Both the Christopher and the Kolts Commissions made good use of public hearings in creating their lengthy and important reports. (To remind you: the Christopher commission was formed in July 1991 to examine LAPD practices after the March 1991 beating of Rodney King. The Kolts Commission was formed in December of 1991 to look at practices of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department after a series of allegations of excessive force.)
Like its predecessors, the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, appointed last fall by the Los Angeles County Supervisors in the wake of the sheriff’s department’s widening jails scandals, wants to hear from members of the public.
With this in mind, those who wish to share their own experiences and informed concerns about violence at the LA County Jails will have their chance to be heard by members of the Commission at a community meeting Wednesday night.
This is from the Commission material on the hearing:
This forum will provide an opportunity for members of the community to learn about the work of the CCJV and also offer perspectives that might enlighten the Commission’s work. Commission Chair Lourdes G. Baird, Vice Chair Cecil L. Murray, Commissioner Alexander Busansky, as well as Executive Director Miriam Aroni Krinsky and other Commission staff, will be present to discuss the Commission’s work and timeline and to listen to the perspectives of members of our community. Attendees will be given the opportunity to address the Commission in regard to concerns or recommendations they may have in regard to the Commission’s focus – alleged inappropriate use of force by deputies against County jail inmates.
They’re hoping for a good turnout, so com’on down.
Here’s the relevant info:
May 30, at 6 p.m. at The EXPO Center
at the Los Angeles Swimming Stadium
3980 Bill Robertson Lane,
Los Angeles CA, 90037
Parking: Available in Lot #1 (entrance on corner of Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Ave.)
Photo by Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press