Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a slew of changes that will be made to LAPD’s training, including the handling of large crowds such as those seen during the George Floyd protests. Aside from seeking up to $150 million in cuts to the LAPD budget, there are plans to rethink practices.
The mayor laid out the plans in the Wednesday press conference, and then reiterated them for all to see on social media. Part of the LAPD’s “reform” is mandated training in “implicit bias” and de-escalation, with officers being required to intervene if a fellow officer is believed to be using excessive force.
Garcetti said the city will also be working with the Police Commission to “better identify problematic behavior” with its officers. There are also plans to have law enforcement build better rapport with the youth in the community. Part of that will be a 50 percent expansion of the Gang Reduction Youth Development program, which holds events such as the Summer Night Lights, a program meant to provide safe spaces, keeping recreation centers open late, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in at least 32 Los Angeles communities that are impacted by gang violence.
In response to the violence that occurred during the George Floyd protests, there will also be crowd control training implemented by the end of 2020. Efforts in the LAPD’s mental health intervention training will be expanded as well, training a minimum of 900 officers in assisting with situations related to mental health.
Garcetti added that the city has pinpointed $250 million in the budget (up to $150 million from LAPD) to reinvest in communities of color, assisting in finding jobs, health and education. “It’s on those of us that you’ve elected to represent you, to step up to this moment,” Garcetti said.