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).

Oh happy day!

Guess what? Starting today agendas for the meeting of the board of commissioners of the Los Angeles Police Department now include the name of the involved party and date on all officer-involved-shootings that are being discussed that day during closed session.

Agenda

I know right?

I’m guessing that after the fiasco that ensued in February when the commission was about to go into closed session to discuss the officers involved in the killing of Charly Leundeu Keunang, the 43-year-old homeless man known as “Brother Africa” on downtown LA’s Skid Row, they realized they can’t get away without telling the public—because someone will.  

I mean the commission tried their hardest to act oblivious at that meeting but in the end had to admit that yes, they were going to be discussing Africa’s shooting.  Hell–the news media didn’t even know–but the public did.  I’m just saying. Classic.

Now I am sure the Los Angeles Police Protective League aka the PPL aka the League aka the union that represents the rank-and-file officers in the Los Angeles Police Department will have something to say about this–as they should if they’re on their j–o-b.  However, it’s already a done dada.  The public has a right to know when the police commission is going into closed session to discuss one of the many controversial officer-involved-shootings that take place in this city.

As someone who makes it her business to help the LAPD with its transparency issue and truthfulness, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a small step, but it’s a step nonetheless in the direction of transparency and kudos to the police commission for taking it.