Eighteen chiefs from major cities have resigned, retired, been pushed out or fired since protests and increased calls for police accountability and reform began after George Floyd’s death in May.
Lt. Tim DuFour has served in forensics for three decades. He has seen thousands of crime scenes but none like what he encountered when he arrived at the Century 16 Movie Theater.
During a meeting with the city's civilian-led Police Commission, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said there were 282 felony assaults against his officers this year, compared with 110 in the same period last year, figures he called "troubling."
In states like New York, Georgia, Washington and Virginia, police chiefs were called to resign by their respective communities for their handling of protests as well as for controversial law enforcement incidents involving alleged police brutality and systemic racism.
Deputy Chief Mark Simmons cited the “current climate” in the city and the nation in a June 4 email advising then-Chief La’ron Singletary to press the city’s lawyers to deny a Prude family lawyer’s public records request for the footage of the March 23 encounter that led to his death.