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Police Chief to Hold Public Meeting on Riot Report Monday
 

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By Lookout Staff

July 29, 2021 -- On Monday, top police brass will hold a community meeting via teleconference to discuss the department's response to an after-action report on the May 31, 2020 riots.

The report by the OIR Group released in May found the Department was woefully unprepared and had no action plan or clear leadership.

As a result, it improvised a response to the violent protests and looting it should have seen coming ("Report Harshly Criticizes Police Response to May 31 Riots, Chronicles Department in 'Disarray,'" May 6, 2021).

During the meeting -- which takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. -- Interim Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will provide an overview of SMPD’s response to OIR Group’s 44 recommendations.

After the presentation, community members can participate in a Q&A by registering through Eventbrite. A Spanish translation will be available.

“In the months since May 31, 2020, the Police Department has been on a journey of learning, reconciliation, and healing," Seabrooks wrote in an information item sent to the City Council Thursday.

"The women and men of the organization have been working diligently to implement systems, policies, procedures, and training that improve individual and organizational performance in future unusual emergency circumstances.," Seabrooks said.

"SMPD and its partners across the City organization are committed to rebuilding trust within our community, supporting one-another, and continuing to provide excellent municipal and safety services which embrace and integrate the OIR’s recommendations into the Department’s operations.”

In addition to directing the department's response to the OIR report, the Council directed that the newly formed Public Safety Reform and Oversight Commission to review SMPD’s response.

The Commission will take this up at a future meeting, City officials said. For agenda and participation information, visit https://www.santamonica.gov/public-safety-reform-and-oversight-commission.

For more information on the City’s response to the events of May 31, 2020, visit https://www.santamonica.gov/MAY31AFTERACTION.


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