INGLEWOOD – The city of Inglewood is closing out 2021 entangled in controversy over a second round of destroying certain police records.
Mayor James Butts is a former police officer, who appears to be having internal issues with the Inglewood Police Officers Association (IPOA).
IPOA declined to comment on the injunction filed by the ACLU preventing the City from destroying certain police records related to investigations of misconduct. The department has lost close to two dozen personnel in the last 18 months, due to either retirement or transferring to outside agencies
This is the second time the city has taken such an action, during the last city council meeting, the year prior to the law taking effect.
SB 1421 went into effect in Jan. 2020, and the last meeting of 2019, the city destroyed decades of documents related to police brutality/misconduct allegations and investigations.
In August 2020, the state legislature took caution and amended the law under SB 776, which placed a 30 year retention policy on certain police records to keep them from being destroyed.
Those same legislators, who voted in favor of SB 776 and are patting themselves on the back for implementing “police reform” laws, are eerily silent on what the Inglewood City Council is doing, in defiance of the reform spearheaded by Sen. Steve Bradford and Sydney Kamlager-Dove, and Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Mike Gipson, and Nate Holden.
If the Black Caucus’ narrative is “transparency” is the order of the day, why aren’t they calling for Butts’ head as they are Sheriff Alex Villanueva?
The caucus’ chosen candidate, Cecil Rhambo, is also silent on Inglewood’s attempt to destroy records, after they all endorsed his candidacy for Sheriff, but is running on a platform of “accountability and transparency”.
Isaac Bryan is quiet too.
Is Butts getting a pass because he’s Black or because he’s serving the will of their collective donors?