Watch out for shrapnel
February 16th’s SLO City Council meeting proved explosive, when community members took SLOPD’s presentation of the After Action Report as a chance to speak out about the use of force at June 1st’s BLM protest. The report–written by cops for cops–unsurprisingly supports and justifies the actions of that day…but what went unaddressed at council was whether those actions SHOULD have happened at all. The mismatch between the intent of the AAR and the reception by public commenters proved hard for many to handle, and the hurt, anger and fear were palpable (see pg. 45 for on-the-ground community responses). We are all for civility but not at the cost of accountability.
Speaking of accountability, the DA’s office isn’t interested in any of it. Tianna Arata was back in court with her co-defendants–where 5 of 7 were offered community service instead of taking the case to trial. But wait…there’s more! Tianna’s lawyers are requesting the DA be held in contempt AND we still don’t know who’s prosecuting the case yet. This kerfuffle shuffle is a prime opportunity to learn errrything about our judicial system, which is muy complicado. As far as movement in this case, more on 4/9. Stay vigilant and let your Reps know what you think about all this. #BlackLivesMatter