I’d like to address the issue of Downey police department’s lack of training, or improper training. Having lived in Downey for decades, I’ve witnessed first hand officers respond to situations with utter disregard for its citizens rights. Unlawful detention, threats, and intimidation. These are not the tools of public servants. These are the methods of thugs using their position of authority to oppress this community.
had the opportunity to view the video of officer gilley using excessive
force against Miguel Macias. I encourage every one of you on the
council to review this video, for it is undeniable evidence that your
officers need better training. Mr. Macias was totally compliant to this
officer’s orders, yet he is tackled from behind, thrown to the ground,
and after he is handcuffed, he is aggressively choked. Is this how your
officers are trained to respond to a traffic stop?
would certainly like to think that there are just a few bad apples on
the force that are ruining the rest of this department. And if that is
the case, they need to be rounded up quickly and removed from our
streets. You need to shed your protections and pretenses about how the
police department operates.
Downey police department’s unwritten policy of how officers make
complaints of misconduct of their fellow officers or supervisors is
totally inadequate. Reporting to your commanding officer and letting the
complaint flow up the chain of command is pretty useless. What if the
misconduct and corruption is coming from the top tiers? This ideology
only promotes the protection of the offenders. Officers need to be able
to make anonymous complaints of misconduct so they are not subject to
hope you are all opening, your eyes, hearts, and minds. You have the
opportunity to make some positive changes in Downey. Instead of looking
at the situation through your egos, you need to create something new
filtered through your own consciences. Using your available personnel
and resources to establish some programs and policies that will actually
benefit this community.
silence and inaction only demonstrates a virulence and contempt for
those seeking reform. We are not seeking vengeance here, we are asking
for you to recognize this problem, and work for a solution. Your
citizens should not live in fear, your officers should not be afraid to
speak their minds, and this council should not shirk their
responsibility to ensure that Downey is a safe place for everyone to
Lauren Bautistas of Nida’s Rydas