Commissioner President Matthew M. Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established.
Commissioner President Matthew M. Johnson and Commissioner Cynthia McClain–Hill read commented their sentiments on the events that occurred over the weekend Charlottesville, Virginia. “On behalf of the Police Commission, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the hatred and racism and ensuing violence incited and spread by these white supremacists,” said Commissioner Johnson. “What we witness is absolutely the opposite of everything we value and worked toward in Los Angeles. A more diverse, equitable, and inclusive city and society. We are united in our commitment to justice and peace and standing up against hatred.”
All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.
First Assistant Chief Michel Moore provided the Report of the Chief of Police on behalf of Chief Charlie Beck who was at the World Police and Fire Games. Chief Moore said the Department joins with the police commission in underscoring their remarks that mourn the loss of the two police officers and a protester that was senselessly killed.
The Department immediately reacted to spontaneous unplanned protests in support of the victims in Charlottesville. The Department facilitated two marches in downtown L.A area which continued into Sunday that occurred at Pershing Square and in front of City Hall. The Department will continue to work with organizers to facilitate these marches and expressions in support of the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville.
The World Police and Fire Games will conclude Wednesday night at the LA Convention Center. Chief Moore thanked the police commissioners, senior leadership in the Department, and City departments for their use of resources. Chief Moore paid respect to L.A. County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Jacob Castroll who died this past Friday in an off road cycling accident during the competition. Chief Moore attended the funeral services yesterday.
Chief Moore said many officers were present throughout LAUSD today as students return for the first day of school. The Department continues providing important traffic safety tips for parents.
Chief Moore provided a year to date update on Part I A crime and reported an Officer Involved shooting that occurred on August 9 in West LA patrol division. Chief Moore reports sworn personnel on payroll is 9,973; civilian personnel are at 2,870 with 481 civilian vacancies, 401 reserve officers of which 57 are chaplains; and 2,172 cadets.