A Zoom meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission has descended into chaos after being flooded by callers demanding the police chief's resignation.&
A Zoom meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission has descended into chaos after being flooded by callers demanding the police chief’s resignation.
Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles chapter, which has organized protests there, urged its followers to call in, and they did by the hundreds.
Within minutes of the meeting’s start, it had reached its 500-person limit, and proceedings were delayed as furious residents clamored to speak their minds.
After a 40-minute delay, the meeting opened with comment from LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who said that protests had escalated into widespread looting and attacks on officers in the downtown and Fairfax areas in recent nights.
Arrestees in Los Angeles are loaded onto a sheriffs bus to be taken to jail as large numbers of people are arrested after a curfew went into effect on Monday night
‘There were reports of individuals who believe officers used excessive force or misconduct. I want to assure you that we will investigate each complaint, and I promise to hold accountable anyone who violates our policy or commits other misconduct,’ Moore said.
Moore also apologized for comments he made Monday during a news conference, in which he said those ‘capitalizing’ on the protests have the death of George Floyd ‘on their hands.’
‘I understand that there are those that are not able to accept my apology,’ Moore said. ‘I’m hopeful that my words and deeds, as well as those in our department, will show others the genuineness of our intentions, our values and our beliefs.’
The Zoom meeting of the LA Police Commission went on for more than 5 hours on Tuesday
Police are blurred as they ride on a vehicle during demonstrations over George Floyd’s death on Monday in Los Angeles
Demonstrators walk along the 110 Freeway during a protest Tuesday in Los Angeles
The meeting then opened to public comment, with each participant allowed up to two minutes to speak their mind.
For hours during the comment portion, angry residents lashed out at the police department and demanded the firing or resignation of Moore.
Among the comments were: ‘Shame on you,’ ‘ignorant,’ ‘unacceptable,’ ‘disgusting,’ ‘despicable.’
Many of the callers were audibly emotional, cursing as they demanded Moore be removed.
Protesters kneel in front of police along Hollywood Boulevard during a peaceful demonstration over George Floyds death on Tuesday in Los Angeles
Protesters are detained by police before being arrested for a curfew violation in the Hollywood area while peacefully demonstrating over George Floyds death on Monday
They voiced frequent demands for the LAPD to be entirely defunded and disbanded.
One caller blasted the department for using tear gas to break up crowds during the pandemic, saying that it could irritate respiratory symptoms.
Several voiced disgust at the commission members for appearing distracted or looking at their phones during the comment portion.
The calls dragged on for more than five hours, with the meeting still ongoing at 3pm PT.