We were all horrified and sickened by the actions of the Minneapolis police officers who killed George Floyd. Conduct such as demonstrated there and elsewhere that targets persons of color in particular, but in general, all persons who are targeted and mistreated need to be condemned, rooted out and stopped.
The City Council has scheduled a special ‘virtual’ council meeting (because we currently are unable to meet face to face in the council chambers) at 7 pm Monday June 15, 2020 to discuss the “police department policies and budget and to provide additional direction to manager and/or chief of police as appropriate”.
No one really knows that this means. No one knows what the Council intends to discuss or what direction it may give to the city manager and chief of police. We have an outstanding police department. One that deserves to be recognized for the job it does when it does good and needs to be criticized if it does bad. There is every reason to examine policies, training, tactics and recruiting and identify what areas relating to the police need to be addressed, what problems with policing, real or perceived exist and how best to go about correcting them.
I submit that a virtual meeting, let alone one held on short electronic notice is hardly the right forum to discuss issues as important as the police department policies. If you don’t have a computer and are not subscribed to Culver City’s email notifications, you probably don’t even know about the meeting.
Decisions of this magnitude require input and deliberation. We need open discussion with direction and decisions coming after careful deliberation. The community should be informed. The community should have sufficient time to think. The community should have an opportunity to participate in the discussion.
Former elected members of the City Council, such as Ed Wolkowitz, Jeff Cooper, Jim Clarke, Jozelle Smith, knowing how important community input is, have gone on record requesting the Council take the time our community needs time to consider and discuss our future. As monumental as decisions relating to public safety are, with its potential impacts to residents and businesses on community safety and security. We encourage you to contact your city council members by phone or email and make your voices heard on Monday evening and ask them to engage the community in a dialogue and not at an online meeting.
The members of the Council can be reached as follows:
Former councilmember/former mayor