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LA Progressive joins our many allies in urging Los Angeles voters to reject Charter Amendment C in the May 16th election.

Measure C

As our colleagues at the ACLU of Southern California put it, Measure C “would tilt the makeup of the 'Board of Rights'—the disciplinary review board for LAPD officers—to include only those shown to be most lenient towards officers, shielding guilty officers from suspension, demotion or firing.”

At first blush, progressives who want a police department more responsive to the communities it's supposed to serve would want to cheer that move, right?

Currently, these three-member Boards are composed of two LAPD officers with a rank of captain or higher and one civilian picked from a pool assembled by the Police Commission's executive director.

Measure C would let accused officers choose between one of these traditional panels or an all-civilian panel.

At first blush, progressives who want a police department more responsive to the communities it's supposed to serve would want to cheer that move, right?

But there's a reason a Los Angeles Times editorial condemning the measure says that “seldom have city officials been so sly in their effort to slip something so noxious past L.A. voters.”

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That's because the City Council would select the members of these all-civilian panels. There's no way to know whether police-friendly community members would pack the panels, to the exclusion of police reformers and community activists. In the absence of language to address that concern, we can guess which way those choices would be made.

And that's because the police union—the Los Angeles Police Protective League—strongly supports the measure, after finding that civilians have been much more lenient on accused officers than senior police officers.

We all want stronger, more effective civilian oversight of the LAPD, but Measure C is not the way to get there.

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We urge LA Progressive readers to join the ACLU, Black Lives Matter—Los Angeles, Community Coalition, LA Community Action Network, League of Women Voters and United Teachers Los Angeles, to vote NO on C.

Turnout in this off-off-off cycle election is sure to be light, so your support will be critical.

Go to the #NoOnC if you'd like to learn more and help defeat this noxious proposal.

Dick Price, Editor