by Jon von Gunten
(NOTE: This meeting replaced our usual meeting that would have occurred Wednesday, June 21. That meeting will NOT occur.)
TEARFUL TESTIMONIES. ANGRY OUTBURSTS. HANDCUFFED OFFICERS.
How we can help ourselves against vagrant crime!
What LAPD can do better!
Ingredients at the Meeting:
– 80+ residents fed up with assaults and intimidations by homeless
– 10 LAPD brass, detectives and officers manacled by soft and fuzzy laws and lawsuits
– Two psychs with explanations Stir up with audience reports of assaults, fights, threats, thefts, and fear of everincreasing homeless who are, themselves, fearless
– Bring to boiling when women’s tears flow as they relate stories of no LAPD assistance (One woman told of very fast response time and help.)
– Simmer with men’s irate remarks to LAPD – Hobble our willing LAPD officers by voter-approved laws and blown lawsuits.
– Top with tales of *SOME* LAPD officers refusing to take crime reports, discouraging residents from filing reports, or refusing to arrest vagrants because law requires them to inventory shopping carts full of junk
WHAT WE CAN STILL DO!!
And PLEASE Send This to Discouraged Neighbors and Friends!
– DON’T DIVE INTO APATHY and inaction! That means they win. Keep calling, nudging, objecting, emailing and complaining to your mayor, our councilperson (current and upcoming), LAPD brass and your SLO. Do NOT listen to “It’s so much worse down in ____.”
– DO NOT GET PHYSICAL or take the law into your own hands. Your life—and finances—change forever downward if you start fights or violence toward anyone.
– REPORT *E*V*E*R*Y* SUBSTANTIAL CRIME! If/when an officer arrives, INSIST s/he take a report. If they will not write one, or argue or find reasons not to, KEEP POLITELY INSISTING. Per Capt. Eskridge and Off. Contreras, ask for their supervisor’s name and number. Go upstairs! It’s officers’ jobs to take reports on significant crimes. If no officer arrives, drive to Foothill Station and write it there. To phone in an anonymous report, call Foothill or your SLO and push for it.
The more we file accurate crime reports, the more Foothill Division proves to the city our need for more officers!
CALL, CALL, CALL LAPD: SAVE AND RELAY THESE NUMBERS!
– 911 for crime in progress or ANY threat to human life or safety
– Call Dispatch 877-ASKLAPD (877 275-5273)—or your SLO—for less urgent matters, e.g., nonviolent vagrant camped on sidewalk.
– Your SLO for non-emergencies, suspicious or dicey people, excess noise, illegal parking, speeders. TUJUNGA SLO: Gloria Caloca: (818) 634-0754, firstname.lastname@example.org SUNLAND SLO: Cesar Contreras: (818) 634-0705; email@example.com
– OTHER NON-EMERGENCIES: 877-ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)
– GANGS-DRUGS: Lt. Carlos Solano: 818-897-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org
– NARCOTICS, Det. Travis Coyle, 818-834-3136, email@example.com
– TRAFFIC ISSUES: Officer Joel Flores (818) 644-8142
– FOOTHILL STATION: 818- 756-8861, only for admin and follow-up
WHAT CAN LAPD DO BETTER?
We DO appreciate your work! Some could do better at SHOWING residents by their ACTIONS they’re on our side! Urge and require fellow officers to actively solicit and take reports of every substantial crime. URGE fellow officers to arrest whenever possible, especially repeat offenders; don’t just taxi them back to the Wash. Believe your residents more than the habitual liars who are criminals. Don’t tell residents “It’s much worse in ____!” Find ways to abbreviate your tedious work in inventorying vagrants’ junk. Stay safe and on your guard against criminals!
LAPD and we live in a stranglehold created by Prop. 47, AB 109, new soft-ondrugs laws, and a string of softhearted (but profitable to trial lawyers) lawsuits that rot society, encourage criminals, reduce our safety, and recruit kids into drugs and crime.
Without proof, LAPD cannot arrest a person after a minor assault because it soon drops into a “you-say/ they-say” dispute. They MAY be arrested after a report and later investigation. Theoretically, you can tell the offender you are executing a “Private Persons Arrest.” But you cannot restrain or lay hands on him/her.
LAPD’s “HOPE Team” The Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Evaluations team doesn’t respond to radio calls and rarely do enforcement except for open felony warrants. They work in schools and parks, reaching out to LAPD’s Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU), the VA, and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) for the homeless’ quality of life issues, cleanups and sanitation. They have done several cleanups in S-T recently.
Laura’s Law Is Little Help MANY mental health criteria and experts must intersect before an officer can invoke Laura’s Law to put a mental case into a “5150”—an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric hold: Only adult children, parents, law-enforcement officers and a few others can open a case. The person must be 18+ and present a serious mental health problem, have a history of treatment noncompliance, be unlikely to survive without help, have two mental health episodes within 3 years, and be likely to benefit from a subsequent outpatient program. It has been successful with 3 local people.
Audience members also voiced these needs:
– An LAPD station in S-T will speed arrests and paperwork
– A way to guarantee and expedite police reports get filed; e.g., a web site
– Better enforcement against legal and illegal marijuana shops
– Restraining orders MAY be useful against repeat offenders
Do the math: Many dissatisfactions with LAPD trace back to too few officers on our streets. Budget to put more officers on our streets is handed out proportionally to the need. The more we file honest reports on substantial crimes, the more we tell the City, “We need more officers!” The more we fail to file, the more we’re telling the City our need is smaller than it is.