LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — L. A. city Council voted unanimously Tuesday to replace police officers with a group of unarmed crisis response for non-violent emergency calls.
“This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles,” Advisor to herb Wesson said on Twitter. “The bottom line is that this development was not working for our community. Over the past 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 together (black lives matter-La)”.
Non-violent providers will respond to calls related to mental health problems, neighborhood disputes, substance abuse incidents and other situations, law enforcement may not be best suited for processing — a move that BLM-La-co-founder Melina Abdullah asserted many years.
“Often when these calls become violent, they become violent at the hands of police,” she said.
TJ Tarjamo, Director of the police Department of Los Angeles Union, said that, while he may not agree with Abdullah that he supports the idea of a community respond to such a situation as long as they are properly developed and not “knee-jerk reaction designed to appease the current hashtags.”
The police Department of Los Angeles, Los Angeles homeless authority and the Department of mental health County will weigh on the development of the model motion.
“It will not solve all our problems, but this step marks a fundamental change in the approach of public safety, and I’m sure cities and counties nationwide will follow suit,” said Wesson.
Also on Tuesday, Wesson was joined by three other adviser, offering replacement armed police officers to commit violations of traffic rules.
Advisers Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mike Bonin, curren price and Wesson suggested the city through the Department of Los Angeles for transportation of employees or automated technology to enforce traffic rules, including speeding, illegal turns and other vehicle code violations.
“For many years, police have used the traffic enforcement as a pretext to harass and humiliate black motorists, violating their rights,” Harris-Dawson said. “We don’t need armed officials, reporting and application of traffic violations. This practice is costly to the city a lot of money, and too many innocent people their lives.”
If the proposal is adopted, employees of LADOT and other city officials will hold consultations with members of the community and try to develop other methods of enforcement that do not rely on armed officers.
“Driving while black or Latino should not be a crime, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a young person of color that has no negative interactions that began with the alleged traffic violation,” said Wesson. “It’s common sense. We don’t need an armed response to a broken tail light or a traffic accident. This is a logical next step in rethinking public safety in Los Angeles”.
Wesson said that police departments across the country for a long time used minor traffic violations as a pretext for profiling blacks and other colored people. The data revealed that police stops and searches of black and Latino motorists more often than whites, the advisers said.
It was not clear that the Committee of the city Council could hear the first sentence.
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