Black Lives Matter, Los Angeles (BLM-LA) criticized Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass’ support of newly reappointed LAPD Chief Michel Moore.
After spending years asking for Moore to be removed as Chief and placing blame for violent police incidents on his shoulders, BLM-LA made a more vocal push when Moore declared he wanted to serve a second term.
“This is disgusting,” BLM-LA wrote in a Twitter post addressing Bass’ decision to support Moore. “[Karen Bass] just announced that she will reappoint Chief Michel Moore, who has misled LAPD as the most murderous department in the entire nation. This after the murders of [Takar Smith, Keenan Anderson and Oscar Sanchez] in 2023.”
It was announced that Moore was reappointed Tuesday, with his second term officially beginning on June 27, and Mayor Bass declared her support for the Police Commission’s decision.
THIS IS DISGUSTING!@MayorOfLA @KarenBassLA just announced that she will reappoint Chief Michel Moore, who has misled LAPD as the most murderous department in the entire nation.
This after the murders of #TakarSmith #KeenanAnderson & #OscarSanchez in 2023. #BlackLivesMatter
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) January 31, 2023
In an open letter to the Commission, Bass noted the most recent police shootings in 2023, as well as the critical incident involving the cousin of a BLM co-founder, but said she and Moore had agreed to work together on reform within the police department.
“In considering whether to recommend the reappointment of Michel R. Moore as Chief of Police, I have drawn on my long history of working to improve public safety and LAPD, which predates my founding of the Community Coalition in 1990,” Bass said. “… I’ve heard directly from neighbors, community members, and the people of Los Angeles about their views on public safety, and since taking office, I have had detailed discussions with Chief Moore and stakeholders. I therefore write today in support of reappointing Chief Moore.”
Within the letter, Bass said she and Moore would work on plans to that would “improve responses” to mental health crises, increase community policing and increase recruitment of “reform-minded officers.”
Upon unanimously voting for Moore’s return, the police commission expressed its support for Moore, calling noting he could lead in the reform efforts needed in the city of Los Angeles needs.
“Chief Moore is an exceptional leader,” Commission President William J. Briggs said in a statement after the vote. “Chief Moore remaining in place will provide a much-needed continuity for the department. He has the ability to not only lead the department, but to institute cutting edge reforms and work with deep relationships he has built within the community, city and county leaders to the benefit of the LAPD and the city of Los Angeles.”
Moore has hinted at not finishing his full term and allowing a new chief to prepare for the 2028 summer Olympics.
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