LAPD COMMANDER TODD CHAMBERLAIN TALKS WITH BOMA/GLA SECURITY COMMITTEE ON DOWNTOWN DEMONSTRATIONS

Martha Cox-Nitikman
April/26/2017

The BOMA/GLA Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee met with LAPD Commander Todd Chamberlain (in photo above) and learned that LAPD has modified their tactics in the last few years to better manage the increased number of protests in Downtown LA.

Many of the protest groups obtain city permits, and the LAPD works with march organizers to minimize the impact on businesses and residents. They also find using plain clothed officers reduces the tensions between marchers and the police. Because many buildings have banks on the ground floor, they recommend locking bank doors during the protests. If marchers attempt to take over the bank area, owners should ask them to leave and record what occurs.

Spontaneous unpermitted events are also on the rise and more difficult to control. LAPD has zero tolerance for any property or personal crimes committed during protest events.

To receive notice of marches in Downtown LA, contact Sgt. Terence Keenan, OCB Special Events at 25975@lapd.online