Cops Bamboozle Old Timers to Leave Feinstein's Office

Police called on retirees at senator's LA office

By Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Jul 31, 2009  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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Cops Bamboozle Old Timers to Leave Feinstein's Office

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One minute, some retirees are in Dianne Feinstein's conference room. The next minute, they're out on the streets.

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The healthcare debate really is getting ugly.

Police tricked a group of retirees who refused leave Sen. Dianne Feinstein's West Los Angeles office on Thursday.

The protesters demanded Feinstein talk to them about healthcare reform.

She wasn't having it, so police lured the seven protesters outside somehow and then locked the doors behind them, said Los Angeles police Sergeant Rich Brunson.

A spokeswoman for the 55- to 87-year-old activists told The Associated Press that they arrived at Feinstein's office around noon and remained in her conference room more than six hours.

Feinstein spokesman Gil Duran said staff had offered the retirees an in-person meeting with the senator during a Los Angeles visit next week but that they demanded to speak with her immediately.

No arrests were made, Brunson said.

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