Jul 01, 2020
Los Angeles City Council moves forward with plan to replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls
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(CNN)The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure to develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls."This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles," City Councilmember Herb Wesson Jr. tweeted Tuesday. Nonviolent calls for service that police officers typically respond to include mental health crises, substance abuse and neighbor disputes.
The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities. This last month has made that crystal clear. We have a responsibility to listen to our people, and our people have spoken.
I look forward to continuing this work alongside @BLMLA.
We must act to reform public safety in our communities — and today, we took an important step forward, thanks to Councilmember @CMHerbJWesson, Council President @CD6Nury and our City Council. We will keep working together to change how we respond to nonviolent 911 calls.— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 1, 2020 Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti -- who has been criticized by LA activists amid the movement to defund police -- praised the city council's plan."We must act to reform public safety in our communities -- and today, we took an important step forward," he tweeted. Nationwide calls to 'defund the police'Over the past few months, "defund the police" has become a rallying cry among activists across the US. The movement calls for investing a sizable chunk of a city's budget -- normally designated for funding police departments -- to communities, especially marginalized ones where much of the policing occurs.The concept's been a murmur for years, particularly following the protests against police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri, though it seemed improbable in 2014.Now, local officials have begun listening to activist demands -- and change, at least in some areas of the country, seems more probable. "The world is speaking right now," Abdullah said while addressing City Council members in mid-June. "They're saying we don't want a system of policing that puts targets on the backs of Black people especially, but also is a regular assailant and traumatizer of our entire community."Last week, members of the city council in Minneapolis -- where Floyd was killed -- moved to dismantle its police force and replace it with a department of community safety and violence prevention."This is one action of many that we need to take on the road to a more equitable and just system that keeps people safe," council member Jeremiah Ellison said. Police unions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose in mid-June unveiled a collective agenda calling for national police reform and pledging to root out racist officers."Unfortunately, there is racism in our communities and that means across our country there are some racist police officers," the unions said in a joint statement. "Police unions must root out racism wherever it rears its ugly head and root out any racist individual from our profession."
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