforcement officer. The people who are attending this event have a reason to remain at that public place. Once the event is finished the crowd shall disperse. Anyone who doesn't disperse can be prosecuted for loitering.
- Notifying: Once an event starts, the individual planning it will notify the SASP by calling: 311. Once an event ends, the same process will apply.
These rights shall only apply for buskers and independent event/party planners. Businesses have their own events and have their own rights. We want to fight for the people without a whole cooperation behind them. We believe these are fair and humble requests to stop conflicts between the citizens and the SASP.
My name is Solomon Nathaniel Brooks. I am a musician here in our fair city of Los Santos. I immigrated to the USA and this state to start a new life and get somewhere with my music career. I found my fame on Legion Square: 'A Tow Truck Stage Talent Show.' After my small moment of fame, I continued playing at Legion Sq. Being supported by citizens, medics, troopers and more. After a couple of weeks playing at Legion Sq. my performance got interrupted by a certain trooper of the SASP. A few days later I continued playing there after receiving a verbal warning to stop playing there. I know my laws and I know I was in my right to play at Legion Square. On the first of December, I decided to start carolling, it is the start of the season after all! I was there for just 5 minutes and two troopers approached me. They put me in cuffs without any chance to defend my rights I was hauled off to Mission Row. I was sentenced for loitering: 10 months of jail at the state penitentiary and a 300 dollar fine. I was just doing my job, thrown in jail for doing my job. This is why I am starting a petition. I respect all the troopers of the SASP, however, without any proper regulations, conflicts between the SASP and the citizens will continue. Let us come together in this season of love and happiness and work together for a brighter Los Santos!