A Message from the Culver City Police Department

 

April 22, 2021

The message which follows is the compete message received by the Culver City Observer.

The Culver City Police Department is closely following the trial involving former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. We will continue to monitor the trial as it progresses. We would like to assure the community that the Culver City Police Department has an operational plan in place and is prepared to appropriately respond to any incidents occurring within our City as a result of the verdict. We will also have additional uniformed patrol officers in the field to respond to calls for service and provide a highly visible presence around the City.

As always, the Police Department is committed to working with our City's leadership and our regional partners to ensure our entire community's safety, as well as to recognize and value the rights of all members of the community to peacefully exercise their First Amendment Rights. The Culver City Police Department will always strive to ensure the rights and liberties of all our community members are protected, while providing a high level of safety for all our residents, businesses, and visitors.

The CCPD clearly intends to avoid the unlawful rioting, looting and destruction of personal and public property that followed the acquittal of three of the four Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force when arresting Rodney King. The jury could not agree on a verdict for the fourth officer charged with using excessive force.

Clearly intending to avoid a repeat of 1996 local law enforcement agencies across the nation are doing advance preparation so as to not be caught off guard regardless of if the veridictions all 64 people died during the riots, including nine shot by law enforcement personnel and one by National Guardsmen.[55] Of those killed during the riots.] As many as 2,383 people were reported injured Estimates of the material losses vary between about $800 million and $1 billion.[58] Approximately 3,600 fires were set, destroying 1,100 buildings, with fire calls coming once every minute at some points.

 

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