Tell LAPD To Stop Aggressive Arrests On Skid Row
  • Petitioned Charlie Beck

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Chief of Police, LAPD
Charlie Beck
Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Council (District 10)
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Los Angeles City Council (District 3)
Dennis P. Zine
Los Angeles City Council (District 6)
Tony Cardenas
Los Angeles City Council (District 9)
Jan Perry
Los Angeles City Council (District 11)
Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles City Council (District 5)
Paul Koretz
Los Angeles City Council (District 7)
Richard Alarcon
Los Angeles City Council (District 15)
Janice Hahn
Los Angeles City Council (District 8)
Bernard Parks
Los Angeles City Council (District 12)
Greig Smith
Los Angeles City Council (District 13
Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Council (District 1)
Ed Reyes
Los Angeles City Council (District 14)
Jose Huizar
Los Angeles City Council (District 4)
Tom LaBonge
Los Angeles City Council (District 2)
Paul Krekorian

Tell LAPD To Stop Aggressive Arrests On Skid Row

    1. Danny Jensen
    2. Petition by

      Danny Jensen

      Los Angeles, CA

Following over four years of Skid Row's Safer Cities Initiative, a controversial policing effort championed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) has released a human rights assessment (pdf) of the city's program revealing some extremely troubling results.

Purported to increase public safety in downtown LA and bring additional homeless services to the community, the Safer Cities appears in some cases to actually be increasing homelessness and violating the human rights of many in the homeless and very low-income communities of Los Angeles, according to the report.

LA CAN surveyed over 200 poor and homeless individuals living in downtown Los Angeles, and found that more than half (53.6%) of the respondents had been arrested in the previous year alone.  And here's the real stinger: as a result of those arrests, 51.5% lost their housing, 42.4% lost access to social services, and 16.4% lost employment.

Reducing crime, preventing deaths and making the area safer are no doubt important and laudable goals, but if such a high percentage of residents are reporting that the Safer City approach is pushing them further towards instability and homelessness, it's time to reevaluate the program's tactics.

Across the country we've continually seen the devastating and ineffective results of criminalizing homelessness. The Safer Cities Initiative has made tremendous strides towards making the Skid Row area safer for residents, but the program should also ensure that it is protecting the rights of those living in the community and is working to connect them with the services they need.

 

Photo credit: Tim Wang

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    2. Is The Safer Cities Initiative Increasing Homelessness In Los Angeles?

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      If you were to say that handing out jaywalking tickets is an ineffective means of addressing homelessness, you'd be right; at least according to the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN).
      Following over four years of Skid Row's Safer Cities...

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    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      An organized well trained community observers can help reduce this. I still remember when to trained peace officers killed a homeless woman with a shopping cart in Los Angeles when there where alternatives.

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