Coronavirus: Los Angeles City Attorney says mask enforcement could be coming

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Even though it's the law in California, some people are still refusing to wear masks in public. Right now, the police are not arresting people for failing to wear face coverings, but enforcement of some sort could be coming.

On Eyewitness Newsmakers, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer explained how some people, other than law enforcement, could eventually remind others about the obligation to wear a mask.

"You could imagine a task force assembled, perhaps disaster workers other ambassadors in the city who are put on the streets together. You could imagine law enforcement joining occasionally in this effort. It is the case now that I hope we don't have to reach the point where we have to actually enforce through criminal sanctions," he said.

Feuer also discussed potential legal action in regards to violence, looting and vandalism that occurred at the height of mostly peaceful protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The city attorney backed up his decision to not prosecute thousands of protesters whose violation was breaking curfew or failure to disperse. Instead, he says his office is working to facilitate conversations between protesters and law enforcement "that is long overdue."

"I'm optimistic that we'll be able to bring people into these forums and not only have people really hear each other but ideally, concrete ideas will emerge that will benefit all of us," he said.

Watch the video above for the full interview.
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