As part of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, members of the Socialist Party Los Angeles participated in the Peoples' Truth Roundtable event at LAPD Headquarters in Los Angeles.

About the event (from the event organizers): "We are having this event because by design and purpose, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners continue failing to acknowledge and address police violence, the war on youth, the growing architecture of surveillance, spying and infiltration, and the over-saturation of police in the Downtown Skid Row community. Time and time again, members of the community have presented their case to the LA Police Commission, expecting investigations, accountability, and exposure of these structural problems impacting our communities. Most recently, to further silence the community, LA Police Commission issued an administrative order to ban the public from the LA Board of Police Commissioners meetings, if the community becomes "disruptive." Ironically, the LA Police Commissioners have given themselves the sole power to decide what constitutes public disruption. This is the antithesis of the purpose of the Police commission. The Police Commission is suppose to be the voice of the community. However, there has been no attempt by the Commissioners to reach out in any meaningful way to the individuals present at these meetings. Instead, the community, is being painted as individuals who are unruly and disrespectful.

At the People's Truth Roundtable, we will hold a space for impacted communities to provide testimony, research and analysis, and solutions on addressing the impact of state violence and the failure of the Police Commission. The community will demonstrate what it means to listen, understand and take action on people's issues.

People’s Agenda – Public Input Matters
i. Testimonies - Families and individuals who have been directly impacted by police violence
ii. Growing architecture Surveillance/Spying/Infiltration
iii. War on Youth - Gang Databases, Gang Injunctions/School to Jail Track
iv. Oversaturated Policing - Safer Cities Initiative in Downtown Skid Row community"
 


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