L.A. Mayor questions LAPD's handling of police shootings

FILE - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the official ribbon cutting of the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo credit JC Olivera/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Standing alongside Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore, Mayor Eric Garcetti said public safety must always be the city’s main priority. As such, he’s ordered a review of the police department’s “out-of-policy” shootings.

“Quite often the chief, this department, supports discipline, we as political leaders looking at the evidence do as well, but the outcomes aren’t there,” Garcetti said during a Thursday press conference.

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“I’m interested in how this contrasts with the board of rights appeal process, so that we can ensure accountability and have a clear understanding of whether the board of process is fair, just and representative of all the people of Los Angeles.”

Garcetti went on to say that preliminary findings by the inspector general indicate that the current all-civilian board of rights structure “is too lenient” and said he supports the reform of the board and finding those numbers and the statistics.

He acknowledged that his remarks come just weeks after the shooting death of a 14-year-old in North Hollywood, who was killed by an LAPD officer during a response to 911 calls on an assault in a clothing store.

Leading up to the discussion on discipline for LAPD officers, Garcetti noted that there was a 37% increase in officer-involved shootings over the last year.

“The fact that most people in these incidents did not have guns though…has led us to step back to work with our commission, our council  and our chief to put fresh eyes on what we are doing.”

Garcetti said he’s also asked police commission leaders and the department to reexamine LAPD’s use of force policy and be candid in identifying problems that need to be addressed.

In addition to examining out of policy shootings and use of force policies, Garcetti said the chief is working to supplement officer training - developing “scenario-based” training “dedicated to incidents involving weapons other than firearms and incidents involving mental illness.”

All, Garcetti said to address pitfalls and better protect the people of Los Angeles. To watch Garcetti's full remarks, click here.

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