Los Angeles police officers facing disciplinary hearings will have a choice of appearing before an all-civilian review board or a panel that includes two command-level officers, thanks to voters’ approval of a ballot measure condemned by critics as a weakening of the LAPD’s disciplinary system.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Charter Amendment C earned 92,874 yes votes (57.14 percent) and 69,647 no votes (42.85 percent).
“The passage of Charter Amendment C will increase civilian oversight of the LAPD,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Measure C was placed on Tuesday’s ballot by the Los Angeles City Council and received support from Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and the police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
The LAPPL argued the current system is unfair because of the belief that the police chief has undue influence on sworn members of board of rights panels, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.