PRESS RELEASE: Council Orders Review of Police Tactics During Mid-City Protest

LOS ANGELES - Today, the City Council approved a motion by Councilmembers David Ryu and Curren Price instructing the LAPD, the LAPD Inspector General, and the Department of Civil and Human Rights to conduct a thorough review of the tactics used by LAPD personnel during a demonstration on Saturday, May 30th in the Fairfax District. The motion also seeks recommendations for new crowd control and use-of-force tactics, as well as a review of less-than-lethal weapons like rubber bullets and tear gas and their modern-day equivalents, foam rounds and pepper balls.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

June 30, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Council Orders Review of Police Tactics During May 30th Mid-City Protest 

LOS ANGELES - Today, the City Council approved a motion by Councilmembers David Ryu and Curren Price instructing the LAPD, the LAPD Inspector General, and the Department of Civil and Human Rights to conduct a thorough review of the tactics used by LAPD personnel during a demonstration on Saturday, May 30th in the Fairfax District. The motion also seeks recommendations for new crowd control and use-of-force tactics, as well as a review of less-than-lethal weapons like rubber bullets and tear gas and their modern-day equivalents, foam rounds and pepper balls.

“On May 30th, Angelenos who were exercising their first amendment rights were met with force from the LAPD,” Councilmember Ryu said. “We also saw looting with seemingly no police response. I want to know why. We need a thorough review of the tactics the LAPD used, the reasoning behind it, and an investigation of all complaints filed against the department for use of force.” 

“We look forward to a comprehensive look into how decisions were made by law enforcement during what was supposed to be a peaceful protest on May 30, what triggered the escalation into what became a nightmare situation for both the police and protestors and how we plan to move forward as we seek new crowd control strategies and tactical solutions to better serve the City,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “The people of Los Angeles deserve complete transparency, accountability and respect when it comes to what occurs in our City and how they are to be treated while exercising a constitutional right to demonstrate, which should never lead to Angelenos having their rights violated.

The City Council also instructed the departments to investigate claims that the LAPD focused on protest gatherings instead of smaller groups committing acts of arson, looting and vandalism. 

The protest on May 30th began midday with a peaceful demonstration in Pan Pacific Park in Council District Four. As the event continued and demonstrators marched toward the intersection of 3rd and Fairfax, violence broke out between police and protestors, as well as significant destruction of local businesses. Photos and videos surfaced in the coming days showing police officers striking protestors with batons, as well as looting and vandalism met with little or no police response. 

The events on May 30th led to the first night of citywide curfews ordered by the Mayor of Los Angeles, which continued nightly through the night of June 3rd. 

Read the motion here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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