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).
This week is getting off to a busy start for Angelinos.
Thursday will mark the two-year anniversary of the killing of Ezell Ford by the LAPD in South Los Angeles. Also on Thursday the family of Richard Risher, also killed by the LAPD, will lay him to rest. Risher will join Ford at the Inglewood Park Cemetery.
Today, “Orange is the New Black” and “How to Get Away with Murder” actor Matt McGorry will join the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLMLA), White People for Black Lives and Asian Pacific Islanders (API) for Black Lives in delivering over 9,000 petitions to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office calling for the immediate firing of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. The group will meet at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall East on day 28 of BLMLA’s 24/7 encampment since the Los Angeles Police Commission’s opinionized that a LAPD officer did not violate the Department’s deadly-force policy in the shooting of Redel Jones, a 30-year-old black woman killed in August 2015. The commission’s ruling came a week after two high-profile shootings — Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana — sparked protests across the country. Lisa Hines, the mother of 36-year-old Wakiesha Wilson was found dead in her LAPD jail cell back in April under suspicious circumstances as well as television personality Tanika Ray will also join McGorry and BLMLA in delivering the petitions. The petition can be read here.
Garcetti has said on numerous occasions that he stands behind Chief Beck and has no intentions on firing him.