“I feel like there was this expectation that we should feel relief, like we should be glad that we moved forward an inch today. It’s not a victory that the world had to turn up for a killer cop to be held accountable.”
Since the beginning of June, Luna said the department has spent $9.8 million responding to protests and civil unrest in the city, including $2.9 million in overtime.
While it investigates, the Long Beach Unified School District has placed the teacher, Doug Renick, on paid leave from his job at Hamilton Middle School.
Lawmakers, however, did pass bills that would ban the carotid hold and have the state Attorney General investigate more police shootings.
County supervisors could increase their oversight of sheriffs under one of several pending legislative proposals that gained momentum Friday in the wake of national unrest after the death in May of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Long Beach activists are planning a rally this weekend to highlight what they say is another unjust death at hands of Long Beach police.
The union representing local police officers says it conducted a survey that shows Long Beach voters broadly approve of the Black Lives Matter movement but don’t support for the group’s core goal of shrinking the police department.
Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The report comes in response to calls for racial equality and police reform.