The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider authorizing Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council President Nury Martinez to bring the city into a cooperative that will be responsible for the planning, resourcing, management and delivery of safety and security services for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.
The California Olympic and Paralympic Public Safety Command would consist of the city, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028 and the California Office of Emergency Services. The City Council’s approval would authorize Garcetti and Martinez to enter into a memorandum of understanding to establish the command.
The collaboration would help coordinate and expand law enforcement resources in Los Angeles on the federal, state and city level, and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore would represent Los Angeles as the co-chair of the command.
The LAPD would determine which resources are needed to protect Olympic venues and maintain police services throughout the city during the Games, according to the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
The committee last week voted to recommend the City Council authorize Garcetti and Martinez to bring the city into the cooperative. The motion passed through the committee with five yes votes and two absent.
“Committee members expressed the importance of an adequate level of security for the games, preserving the city’s progressive identity and policies as they relate to current and/or future national policies and ensuring public health safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath,” according to the committee’s report.
However, during the committee meeting, members of the public called in to express their concern the impact the 2028 Olympics will have on policing, homeless encampments and communities of color.
The organization NOlympics L.A. argues that the 2028 Olympics will accelerate displacement and the militarization of police in Los Angeles at a time when many Angelenos and officials are looking at ways to decrease policing and reimagine public safety.
Activists cite a June 2020 neighborhood council meeting at which an LAPD officer said the department needs a 30% expansion to prepare for the Olympics.
“From a safety and policing perspective, the Olympics threaten some of our most vulnerable communities: immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, sex workers, the homeless, the disabled, low-income people of color, and so on,” NOlympics L.A. says on its website.