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Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Approves Plan To Replace Police Officers With Trained Crisis Responders For Nonviolent Calls

Not only is Los Angeles defunding the police—it was also announced that the city will replace police with unarmed community-based responders for nonviolent calls. It was a move that was unanimously approved by the city council.

Calls that qualify for community-based responses are neighbor disputes, substance abuse and mental health crises. These will all be handled by people who are trained crisis responders.

Mayor Garcetti stated,

“We must act to reform public safety in our communities — and today, we took an important step forward, thanks to Councilmember @CMHerbJWesson, Council President @CD6Nury and our City Council. We will keep working together to change how we respond to nonviolent 911 calls.”

We must act to reform public safety in our communities — and today, we took an important step forward, thanks to Councilmember @CMHerbJWesson, Council President @CD6Nury and our City Council. We will keep working together to change how we respond to nonviolent 911 calls.

— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 1, 2020

As reported by The Grio, the new system 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.

This plan is the first of its kind in a major U.S. city.

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