On Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles City Council approved legislature that will create an unarmed crisis response team that would take the place of police officers as responders for nonviolent calls, like mental health crises, substance abuse and noise complaints.
The task force was put together by the Chief Legislative Analyst, the City Administrative Officer the LAPD and Housing Services Authority. It will be modeled after a crisis intervention team called CAHOOTS, a community based policing partnership from Eugene Oregon.
Council President Nury Martinez brought the motion to the council. He commented, saying:
“The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities.”
The new ordinance comes as a result of demonstrators from the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter protesting for weeks — chanting, “Defund the police”