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Los Angeles City Council moves forward with plan to replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls

July 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure to develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls.

(CNN)The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure to develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls.

The model will be developed by the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) and the City Administrative Officer (CAO), with assistance from the Los Angeles Police Department and the city's Housing Services Authority, officials said.

The vote comes after activists in Los Angeles -- led by the city's Black Lives Matter chapter -- for weeks repeated the same call to action voiced by many nationwide following the May death of George Floyd: Defund the police.

Wesson, who was the first Black president of the Los Angeles City Council, said police have gone from part of the solution to part of the problem and "may not be best equipped" to respond to non-emergency situations.

"We agree with Councilmember Wesson that not every call our city leaders have asked us to respond to should be a police response," Tom Saggau, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), told CNN in a statement on June 16.

Last week, members of the city council in Minneapolis -- where Floyd was killed -- moved to dismantle its police force and replace it with a department of community safety and violence prevention.

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