Two high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department commanders have been reassigned for their role in overseeing the violent police response to last week’s MacArthur Park immigration rally, the Los Angeles Times reports. Deputy Chief Cayler “Lee” Carter Jr. and Cmdr. Louis Gray were shifted from their command posts. A preliminary inquiry suggested that police had made a series of tactical errors in the incident, which injured at least 10 protesters and journalists, as well as seven police officers. “We’re not going to shift responsibility down the chain of command,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Officials are trying to quell outrage over videotaped images of officers swinging batons and firing nearly 150 “less-than-lethal” rounds at reporters and largely peaceful protesters. Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles called the swift reassignment of the two ranking command officers a good start but said reforms were needed to change the department’s culture. She said “the department also needs to look at its internal structure, its training, and how officers view and treat immigrants.”