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Speaking to AirTalk host Larry Mantle yesterday, LAPD Chief Michael Moore did a complete 180 when talking about a recent L.A. City Council proposal to send trained service providers like social workers and mental health experts to non-violent calls, rather than armed police officers. The proposal was a response to the presentation made to city council by leaders of Black Lives Matter-L.A on Monday.

Moore said he supported the proposal “100%,” and went so far as to suggest that the system could be funded by a cut of $150 million from LAPD’s budget.

“That would free officers up, and allow officers to stay focused on police work of major importance,” Moore told Roman. “It’d also allow officers more time, really spend more time in the communities.”

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Just last week, Moore seemed to oppose the cuts, saying that they would result in the elimination of hundreds of LAPD jobs.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Traffic Fatality: An SUV crashed into L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake this morning, killing one person who was riding by on a scooter and injuring two others.

Coronavirus Updates: State prisons will soon begin an early release policy for certain inmates who have six months or less of their sentence left to serve. A “warm line” for people 60 and up gives callers a safe space to talk about what they're seeing and experiencing when it comes to COVID-19.

Policing The Police: Several LAUSD board members will introduce resolutions at the group’s June 23 meeting calling for reforming, restructuring, or reducing funding for the L.A. School Police. LAPD Chief Moore says he supports "100%" the city council motion to redirect non-violent calls away from the police.

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Moviegoers leave an empty space between each car at the Paramount Drive-in. Drive-in theaters are back in style due to social distancing regulations.

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