Can I pose this question to you and your readers?
How do you achieve real police “reform” if the basic mechanisms implemented to achieve said reform isn’t executed?
If you peel back the layers of the Inglewood Police Department, to those in the know ,the department is an organization in disarray in which one can reasonably argue is teetering on the verge of insolvency. With Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta missing in action (as usual) he typically surrenders his day to day duties to the “De Facto” Police Chief Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts which isn’t what taxpayers are paying him in excess of $400,000 per year to do.
With that being said, the notion that “all is well” as Mayor Butts and the council proudly proclaims is blatantly false and although one would be hard pressed to argue there are many positive developments in the the City, one must seriously assess their ability to handle success and whether Mayor Butts likes and/or appreciates this concept, the strength of law enforcement and its relationship with Inglewood residents and/or visitors is paramount to Inglewood’s success.
It would behoove the Mayor and Council to restart Inglewood Police Oversight meetings to provide the residents and general public alike a Police department that’s not only held accountable by its elected officials but also it’s citizens.
Should we be surprised by the City’s benign neglect to.carry out its basic fiduciary duties to establish a Police Department that’s worthy of the respect of its citizens and residents?
Some would argue the lack of transparency is by design and supported by a lawsuit recently filed by the ACLU accusing the Inglewood Police Department of failure to provide police records in a timely manner as required by the California Public Records Act and Senate Bill 1421 granting the public access to police disciplinary records. Instead of providing them to the public as required by law, the City tried to shred the documents. Ironically, when the Long Beach police department got rid of theirs the ACLU said nothing.
If we’re being real, Inglewood Police Department has chronically and historically violated the rights of people it has encountered and although this statement isn’t an indictment on the department as a whole it is far beyond time that the Council, along with the Police commission (if they’re ever allowed to meet) do some deep internal self evaluation and resume in person commission meetings as justice and real Police reform calls for.
In closing, the fact that a member of IPD reached out to you to give their synopsis of what transpired in their most recent killing of a citizen should raise suspicion as a way to control the narrative that the young man was deserving of his killing for allegedly taking an officer’s gun out of his holster.
One, how was a citizen able to commandeer an officer’s gun, and two how do we know this is factual? Say what you want about LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva but his deputies have body worn cameras just as LAPD does. Officers in nearby cities, including Long Beach don’t.
I wonder why? How much is this shooting gonna cost us?
We have a handful of candidates challenging the mayor’s and Councilman’s seat this coming November, particularly one who’s touting their success as holding the “largest police protest” in the City but they fall short on calling for real reform by demanding officers have body worn cameras affixed to their uniform when patrolling the streets. In fact, none of the candidates are vocal about anything other than the school district.
These candidates are a joke and need to go back to the drawing board and the residents need to demand these meetings resume. This body hasn’t met since 2016 which obviously indicates the council has something to hide.