LBREPORT.com Seeks, LBPD Indicates It Has No Immediate Plans To Release VIDEO Chief Luna Described At June 23 Public Safety Committee Meeting As Showing Man With Child On Shoulders (Viral Photo) Allegedly Trying To Position Himself In Front Of Officers Trying To Fire "Less-Than-Lethal" (But Potentially Injurious) Rounds
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|(June 24, 2020, 1:05 p.m.) -- In response to an inquiry by LBREPORT.com, LBPD has indicated that it has no plans to release any time soon a video described by LBPD Chief Robert Luna at the June 23 meeting of the City Council's "Public Safety Committee" that Chief Luna indicated shows a man with a child on his shoulders (the subject of viral photo) allegedly maneuvering or trying to position himself in front of officers seeking to use "less than lethal" (but potentially injurious) rounds to disperse a May 31 crowd (exact time not indicated) at a Pine Ave. intersection.
Public Safety Committee chair Councilwoman Suzie Price invited Chief Luna to discuss the viral photo, and he did so by indicating that LBPD has a video in its possession showing what took place and described what he said the video shows. LBREPORT.com provides audio of the Price-Luna Committee colloquy at this link.
Neither Public Safety Committee chair Price not Committee members Supernaw and Austin asked LBPD to provide the video for independent review by their Committee or by the public.
On June 24, LBREPORT.com made an informal telephone request to LBPD's Public Information Office seeking to learn its plan, if any, for public access to the video. LBPD Public Information Officer/LBPD Officer Ivan Garcia indicated:
"The video that Chief Luna was referring to will not be released any time soon as it is still part of the ongoing investigation. You could submit a PRA [Public Records Act request] for the video but since it does not fall under SB 1421 your request will most likely be denied."
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|As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, the Committee provided no opportunity for telephonic public comment at its June 23 meeting (during which the public might have raised the issue of public access to the video that the Chief had just described.)
On March 17, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom's issued Executive Order N-29-20 allowing legislative bodies (like City Councils) to waive certain requirements of the Brown (open meetings) Act if the legislative body "allows members of the public to observe and address the testimony telephonically or otherwise electronically."
On June 16, the LA City Council began allowing limited (20 callers) telephonic public testimony.
The Public Safety Committee's June 23 agenda indicated the public could submit comments on agenda items by email to the City Clerk or via an "e-comment" system. "E-comments" are supposed to be shown to Councilmembers prior to their meeting but aren't read aloud and aren't visible publicly until after the meeting is over.
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