Advertisement

Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, July 02, 2020

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved the first step in a plan to replace Los Angeles Police Department officers with community-based, unarmed emergency responders for non-violent calls for service.

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

Let's see. Have the police ever encountered someone armed involving
1. neighbor dispute.
2. drug abuse.
3. mental health.

Maybe someone fell and can't get up.
Need help taking the groceries to their car.
Help them across the street - if willing.

Good luck in defining a non-violet situation that guarantees a non-violent reaction.

What's next? Domestic dispute? School fight? Won't wear a face mask during pandemic?

#1 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-07-01 04:23 PM | Reply

#1

If they add domestic disputes to this list some "community responder" is going to get killed.

#2 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-07-01 04:36 PM | Reply

some "community responder" is going to get killed.

Thanks, Second Amendment!

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-01 04:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The police get called when things are out of control, they are usually the last resort, unless it's a Karen who's calling because she doesn't think AAs should be on her street.

The hope is that with Community Responders, the parents of the kid with mental health problems won't wait until he's in full meltdown before calling, and then with the help of the responders can avoid the meltdown where he might turn violent. Make no mistake, the police will still accompany the Community Responders on a lot of calls, like verbal domestics for example, just to make sure things are safe, before turning the floor over to the Community Responders to try to work some magic.

Sending a 21-year-old kid with a high school diploma and six months of police training into a mental health meltdown call or a domestic violence call and expecting a good result has always seemed like you're setting the kid up to fail. When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, but in society a lot of problems require a different tool and a different approach.

Since the 90s, we have robbed from community based programs in order to fund the police, but now we find that the police have no solutions to issues like mental health, drug addiction, homelessness, yet these are the biggest drivers of calls for police. Giving some of the police money back to these other programs so that there are actually RESOURCES for people in crisis is exactly what we need at this time.

#4 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-07-02 03:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Since the 90s, we have robbed from community based programs in order to fund the police, but now we find that the police have no solutions to issues like mental health, drug addiction, homelessness, yet these are the biggest drivers of calls for police. Giving some of the police money back to these other programs so that there are actually RESOURCES for people in crisis is exactly what we need at this time.

#4 | POSTED BY _GUNSLINGER_ AT 2020-07-02 03:26 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1: Agree with much of what you say, with the exception of 'robbed community based programs as throughout the country there were police forces long before any developed 'community based programs' so disagree with 'robbed' as each has their own funding for differing purposes.

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-07-02 05:24 PM | Reply

#5 maybe "Robbed" is too strong of a word, but when budgets get tight and funding is cut, it always comes from the community based programs first, and from police budgets last. When times are good, the money always goes to police budgets first and community based programs last. Wealthy folks love the cops, because they protect their property and encourage more money for the police. Today, the police are bigger and better funded than at any time in history. I think we can afford to take a step back, order fewer tanks and less riot gear and properly fund some social workers, MHPs, housing for the homeless, beds for rehab and for mental health treatment, etc.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-07-02 07:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Community Responders:
1. Wellness checks
2. Noise complaints
3. Reconnaissance for investigators and process servers

#7 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-07-02 08:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Re #1&2

Oh noes!

It will never work!

It's too risky!

Ok. Thanks Eeyore.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-03 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2020 World Readable

Drudge Retort