LA Mayor Bass Calls to Root Out ‘Right-Wing Extremist’ Police, Signals Lowering the Bar for New Recruits
Haley Chi-Sing, Fox News, February 26, 2023
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called to remove “obstacles” for new police recruits and pledged to root out officers with ties to “right-wing domestic extremist organizations.”
Bass is looking to remove “obstacles” for police recruits who fail to initially qualify for training as a means of further diversifying the LAPD, according to a summary of her public safety goals obtained by Fox News Digital – but police union leaders are questioning the move.
Bass’ summary of goals for police reform includes a list of provisions as well as dates by which the department must report back regarding progress. One provision says 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, Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) spokesperson, told Fox News Digital.
The provision states that recommendations to remove any obstacles will be taken into consideration, especially with those in relation to “ethnic groups disproportionately left out of new officer training.”
Saggau said the provision calls for the lowering of standards within the police department as new hires who did not initially qualify during training are shown not to “possess the mental fitness or the physical fitness ability to be a police officer.”
Another provision in the goals summary seeks to “identify, discipline, and/or terminate officers associated with right-wing domestic extremist organizations” using data from the Justice Department. LAPD must report back with progress on this provision in August.