Multiple protests were held in the city of Inglewood on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Inglewood Mayor James Butts spoke at two scheduled events: one at City Hall in the memory of Kevin Wicks who was killed by Inglewood Police Department officers in 2008 and another at the Forum by the #Divine9 and organized by a former Board of Supervisors candidate to give Black greek members a platform to “speak”.
The city of Inglewood spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on law enforcement services that included Inglewood PD, Hawthorne PD, L.A. County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol to control and monitor the events. Unbeknownst to residents, taxpayers paid for more than law enforcement services.
The city’s Earth Day Festival was originally scheduled for April of this year and due to the COVID-19 pandemic it never took place. The city council neither publicly cancelled the event nor rescheduled it, however, a March 2020 warrant register showed radio jock Guy Black, from KJLH, was paid $6,000 to emcee the event despite it not taking place. It is unknown if that money was returned to taxpayers or why he was paid before services were officially rendered.
On this week’s warrant register, set to be approved on July 7, 2020, regular city council meeting, Guy Black will receive $4,900 from taxpayers, for emceeing the protest held at the Forum, despite the event not being put on the agenda for council approval or more importantly, disclosed to residents.
2UrbanGirls spoke with the #Divine9 protest organizer Sharis Rhodes, who ran a campaign for Board of Supervisors on “transparency” who suggested that “common sense” should tell Inglewood residents that since the Earth Day festival didn’t take place, funds were shifted so that members of fraternities and sororities would have a place to congregate.
Mayor Butts could not be reached for comment on whether the event had the proper city permits and when the event were agendized for “shifting” funds from the Earth Day event to protests. He also had no comment on why Guy Black received nearly $11,000 to emcee an official and unofficial city event.
It is also unclear why the event and the emcee weren’t paid for by the event organizers and/or its participants.
Many residents took to social media to voice their displeasure that protests were taking place in the city concerned with the havoc caused in other cities, however, both events were peaceful.