Virtual Town Hall
Community Listening Session: Reflections on the Criminal Justice System
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the Commission hosted a Listening Session where the the community reflectioned on events involving our criminal justice system, thoughts on improving the system and strategies we all can use to address the trauma and stress that often is associated with interactions with law enforcement. The death of George Floyd, amongst others, and subsequent conviction of Derek Chauvin have highlighted the struggles many have with our nation’s criminal justice system. The session helped to support community efforts to express our concerns, make constructive recommendations and discover ways to collectively heal.
Speakers included: Lael Rubin, Civilian Oversight Commission Chair & Former Deputy District Attorney; Wendy Blanco, Director of Counseling Services & Trauma Recovery, Peace Over Violence; Robin Toma, Executive Director Human Relations Commission; Pierre Arreola, Senior Human Relations Consultant, Human Relations Commission; & Pastor V. Jesse Smith from The Way Center of Truth. Play the video below or view the Webex recording.
Virtual Town Hall
Law Enforcement Interactions with People Who Have Mental Health Conditions or Developmental Disabilities
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Commission held a Town Hall on interactions with people who have mental health conditions or developmental disabilities. This event is created a safe space for leaders and community members to provide feedback about law enforcement crisis response to incidents involving people who have mental health conditions or developmental disabilities; public safety needs of, and law enforcement efforts to serve these community members and their families; and ideas to reduce negative interactions or improve outcomes of these exchanges, among other concerns.
Speakers included: Lael Rubin, Civilian Oversight Commission Chair & Former Deputy District Attorney; Pietro “Piero” D’Ingillo, Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Services Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Mark Gale, Criminal Justice Chair, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Los Angeles County; Judy Mark, co-founder and President, Disability Voices United; Casimiro U. Tolentino, Civilian Oversight Commission Vice Chair & Former Administrative Law Judge for the State of California; & Brian K. Williams, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission. Play the video below or view the Webex recording.
Resources: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sampling of Programs PDF