In case you missed it this morning, Los Angeles Police Protective League president Tyler Izen was a guest on the Front Page with Dominique DiPrima on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH.
Izen discussed the union’s quest for higher salaries and improved working conditions for the 9,900 rank-and-file officers it represents. Izen also discussed why the Los Angeles Police Department’s unfair disciplinary process has contributed to low morale among their ranks.
On the issue of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s YouTube video on contract negotiations
“The Mayor has helped me more than he knows. It has rallied my membership in ways that I don’t think he realizes. They were further insulted by his comments. My membership agrees with the vast majority of what he said which is paying overtime is the right thing to do and making sure that our youngest officers are paid the same as their peers who started before 2010 is the right thing to do. And he’s absolutely right about the fact that when Los Angeles needs something they turn to the Los Angeles police officers and ask them for it and we rise to the occasion every time. But now they’re looking and saying now things are getting better and we gave you a loan, pay back your loan.”
Now, I’m not sure where you fall on this issue, but I’m clear where I stand. I’ve said it before, and I have no problem saying it again.
LAPD officers are paid less than officers from neighboring cities and we all know that the LAPD deals with the crème de la crème of criminals and your garden variety of citizens. Again, for those not in the know I point you to @LAPDScanner on Twitter. Honestly, following @LAPDScanner is enough to make you want to stay in the house and never come out.
While I’m clear that the community has its issues with law enforcement, and usually rightfully so, this isn’t about that.
This is about fairly compensating the men and women who come to your rescue when your man (or woman) is beating your ass, someone has broken into your house and is still there lurking just behind the door, bullets are being shot at you from the car in the next lane, or some dude has just held you up at gunpoint.
It’s not a job everyone can do, it’s not job many of us even want to do and for the men and women who do do it, they should be paid fairly. Paying cops a living wage that is comparable to their counterparts in a city that has some of the most heinous and oddly creative crime in the country has nothing to do with how we as a community feel about our relationship with law enforcement but more to do with remembering that in a real emergency we call 911 and expect them to come and save the day. I know I do.
So yes, we need to keep working on our treatment by cops and our relationship with them as a community, that struggle definitely continues and we will continue to hold them accountable when situations arise.
But know this. It’s not that damn safe to me now in parts of Los Angeles and that’s with cops working. So if the day should ever came that cops in L.A. walk off the job for any reason, don’t come looking for Jasmyne because she won’t be around.