We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
Transparency Tuesday did not get off to a good start this week.
One week after the Los Angeles Police Commission’s October 11th meeting where it was announced with great pomp and circumstance that the Los Angeles Police Department was going to attempt yet again to be more transparent and accountable to the public, the department and commission has failed to publish the video from said meeting.
In front of an audience that included one member of the public, the Police Commission discussed and voted to take additional steps to be more transparent and forthcoming with public information. This in addition to adopting recommendations for new changes to the department’s use of force policies and training. Issues that have been at the heart and center of the protests of the activists and groups who attend these meetings week after week.
But what was missing from most if not all of the press that followed last week’s meeting was the fact that only one member of the public was in attendance when the meeting finally reconvened after recessing to closed session. Members of the public claim they were barred from reentering the meeting and thus did not get to offer ANY public comment on the inspector general’s recommendations and report.
Now a week later, the meeting itself hasn’t been posted. The meetings aren’t live streamed and few people opt to listen to the meetings via phone–they can last three hours or more.
You would think with the thousands of people employed by the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles that if one person went on vacation, the ship could stay afloat–but apparently not because here we are a week later and the meeting still hasn’t been posted.
Who needs fancy schmancy mobile apps when they can’t even live stream a public meeting and now apparently they can’t even post the video of one either if one member of the team goes on vacay.
The Police Commission needs to get it together.
Instead of focusing on mobile apps and paying the public lip service about how transparency and accountability is on the way, live stream the meetings of the police commission already, post the unedited video of the meetings within 24 hours of the meeting ending and for God’s sake–when you can’t upload the video in a timely manner send out a notice explaining why and when it will be uploaded. Remember this is about transparency and accountability and right about now you’re lacking both. Of all of the meetings, last week’s meeting was not the one to drop the ball on and it shouldn’t take public outcry for you to realize the error of your ways.
The meeting was posted mid-morning on Wednesday, October 19th.
Questions, gripes and complaints?
Mr. Richard Tefank
Los Angeles Police Commission