Normandie and Florence revisited on the 18th Anniversary of the L.A. Civil Unrest. Features Molly Bell, Straight Out of Compton.
I think the LAPD needs to revisit its community policing model.
I say that because on Thursday evening I joined my fellow brothers and sisters in commemorating the 18th anniversary of the 1992 LA Civil Unrest on the corner of Normandie and Florence Avenue. What started off as a gathering of concerned members of the community speaking on the ongoing issues relating to Black people in Los Angeles turned into us being surrounded and watched by the LAPD. So much so, that I actually felt uncomfortable with the way they were watching us from every corner as if they were expecting us to re-enact April 29, 1992 or they just wanted to provoke us into action. I’m not sure which.
This was done entirely on purpose. I know that when the LAPD wants to be covert, they can be covert. No, they intentionally let us know they were there and that they were watching us. But why?
Anyone paying any attention would have noticed the grandmothers, mothers, brothers and sisters gathered on the corner were not there to set it off. Anyone listing to the voices of the many community activists who spoke over the PA system clearly would have heard that we were there in the spirit of community and love for our people. Sure the majority of the group has no love for the LAPD, occasionally someone shouted ‘fuck the pigs,’ and didn’t shed one tear over former chief Daryl Gates, but that’s beside the point. We have the right to gather in our community without the threat of being watched from every angle by the LAPD. WTF is up with that?
Shout outs to Molly Bell, Vicky Lindsey, CP, and everyone else who came out to celebrate us and stress the message that 18 years later, we still have work to do.