L.A. Metro Board Directors File Motion to Revise Agency’s Policing Policies

first_imgCommunity News L.A. Metro Board Directors File Motion to Revise Agency’s Policing Policies Gold Line could see new emergency-response model CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 3:29 pm 26 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newscenter_img Top of the News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Members of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors filed a motion Thursday for the agency to have alternative officials respond to incidents rather than armed law enforcement.The motion, co-sponsored by Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and county supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, urged Metro to develop policies for different responses to nonviolent crimes and other offenses.“Around the country and all over Los Angeles, people are re-imagining how to provide public safety,” Bonin said. “Metro needs to be at the forefront of that and make changes that assure that all of its passengers feel safe. That starts by acknowledging that we cannot rely on an armed police presence for every issue and we need smarter, more effective solutions.”Potential alternatives would include a transit ambassador program that provides staffed presence at Metro facilities and on Metro vehicles as well as social workers, mediators or mental health professionals.Bonin said jurisdictions around the country are considering similar approaches to public safety. Earlier this week, several of Bonin’s colleagues on the Los Angeles City Council called for a new emergency-response model that would have trained specialists, rather than police officers, respond to many types of calls, including those regarding homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues.Bonin and council members also proposed creating a Los Angeles Office of Violence Prevention.The motion directs Metro to develop the new policies and approaches in consultation with passengers and community members representative of the agency’s ridership.The councilman said it is “crucial” for Metro to make changes, given a history of complaints of racial bias in policy, particularly from younger Black people and Latinos.“For years, Metro has heard that its system of policing was making huge segments of its passengers feel less safe and feel threatened,” he said. “This is our moment to change that.”Bonin is also submitting motions, co-sponsored by Solis, in response to Metro’s decision to suspend passenger service on May 30, stranding many passengers in the middle of a curfew and a separate decision the same day to allow Metro buses to be used to transport detainees who had been arrested for curfew violations or failure to disperse during the protests.The motions call for new rules to prohibit the use of Metro vehicles for detainee transport and new protocols regarding suspensions of service.All three motions are expected to be considered by the full Metro Board of Directors at the board’s June 25 meeting. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img