LA mayor Karen Bass to target ‘right-wing extremist’ cops, remove ‘obstacles’ for failing recruits

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass is vowing to boot police officers with alleged ties to “right-wing domestic extremist organizations” as she gets ready to lower standards and remove “obstacles” for new recruits who fail to qualify for training in an attempt to diversify the LAPD.

According to a summary of her public safety goals that was obtained by Fox News Digital, she wants to make it far easier for someone to qualify for a badge with the Los Angeles Police Department. Police union leaders are very concerned over Bass’ new agenda.

The mayor’s police reform goals include a laundry list of things for the LAPD to accomplish as well as dates by which the department must report back regarding progress on the overall plan. One item mandates that a deputy mayor will work in conjunction with a “third party” to “evaluate the personnel process and identify obstacles to entry for recruits who fail to qualify for training.”

“We think that particular provision or that goal or that idea is dangerous,” Tom Saggau, who is the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) spokesperson, told Fox News Digital in an interview.

“If you have police officers that can’t make minimum qualifications or attained minimum standards, for instance, there are recruits that have been in the academy that just can’t score the minimum requirements for a physical fitness test,” he noted. “One hundred is the maximum score, 50 is acceptable. There are folks that are scoring under 10. That’s just dangerous.”

Even more alarming is that a provision contends that recommendations to remove obstacles to training will be considered in regard to “ethnic groups disproportionately left out of new officer training.”

That applies to new recruits who did not initially qualify during training and allegedly do not “possess the mental fitness or the physical fitness ability to be a police officer.”

“That’s just a recipe for disaster,” Saggau remarked. “So we think lowering standards is a dangerous precedent.”

Another disturbing provision seeks to “identify, discipline, and/or terminate officers associated with right-wing domestic extremist organizations” using data from the Justice Department. The LAPD is required to report back with progress on this provision in August.

“We [LAPPL] think it ought to be right-wing, left-wing, foreign and domestic,” Saggau asserted, not alluding to the fact that the mayor’s provision appears to be racist. “We think that there are more organizations that members of law enforcement should not be associated with, other than the narrow group that was listed in that document.”

Bass is also taking aim at training measures that comply with the “heightened standard on use of deadly force required,” the expansion of the Mental Evaluation Unit and the System-wide Mental Assessment Team, as well as efforts to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings.

The mayor told the Los Angeles Times that she is prioritizing “crime reduction, personnel reform, alternative response, and community policing” following the release of her goals summary. She also intends to hire more homicide detectives to work on cases and to address the ongoing staffing shortage due to retirements and other departures.

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“Mayor Bass sees the dire need for more officers. The question is, how do you get there? And we are totally committed and completely supportive of civilianizing positions where police officers should be doing police work and civilians should be doing civilian work,” Saggau commented.

The LAPD is experiencing severe staffing shortages because of the “defund the police” movement and because officers have been vilified and targeted for doing their jobs. Many officers are leaving for other departments across the nation or retiring altogether. Going after white officers specifically will probably only make the problem worse.

Bass’ moves come almost three years after the Los Angeles City Council voted to cut the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget by $150 million in 2020 amid the George Floyd riots and protests.

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Republished with permission from American Wire News Service


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