Crime & Justice

Los Angeles Police Commission to look into concerns about 'impertinent' comments ban

File: The LAPD Police Commission hears a report from the inspector general. The Commission has decided to postpone a vote on a new set of meeting guidelines which, according to the ACLU, could affect freedom of speech.
File: The LAPD Police Commission hears a report from the inspector general. The Commission has decided to postpone a vote on a new set of meeting guidelines which, according to the ACLU, could affect freedom of speech.
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The Los Angeles Police Commission postponed making a decision Tuesday on a proposed set of guidelines that would potentially ban "impertinent" remarks during meetings.

The Commission was set to vote on the rules Tuesday, but after receiving a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California which said that the new rules could affect the public's First Amendment rights, they've decided to look into the ACLU's concerns. 

"If we're going to make some adjustments to it ,we'll make adjustments," said Richard Tefank, executive director of the Commission. "If not, we'll bring it back at our next meeting of September 15."

Tefank said the Commission would discuss the letter with the city attorney. He said the new guidelines were not designed to impede anyone's freedom of speech.

"I mean everyone has the right to speak from the podium, and it's not about what they say. It is more about the disruption that occurs during a meeting," Tefank said.

You can read the proposed draft of those rules here:

Document: Proposed guidelines for audience participation in police commission meetings