The new mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, has chosen for nominees to the city’s Police Commission, says the Los Angeles Times. Villaraigosa said the choices would be “vigorous in their oversight” of the Los Angeles Police Department. He noted noted that this group, if approved by the City Council, would review the investigation into the standoff that resulted in the death of a 34-year-old suspect and his 19-month-old daughter, and the wounding of an officer.
The nominees are John Mack, retired president of the Los Angeles Urban League; Shelley Freeman, a bank executive; and two former federal prosecutors, Anthony Pacheco and Andrea Ordin. They would join the sole remaining member of the old board: Alan Skobin, an auto dealership lawyer. The commission sets department policy and evaluates the performance of the chief. It reviews internal investigations of officers’ use of force, though it has no power to discipline them.