An attempt is under way in Los Angeles to replace Los Angeles Police Department officers with unarmed, non-police officers who will be responsible for responding to “nonviolent service calls,” Los Angeles City Council President Herb said. Wesson Jr. on Tuesday.
“We need to redefine public safety in the 21st century. That reduces the need for an armed police presence, especially when the situation does not necessarily require it,” Wesson said in a statement on the proposal presented today by his colleagues.
Wesson, the first president of African America at the Los Angeles City Council, said police had gone from solution to problem and “may not be better equipped” to respond to emergencies.
“These calls should be addressed to skilled workers who are better equipped to handle the situation,” Wesson said. “My colleague Nury Martinez and I are calling for a systematic crisis response plan to replace the presence of the police in non-criminal situations with unarmed service providers, including doctors, mental health professionals, homeless workers and others with specialized training.”
Read Wesson’s tweet about the move:
Some background: At least seven Los Angeles police officers They were removed from their duties after excessive violence during recent protests, police told CNN on June 10.
The move comes as police across the nation were attacked Violent responses to protesters protesting police brutality. Critics pointed out the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and, in many cases, physical activity as examples of excessive force.
“The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate allegations of misconduct, violations of the Department’s policy and excessive violence during the recent civil unrest,” police said in a statement.
The department has instructed 40 investigators to “examine every complaint in detail” and “consider each officer responsible for their actions,” the department said. Fifty-six complaints are currently being investigated, with 28 reported for alleged use of force, Los Angeles police said.