LA City Council approves first step to replace LAPD with community responders for non-violent calls

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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved the first step in a plan to replace Los Angeles Police Department officers with unarmed, community-based emergency response personnel for nonviolent service calls.

“This is the beginning of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles,” said Council Member Herb Wesson, co-author of the motion. “The bottom line is that the way things have gone is not working for our communities. This past month has made this very clear. We have a responsibility to listen to our people and our people have spoken.”

Wesson said he looks forward to working on the project with members of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

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“This will not solve all of our problems right away,” said Wesson. “But this movement marks a radical shift in our city’s focus on public safety and I am optimistic that cities and counties across the country will follow our example.”

FOX 11 has contacted the LAPD for comment and is waiting for a response.

The motion for the crisis response teams was tabled by Wesson and council chairman Nury Martinez on June 16 following protests in the city over the custody of George Floyd by police officers from Minneapolis.

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The motion directs LAPD to work with the county Department of Mental Health, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and other government agencies to respond to non-violent incidents, such as drug abuse and health-related incidents. mental.

This would include diverting non-violent calls for services, such as neighborhood and other disputes from the Los Angeles police, to appropriate non-police agencies.

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