LA CAN Submits Community Input to LAPD Central Division

In response to the recent LAPD crime survey, which LA CAN members found both biased and convoluted, members submit a written response as well as produce thousands of signatures opposing Safer Cities

As discussed numerous times on this blog, in September 2006, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chief Bratton launched the Safer Cities Initiative (SCI), which placed more than 100 additional police officers in the 0.85 square mile area known as Skid Row. These additional officers are responsible for the escalating number of citations and arrests made in the community. In the first two years of SCI, over 19,000 arrests were made and 24,000 citations were given to poor, disabled and predominantly African-American residents in a community of about 13,000-15,000 residents.

To add insult to injury under SCI, on May 12th the LAPD launched a survey campaign focusing on crime levels and police presence in Skid Row as a means to create support for SCI in an environment of shrinking resources. Though the results of the survey have yet to be released, the tone, language and survey content appear to be biased. For example, the LAPD survey includes chronic homeless encampments as a potential criminal justice issue – although homelessness is an inevitable consequence of a lack of the affordable housing and emergency shelter and is not illegal.

The LAPD survey also includes questions addressing “quality of life” issues. “Quality of life” policing refers to the increased enforcement of minor offenses such as jaywalking, littering and loitering and is responsible for the high number of citations given to community residents. These questions raise the issue of whose quality of life is LAPD and the City trying to improve? We have witnessed for years the prioritization of the quality of life for the newer, more affluent residents over the quality of life for the low-income residents that receive tickets with excessive fines and needless warrants.

LA CAN members decided not to participate in the survey for these and other reasons. Instead, we have collected more than a thousand signatures from residents and workers in Skid Row who oppose Safer Cities and we submitted a letter of opposition to LAPD officials about the biased survey on June 30, 2009 (document included at the bottom of this post). Although this may appear to be one small issue within the Safer Cities assault on our community and our numerous organizing strategies to end this racist Initiative, we believe surveys such as this continue to highlight the efforts to find support for the failing and illegal practices of LAPD’s Central Division.

Response to Chow’s Survey

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2 Responses to “LA CAN Submits Community Input to LAPD Central Division”

  1. Simon James Says:

    When Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World, and drew his conclusion. When George Orwell wrote 1984 and drew his conclusion, When Neil Postman wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death and drew his conclusion. None of the authors took into account the massive onslaught of the “New Majority” as the prevailing American way of life. The vast majority of people in America today are living on the streets, or just one or two paychecks from being on the streets, making this the vast New Majority of people living in America today. There is a great one sidedness to this truth being told, here is another truth, a more predominate one.

    I have been interviewing a great number of the New Majority, and finding a very different story. I thus far, have found most of the individuals I have interviewed to be very well educated, many possessing degrees, skilled laborers and of course, as always, in the American tradition, the veterans. Most of these individuals have and still are re-assessing why this has happened, most are drawing conclusions that have to deal with such issues as, the role of law and government in creating this dilemma. In doing so, overall, this New Majority of the well educated, well informed, “P”eople are preparing a re-shaping of America, a reclaiming and retaining all rights that are available to us.

    I, along with the many I have interviewed, agree on and are working toward that end. There are those of us who have read the plan for America spoken of by Colonel Edward Mandell House, to President Woodrow Wilson, and how that plan has been put into effect and followed to this day. If you have not read it, please do so. To make that easy, I will place that conversation as a continuation to this letter. We the New Majority, the In Crowd, (Page et el.,1965), see this as an opportunity for the establishment of owner operated businesses that are not a government franchise, an opportunity to reshape the fabric of this country, by the largest group angry at American politics and justice.

    Due to the amount of this New Majority, with the greatest chance of the numbers increasing in the year 2010. The Colonel Edward Mandell House idea of America has completely crumbled. Why assist in rebuilding it? Why not see this for what it is?, a greater opportunity to build a greater America from the bottom up, one that is a constant reminder the the “P”eople are the real government, that all elected officials gain their power from the consent of the governed, who are the “P”eople. Right now, the New Majority holds the real power, if for no other reason than that of the numbers, inclusive of all segments of American society.

    Yes, there are those that are in great need, the mentally and physically incapacitated, women and children & our veterans. We need to re-assess what we have a great chance to accomplish, what many are accomplishing.

  2. Simon James Says:

    Colonel Edward Mandell House is attributed with giving a very detailed outline of the plans to be implemented to enslave the American people. He stated, in a private meeting with Woodrow Wilson (President 1913 – 1921).

    Very soon, every American will be required to register their biological property (that’s you and your children) in a national system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security as a charge back for our fiat paper currency. Every American will be forced to register or suffer being able to work and earn a living. They will be our chattels (property) and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading (Birth Certificate) to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, secured by their pledges. (They will be stripped of their rights) and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debts to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud, which we will call “Social Insurance.” (Social Security Number) Without realizing it, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and we will employ the high office (presidency) of our dummy corporation (USA) to foment this plot against America. – Colonel Edward Mandell House. (Forced slavery, forced child slavery)

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