LOS ANGELES - The ACLU of Southern California won a temporary restraining order today to stop the Los Angeles Police Department from continuing its pattern of harassment and intimidation of protesters. Judge Dean Pregerson enjoined the LAPD from:

"1. Seizing from the Convergence Center or destroying any puppets or printed material; 2. entering the Convergence Center on the basis of purported administrative violations, including building and safety, zoning, and fire code violations, in the absence of a prior order issued by this court."

"The Court's order sends a clear message," said ACLU of Southern California staff attorney Dan Tokaji, "that the Constitution will not be suspended because the Democratic National Convention is in town."