Los Angeles city council will replace LAPD officers for unarmed "crisis response" for non-violent calls
Los Angeles Police Department officers will be replaced with unarmed personal which will be assigned to response “non-violent calls for service” like neighbor disputes, The City Council passed a motion on Tuesday.
Herb Wesson alongside the 15-member council introduced the motion that:
- INSTRUCT the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) and the City Administrative Officer (CAO), with assistance from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority and in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and other relevant government service providers, to develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would divert non-violent calls for service (mental health crisis, substance abuse, neighbor disputes etc.) away from LAPD to the appropriate non-law enforcement agencies.
- INSTRUCT the CLA to analyze and report back on programs utilized both domestically and internationally such as CAHOOTS in Eugene, Oregon as well other models of crisis intervention.
Earlier this month Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the cut of LAPD budget up to $150 million. This money will be diverted to the needs of “communities of color.”