The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved the first step in a plan to replace Los Angeles Police Department officers with community-based, unarmed emergency responders for non-violent calls for service.
"This is the dawn of a new era of public safety in Los Angeles," said council member Herb Wesson, who co-authored the motion.
"The bottom line is that the way things have been going is not working for our communities.
Wesson said he looks forward to working on the project with members of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.
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It would include diverting nonviolent calls for services, such as neighbor disputes and others from the LAPD to the appropriate non-law-enforcement agencies. »