Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

The Los Angeles County sheriff called the effort by the Los Angeles-area Metro Board’s police advisory committee to remove law enforcement from public transit a “scary proposition” Nov. 17. The committee unanimously recommended canceling Metro’s policing contracts at a meeting Nov. 3. The agency contracts with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Long Beach Police each year to provide law enforcement services on its trains and buses. The group recommended shifting all armed policing to local agencies as part of an effort to reduce armed law enforcement. If approved, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said transit riders would have to rely on the services of local law enforcement to deal with rapes, murders, and assaults that occur on the system. “That is a scary proposition for anyone who could be a potential victim of crime or in need of urgent law enforcement service,” Villanueva told …

Author: Jill McLaughlin

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