The Department of Justice sent a letter Friday warning Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti against keeping COVID-19 lockdowns in place much longer, calling the plan “unlawful” and “arbitrary.”
“Reports of your recent public statements indicate that you suggested the possibility of long-term lockdown of the residents in the city and county of Los Angeles, regardless of the legal justification for such restrictions,” Eric S. Dreiband, an assistant attorney general wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Any such approach may be both arbitrary and unlawful.”
While some states like Georgia are already opening up shops and restaurants, Los Angeles officials have warned that their city could continue to impose harsh lockdowns until August. The city has so far suffered more than 43,000 infections and at least 2,049 deaths.
In a press conference Friday, Garcetti defended his approach.
“Together, with science, the numbers will always guide us forward,” he said. “We were able to do this and save lives … There is nothing else. There’s no games, there’s nothing else going on.”
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