Los Angeles City Council Votes to Send Unarmed Crisis Teams to Nonviolent Calls

“The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to move ahead with a plan to create an unarmed crisis team that would respond to nonviolent 911 calls instead of L.A. police officers.

The council approved a series of measures recommended by the council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Police Reform that include creating a new classification for those city employees who would be dispatched to those nonviolent calls, and partnering with a nonprofit on a pilot program for the plan.

The question now is how the program would work. The motion calls for the unarmed teams to include mental health workers, homeless outreach workers, medical professionals and others.


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