PRESS RELEASE: Councilmembers Ryu and Price Seek Review of Police Tactics During Mid-City Protest

LOS ANGELES - Councilmembers David Ryu and Curren Price introduced a motion today seeking a thorough review of the tactics used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) during a protest in the Fairfax area on Saturday, May 30th. The protest, which began peacefully in Councilmember Ryu’s district, descended into a violent situation with property damage, looting and numerous protesters hurt.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

June 10, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

Councilmembers Ryu and Price Seek Review of Police Tactics During Mid-City Protest 

 

LOS ANGELES - Councilmembers David Ryu and Curren Price introduced a motion today seeking a thorough review of the tactics used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) during a protest in the Fairfax area on Saturday, May 30th. The protest, which began peacefully in Councilmember Ryu’s district, descended into a violent situation with property damage, looting and numerous protesters hurt.

“What I saw last Saturday was a peaceful protest that fell to chaos.” Councilmember Ryu said. “Los Angeles deserves a full account of what happened that night. I have seen videos of protesters beaten by police officers while looting and vandalism went unchecked. I don’t think this reflects the best of our police department, and I want answers, accountability, and change with how LAPD responds to peaceful protests.”

“The disturbing images and videos of peaceful protestors being brutalized by members of the Los Angeles Police Department demands swift action and a comprehensive review of the excessive force used against Angelenos who were simply utilizing their constitutional right to demonstrate,” said Councilmember Price. “The tactics used by a number of officers exhibited behavior that is not acceptable and must be addressed and thoroughly investigated. While this was but one instance, it reveals a clear need to reassess current departmental protocols for crowd control, de-escalation and accountability. The use of rubber bullets, tear gas and batons against demonstrators while dispersing the crowds not only exhibit actions that were aggressive but potentially lethal and requires answers.”

The motion seeks a thorough review and explanation of crowd control and use of force tactics used at the May 30th event from LAPD, the independent Office of the Inspector General, and the Department of Civil and Human Rights. The motion also seeks independent investigations of the use of less-than-lethal weapons, complaints filed against LAPD for use of excessive force in dispersing peaceful demonstrators, as well as claims of LAPD not intervening against acts of arson, looting and vandalism. 

The protest began midday with a peaceful demonstration in Pan Pacific Park. As the event continued and demonstrators marched toward the intersection of 3rd and Fairfax, LAPD officers began spraying what appeared to be tear gas and firing rubber bullets into crowds of demonstrators. Looting and destruction also broke out. Photos and videos surfaced in the coming days showing police officers striking protestors with batons, as well as looting and vandalism without a police response.

May 30th began the first night of citywide curfews ordered by the Mayor of Los Angeles, which continued nightly through the night of June 3rd. Since curfews have ended, peaceful protests and demonstrations have continued throughout Los Angeles.

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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