LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to have a chief administrator develop an unarmed team to respond to nonviolent 911 calls.
The motion here in Los Angeles was introduced by several council members in June at the height of our civil unrest.
This follows the nationwide movement by civil rights activists to defund the police.
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The council approved the motion 14-0, saying that a different response is needed for people who may be suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues.
"It has become more apparent that unnecessarily dispatching armed police officers to incidents that do not require their presence oftentimes escalates situations to a dangerous and unnecessary level," said Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.
The city is looking to partner with a nonprofit to develop the team of specially trained, unarmed responders for nonviolent calls. Los Angeles will become the first big city to develop such a pilot program.
NIMOUSLY AGREED TO GO AHEAD AND DEVELOP AN UNARMED TEAM TO RESPOND TO NON VIOLENT POLICE CALLS...
IT'LL BE A MENTAL HEALTH COMPONENT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT CITY COUNCILMAN HERB WESSON SAYS WILL DEAL WITH A NUMBER OF ISSUES...
In: dealing with individuals that suffer from mental health challenges. Homeless individuals, individuals under the influence of some substance.
SO WILL THIS WORK-SOME COMMUNITY LEADERS WE'VE REACHED OUT TO SAY THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION..
EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON/
In: it's a holistic approach. Where you bring in a partnership as a team together to solve and diffuse a potential problem. Unfortunately when we see these problems come up we see violence , we see the loss of life or injury, that helps no one..
THE ACTION THE L.A. CITY COUNCIL TOOK TODAY,, FALLS ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GEORGE FLOYDS'S 47TH BIRTHDAY... AFTER PROTESTS AND A LOT OF TALK BETWEEN CITY HALL AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR-Los Angeles BECOMES THE FIRST BIG CITY TO START DEVELOPING A PILOT PROGRAM TO SEND A TEAM OF UNARMED, SPECIALLY TRAINED MEN AND WOMEN TO RESPOND TO NON-VIOLENT AND MENTAL HEALTH CALLS..
NURY MARTINEZ/COUNCIL PRESIDENT
In: in this complicated era, we need to make sure that we are doing it in a responsible, ethical and compassionate way...
In: these are people in distress, and they deserve to have an unarmed response . It helps to redefine what public safety in our city is all about..
Sid Garcia/ABC7 EYEWITNESS NEWS
In: here's what happens next , the city will look for a non profit partner to develop an unarmed response team. no time table has been set yet as to when this team is expected to hit the streets. Reporting from downtown Los Angeles, I'm Sid Garcia/abc7 eyewitness news..
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