LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles City Council motion launched on Tuesday would do what officials call a "nonviolent crisis response team" to replace police officers responding to certain police calls.
The plan, launched by City Councilor Herb Wesson and President Nury Martinez, instructs the LA Police Department to work with the county mental health department, the LA Homeless Services Authority, and other government agencies to respond to non-violent incidents such as substance abuse and related incidents Mental health.
Neighborhood disputes and other nonviolent calls for services would be redirected by the LAPD to the relevant non-law enforcement agencies.
“We have to redefine public security in the 21st century. One that reduces the need for armed police presence, especially when the situation does not necessarily require it, ”said Wesson.
The move could fundamentally change the way the LAPD works. Instead of letting an official respond to calls related to nonviolent or non-criminal matters, the call would be routed to a crisis response team that is better tailored to the needs of the situation, City Councilor Bob Blumenfield said.
"Police don't want to do social work," said Blumenfield.
The application is also supported by leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, including Professor Melina Abdullah, who, along with other representatives of the BLM movement, introduced five city council members, including Martinez and Wesson, to the LA budget on Monday.
"If it appears to be so, it is absolutely a step in the right direction," said Abdullah, "and it also shows that they were ready to listen to the voices of the people who said that public safety and security Police work are not synonymous. " , especially for black angelenos. "
The People & # 39; s Budget L.A. aims to redirect the LAPD funds to invest in community growth, including education and psychosocial services.
On Monday, the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee made a proposal to remove up to $ 150 million from the LA Police Department's budget following George Floyd's protests, while community activists presented their idea of a more dramatic reduction in law enforcement spending.
Last week, Martinez, who co-initiated the application, ended her own LAPD security detail after the Council repeatedly asked to void the department.