Police agencies should not only train how to avoid excessive force, but also train officers how to respond to a fellow officer who is exercising excessive force on a citizen. These agencies can impose a policy that stipulates any officer who observes another officer using excessive force and fails to actively stop the incident, then the observing officer - and any by-standing officer(s) - are all equally responsible for the outcome, and all are subject to criminal charges. Realistic alternative to the ridiculous, nonsensical, radical "idea" of defunding our necessary police forces.

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June Hibino 3 months ago

Reallocate police resources to social needs and reform policing in CC.

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Joseph Dougherty 3 months ago

Hello, June. What social needs do you feel should take precedence over our current police force resources (and I presume you're referring to its funding)?

I happen to appreciate that, in Culver City, I see a police cruiser almost every time I leave my home. I especially appreciate that the 405 underpass on Washington Place in CC is homeless- and drug-dealer-free. I'm sure it's not an easy task to have to consistently nudge them along and away from our neighborhood when they do start to set up camp, and our police officers do this very humanely. This comes from the perspective of a resident of CC and from the many robust businesses this city attracts.

Travel just a few, small blocks north, and you're in Los Angeles, where you are really fortunate if 911 doesn't put you on eternal hold; and where you have to walk through an entire "community" of the homeless camped out in the underpass; where the streets are littered with their filthy trash; and where we've repeatedly witnessed blatant, obvious drug-dealing taking place.

My genuine apologies if I missed your point...but diverting any funds at all that keep Culver City safe and "a nice place to live" would be a mistake. I feel that we can either keep the police force working for us just as they are...or have our small, clean city become indistinguishable from Los Angeles.

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