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Should LA County Metro Reconsider Public Safety And Policing?




People protest against the death of George Floyd and others in police custody, as they support the Black Lives Matter movement outside the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on June 24, 2020.
People protest against the death of George Floyd and others in police custody, as they support the Black Lives Matter movement outside the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on June 24, 2020.
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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering changes to public safety and policing. The board of directors is meeting Thursday and will consider appointing a Transit Public Safety Advisory committee to rethink what this might look like, according to L.A. Daily News.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and L.A. County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis propelled the motion forward. The changes could mean armed law enforcement wouldn’t respond in every instance. Alternatives could include the use of mental health professionals, social workers and mediators. Officials say changes in how Metro addresses public safety is necessary because of its history with racial bias. Today on AirTalk, we want to hear your thoughts on this motion. Do you think changes are necessary? Would you feel safe if mental health professionals or social workers responded to certain incidents instead of armed officers? Tell us what you think by calling 866-893-5722.