The City Council Tuesday delayed until March 17 consideration of authorizing Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council President Nury Martinez to bring the city into a cooperative that would set the framework for planning, resourcing, management and delivery of safety and security services for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.
The City Council’s approval would authorize Garcetti and Martinez to enter into a memorandum of understanding to establish the California Olympic and Paralympic Public Safety Command. The cooperative would consist of the city, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028 and the California Office of Emergency Services.
It would help coordinate law enforcement resources during the games 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.
It would also determine which resources are needed to protect Olympic venues and maintain police services throughout the city during the Games.
The Ad Hoc Committee on the 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games last week voted to recommend that 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 members 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. contend 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.
“The Olympics historically have led to the militarization of the police and the expansion of the surveillance state at the expense of vulnerable populations time and time again, including the LA84 Games,” NOlympics L.A. said in a statement to City News Service.
“COPPSC may offer LAPD a seat at the Olympics security table, but this table offers only a double bind for residents who do not want the criminalization of our immigrant population or a massive expansion in our standing police force.”