Locals did not hold back when they were allowed to speak truth to power to Chief Michel Moore.
The timing of Tuesday’s LAPD’s Police Commission meeting couldn’t have been more perfect for angry Angelenos to berate the civilian oversight body.
It also couldn’t have come at a worse time for embattled chief Michel Moore who less than 24 hours previously, during Mayor Eric Garcetti’s daily address to the city, told protesters and looters that the blood of George Floyd was on their hands. Later, Moore walked back his comments, and later apologized again at the beginning of the public meeting, but the damage had already been done.
To make things worse for the Chief and the Commission, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was being done over Zoom. Angelenos have had little trouble speaking truth to power in person during normal times when the regularly scheduled meetings were held at LAPD headquarters in DTLA, but one would have to schlep down there, take time off of work, pay for parking and sit and wait for the Public Comment Period.
For the majority of the epic 8+ hour meeting, one person after another let it be known that Moore’s apology wasn’t enough. They wanted change. And change they got. At first each person who Zoomed-in to the streaming video conference call were allotted two minutes to go off, but as the day ground on, technical issues were resolved, and the insults became more personal, the public were given 60 seconds and then just 30 seconds. No matter, Los Angelenos had little problem keeping their vitriol concise yesterday.