Residents Boycotting City Party to Plan Fight Against CPD Return
Calling the Compton City Council’s recent vote to bring back the Compton Police Department an act of taxpayer disenfranchisement, a community meeting will be held this weekend by the residents and for the residents to discuss what’s next in the fight to stop the city’s plan.
Local activists invite all Compton residents who are concerned about the future of public safety and law enforcement in the Hub City to a grassroots town hall meeting this Saturday, June 19, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Student Lounge at Compton Center, where the facts on both sides will be shared and taxpayers will learn the truth about the financial feasibility of a CPD comeback.
Topics to be addressed will include:
–Â Former City Clerk Charles Davis’ ballot initiative that would give residents the opportunity to decide whether the city should continue to contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or re-establish a local police department;
–Â The renewed recall effort targeting Mayor Eric J. Perrodin, a former Compton police officer, and Councilwoman Lillie Dobson, who, along with Councilwoman Barbara Calhoun, cast the three affirmative votes on June 1 (Calhoun is not included because she is up for re-election in less than a year);
–Â How much a CPD comeback will actually cost taxpayers now and in the future, as well as the likelihood of the city being forced to raise taxes in order to fund such a venture during the current economic crisis; and
–Â An extended question-and-answer period, where residents will be able to ask all the questions the city would not address and receive honest, thorough answers and responses to their concerns.
Held on the same day and during the city’s Juneteenth celebration, which this year comes with a $200,000 price tag and for which residents must pay to attend, activists are asking the community to boycott the event in a show of solidarity against a CPD re-launch and Barbara Calhoun’s vote against the will of the people.
Resident William Kemp, whose nonprofit organization, Citizens for a Greater Compton, is hosting the community meeting, said he wants everyone who attends to make their voices heard no matter what side they are on.
Kemp added that he believes it would be prudent for the community to focus on joining the recall and the ballot initiative on the same ticket in November.
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Compton Sheriff’s Station Capt. Diane Walker have been invited to attend, as well as the mayor, council members, city manager and other local officials.