Scientology opponents bristle at protest limits in Riverside County - 2009-01-09
The ordinance approved Tuesday was fast-tracked, meaning it did not receive the customary second hearing, and was sponsored by Supervisor Jeff Stone, who said protesters had crossed onto private property and were infringing on the quality of life at the church's Golden Era Productions compound on Gilman Springs Road.
Three protesters showed up Thursday outside the gates and within minutes were swarmed by Riverside County Sheriff's deputies in four squad cars. They were told they could not shout at specific individuals inside and could not block the entrance. Deputies also demanded the driver's license of a reporter covering the protest and tried to interrogate him. A sheriff's official later said that was inappropriate.