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).
I’m telling you all of this having grieving families reduced to trotting downtown to the police commission just to get some sort answers is getting as tired as no one from the department being in touch with the families of those killed by officers or those who are “found” dead while in custody.
The latest mother to have to go before the police commission begging for answers is Lisa Hines, the mother of Wakiesha Wilson who as legend has it committed suicide on March 27 while in custody of the LAPD. Today is April 26 and as Ms. Hines mentioned, she hasn’t had one single phone call, email, piece of mail or anything in the way of an update regarding the investigation into the death of her only daughter from the LAPD. Now remember that this is the same department that also didn’t bother to notify her that Ms. Wilson had died. No, that bit of bad news she called around and eventually got from the coroner. Yes, the coroner.
All of it’s problematic and listening to her speak at today’s police commission meeting reminded me so much of Ezell Ford’s mother Tritobia Ford who had a similar complaint. This is so endemic of this police department. It really is.
Just like the department is trying to reevaluate how it “notifies” the next of kin of those who die while in their custody, they need to put that Community Relationship Division to some good use and develop a team that only handles the families of high profile cases involving officer-involved-shootings and in custody deaths. The Department’s liaisons if you well. Community, relationship–I think you get the point. At the very least, have someone call and say “we’re still investigating ma’am.” Anything so that we don’t have to hear another crying mother talk about how no one from the LAPD has called her to tell her anything about the death of her child. That ish is getting ridiculous and if I were Chief Beck with almost 10,000 employees including a good number hiding in the building that need something worthwhile to do, I’d be embarrassed. But that’s me.