Butts Sheds Light on Inglewood Police Policy

Friday, April 08, 2016 Written by 
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At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor James Butts and council members approved payment for videography services covering various city events, custom painting services, and emergency water main repairs.  The City also approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the MTA for paratransit services in the annual amount of $200,000 between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2021. Vendor agreements were approved to provide acoustical testing services for residential sound insulation.


Three public hearings were set to receive public comment on the FY 2016-2017 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. The plans will be developed for the City’s Section 8, Housing & Community Development Block Grant Dept. The first will be held on April 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the plan. The second meeting will be held on July 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., to receive public comment on the Draft FY 2016-2021 Consolidated Plan and FY 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan; and the final meeting will take place on December 13, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. to receive public comment on the Draft FY 2015-2016 Consolidation Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).


Last weekend, City Clerk Yvonne Horton partnered with City Treasurer Wanda Brown and West Basin President Gloria Gray for a day of free tax preparation.  “I saw so many people who were excited about the program, and the fact that it was held in the City of Inglewood,” Horton said.  She also announced her upcoming “Connecting Women to Power” conference on June 16 at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  The conference is free and over 3,500 women are expected to attend.  Men are welcome too.  Call (888) 847-9652 to register. 


City Treasurer Wanda Brown announced that her annual financial literacy program for high school students will begin on April 14.  The 6-week program will be held from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Applications are available in her office or at the Inglewood Public Library.


The sitting president of Inglewood High School showed up with several schoolmates to ask for the City’s support with upcoming school events.  A newcomer to Inglewood introduced residents to his reading club for homeless kids.  He asked for the city’s support with his literacy program, and requested use of the library facilities. 


A representative from Black Lives Matter came to get answers about the Feb. 21 shooting deaths of   Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by Inglewood police.


She said the couple was “murdered by the police” and wanted to know the names of the officers.


“We don’t sit in a forum like this and give officers’ names,” Butts said and explained that he did not know the names of the officers involved. 


“The reason we don’t discuss events like this at a council meeting is because there are 2 investigations going on—the district attorney and the Inglewood Police Department,” he said.  The mayor and council members are not briefed on the officers involved to prevent them from making biased assumptions in advance, should they ever have to make a determination in the case.  


“The officers—while we don’t know their names—they are not on duty now and they won’t be on duty until (the outcome) is determined.  Murder is determined with malice or forethought,” he said.


A young father came to the podium, holding his young daughter in his arms.  He said he wanted to bring peace to the city, and has been praying for Inglewood.


Ray Davis said he saw a “miracle” recently in his neighborhood.  “A woman was walking around, holding a plastic bag, wearing surgical gloves, and picking up trash. . . She’s a transplant from Culver City who’s been here 4 months.  I want people like that to the fourth power.  I have her name and I’ll give it to you and I want you to call her and welcome her,” he told the council.


Councilman George Dotson praised Karate Grand Master James Gough for his many years of service as a karate instructor in Inglewood.  The city of Inglewood offers free karate classes for kids.  “I never knew there were so many grand masters in Inglewood.  You better be careful who you mess with,” Dotson said. 


Councilman Alex Padilla will host a document shredding event at the District 2 ICOP Center at 943 N. La Brea Ave. on April 9.  He also asked the public to save the date for Fire Safety Day on May 7 from 9am to 2pm at Fire Station 172.  The day will begin with a pancake breakfast and hotdogs will be served in the afternoon.  The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event will take place June 9 from 9am to 9pm at Crozier Middle School.  


“I want to join Councilman Dotson in acknowledging the Inglewood martial arts training  program.  Jimmy Gough has been very instrumental, not only in teaching karate but because it also teaches kids mental discipline,” Councilman Ralph Franklin said.  He also announced the City of Inglewood will hold its annual Earth Day celebration, next Saturday, April 16 on the South Lawn in front of City Hall.  The free event will take place from 10am to 3pm.  Rose Royce will be performing.  


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