The Los Angeles Police Department’s preliminary investigation into the May Day MacArthur Park melee confirms that a “breakdown” in police command and control took place and offers new detail on the roles of two top officers who were quickly reassigned by Chief William Bratton, the Los Angeles Times says. The report, presented to the city’s Police Commission yesterday, was criticized as being incomplete. Some City Council members and community activists said it fell far short of the detailed accounting Bratton promised after 42 people were injured in an incident that threatens to sully the reputation of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Members of the civilian Police Commission responded by asking the department to consider more training and possible term limits for officers assigned to the elite Metropolitan Division, which has been characterized as insular and aggressive. Peter Bibring of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California was disturbed at how far short the report fell. “We were promised an open and thorough investigation, but what was shown had critical facts omitted,” he said. “It made no mention why thousands of peaceful participants were ordered to leave the park and were made the subject of police use of force.”