A video produced and posted on Facebook by the Culver City Police Officer’s Association on August 13, 2020 is a textbook example of social media propaganda; false statements, unsupportable equivalencies and pictures posted of alleged villains. The supposed wrongdoing? Having opinions that the CCPOA does not like.
The video uses a standard style of over-reach that might be amusing if it were not so overtly threatening.
Opening with an attack on the Culver City Action Network, a local group who have worked for the last three years to educate people about their legal rights in regard to education, immigration status, and rent policies, they have often used town-hall style conversations about community connection. Pre-pandemic, they were renting local school auditoriums as meeting space, and all of these meetings were well publicized and open to all.
The unidentified voice over that asks “Who is the Culver City Action Network? Why do they continuously put out false narratives about the Culver City Police Department?” reflects absurdly in reverse. Representatives of the CCAN have met with the Culver City Police Department on a number of occasions, discussing policies for sanctuary ( after the city council passed the law) and the pilot program for drones ( still in process by the department.) To pretend that this is a group of anonymous interlopers is, in fact, a false narrative.
The villains whose faces are posted in the video are CCUSD School Board member Dr. Kelly Kent, and her father John Kent, whose crimes seem to be having thoughts, conversations and hashtags posted that are not what the CCPOA thinks they should be. That the CCPOA considers Dr. Kent using a hashtag on FB to be a sign of some sort of subversive connection is extreme over-reach.
“I was wondering,” said Dr. Kent in a brief phone interview, ” what do school boards members do if they feel they can’t call the police for help?” she acknowledge that she had recently had security cameras installed at her residence, something she said “I wish I didn’t feel like I had to do. But I did.”
Kent has stated she is not member of CCAN. Adding her to a video that seems to be focused on CCAN seems nonsensical. Every other school board member who is not involved with CCAN could be featured as well.
So, who is the Culver City Police Officers Association? A police union, authorized to negotiate with the city on behalf of the department in regard to pay and benefits. Why would they be in the business of creating Facebook videos using such easily debunked methods of spreading misinformation on social media?
Requests to the CCPD for information have not as of yet, been returned. A message on Facebook to the CCPOA has also not received a response.
With a community meeting already scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2020, the CCPD is doing just what one would hope and expect a police department to do; conduct outreach and find ways to discuss the concerns of the community in the midst of this national conversation on changing the role of police departments.
What the CCPOA is doing is damaging the reputation of the department they are supposedly defending by using such unsupportable tactics online.
To connect with Thursday’s online CCPD meeting, go to (content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CACULVER/bulletins/29a1c6a?reqfrom=share)