Some LAPD Officers Take Aim at Chief Over Handling Of Black Lives Matter Protests
A vast majority of the LAPD officers who responded to a survey conducted by their labor union said Chief Michel Moore failed to provide strong leadership during the weeks of unrest in Los Angeles that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.
Almost 70% of the LAPD officers surveyed said the command staff was unprepared for the protests, and the police union's leader said some complained that commanders hesitated to make decisions out of fear of being demoted for harsh treatment of protesters -- even as many protesters accused the LAPD of excessive use of force.
Officers also complained about Chief Moore's decision to kneel with a group of people demonstrating in the Fairfax District, according to the police union. The survey was far from scientific -- about 27% of the department’s nearly 10,000 officers responded.
A class-action lawsuit filed by the National Lawyers Guild, Black Lives Matter and LA Community Action Network alleges officers used batons and less-than-lethal projectiles on peaceful demonstrators and placed arrestees in cramped conditions, potentially exposing them to coronavirus, all with the knowledge of the chief.
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