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).
Since the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is so worried about who my sources are, I’m going to help them out on this one story only. The source of today’s information is courtesy of Jennifer Waxler of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Yes, you can thank Ms. Waxler for what you are about to read, lol.
By way of background, I am still in the discovery process phase of my case—a case that I will update you on in another post shortly. As part of a motion filed by my attorney and granted by the Court the City Attorney’s Office was compelled to turn over certain information. That information included a stack of unit logs pertaining to November 26, 2014. November 26th was the date that all hell broke loose in downtown Los Angeles after the LAPD swooped in and started arresting everything with a heartbeat in the vicinity of 6th and Hope Streets during what the Department referred to as the Ferguson Protests or Fergie.
Now while none of the unit logs or anything else for that matter handed over by the City Attorney’s Office had anything whatsoever to do with me or my case—one particular sergeant’s reporting of an incident earned my interest.
Early on the morning of November 26th before the afternoon and evening Ferguson protests got underway, a group of seven Black Lives Matter Los Angeles activists took to the 101 freeway and basically shut it down in the middle of the morning rush hour.
A Sergeant Tavares was the unit leader that morning for a motor unit assigned to assist in the arrest of the activists on the freeway.
According to Sergeant Tavares’ notes on his unit log submitted to his commanding officer and the Department’s chain of command, he was deployed to the 101 freeway at Alvarado Street to assist with the arrest of “7 freeway freaks.”
Those “7 freeway freaks” were Black Lives Matter activists protesting police misconduct, brutality and killings of Black people.
Now I know that many of you may or may not agree with the tactics of what Black Lives Matter Los Angeles activists did that morning—I don’t always agree with the strategies and types of demonstrations carried out by activists either, but that’s neither here nor there.
What is the public supposed to think when this is how police officers openly refer to activists in internal documents? Documents that are themselves subject to review by a chain of command where apparently no one saw anything wrong with Sergeant Tavares’ description of the Black Lives Matter activists. A document that Deputy City Attorney Jennifer Waxler either didn’t read before she handed it over or didn’t find anything wrong with as she is the prosecuting attorney on all of the Black Lives Matter activist’s cases.
Even more troubling is that this document is sent to FEMA to get federal dollars to help cover the cost of having additional officers on the street including overtime pay during unusual occurrences such as riots, large mass demonstration, etc. So yes—the Angelenos are literally paying for police officers like Sergeant Tavares to refer to them as “freeway freaks.”
This is a perfect example of the us vs. them mentality. Everyone who causes the police to respond to a location is not a lowlife and officers shouldn’t be arriving on the scene with negative biases about the people who caused them to be there and if they do they should keep it to themselves.
The fact that this supervisor felt that he could write that on a report and submit it with no repercussions speaks volumes about everyone who received a copy of this report and said nothing about the sergeant’s description of the activists.
This does not reflect the new and improved LAPD that Police Chief Charlie Beck is always going on and on about. This doesn’t add to my warm fuzzy feelings about community relations between the police and the policed. When officers can submit reports unashamedly referring to activists as “freaks” and it’s not caught until after a city attorney turns it over in discovery—Houston Los Angeles we have a problem.
Complaints should be filed against a whole lot of people. I’d start with the sergeant who wrote the description, everyone in the Los Angeles Police Department who received a copy of this unit log and didn’t say anything. I’d file a complaint against the genius in the discovery section of the LAPD that gave the documents to the genius in the City Attorney’s Office who handed over something she either hadn’t read or didn’t see anything wrong with. I mean she is after all the prosecutor on their cases so who knows, maybe she thinks they are “freeway freaks” too.
It’s a clear-cut case of conduct unbecoming and discrimination under the power of authority. I’d probably throw in making rude and discourteous comments, because unlike with Sergeant Jim Parker and actress Daniele Watts—where Watts was the verbally abusive one and not Parker—calling activists “freeway freaks” on an official police activity log is actually both rude, discourteous. I’d add that it’s false and misleading too because I’ve seen no evidence that any of the activists arrested that morning on the freeway were persons, animals, or plants with unusual physical abnormalities—the common definition of a freak.
At any rate, I think that Chief Beck and Sergeant Tavares owe 7 people an apology. This is exactly the reason why people feel some type of way about the police.