Amid Criticism, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Says He Has Confidence In LAPD Chief Michel Moore: “I Know His Heart”

Amid Criticism, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Says He Has Confidence In LAPD Chief Michel Moore: “I Know His Heart”

Twenty-four hours after his chief of police, Michel Moore, ignited anger with comments equating looters with the officers in whose care George Floyd died, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti faced the media.

Earlier in the day, at a public comment session of the police commission, Chief Moore and Mayor Garcetti were excoriated by angry Angelenos, who called for both of them to resign.

Asked Tuesday evening if he still had confidence in Chief Michel Moore, Garcetti responded, “I’ve known this man’s heart for decades. When I heard him say what he said I knew that he did not mean it…It was wrong. I’m glad he quickly corrected it and further corrected it was well.”

The Mayor said he would not be making any announcements on Tuesday but, if he thought Moore meant that Garcetti promised, “he would no longer be chief of police.”

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“This is immensely difficult work,” said the mayor. “I want to thank the police officers who are out there on the line.”

As for his proposed city budget, which has come under fire after critics pointed out that 54 percent of it goes to police, Garcetti said, “I hear what people are saying out there. The next couple days I hope to show what we can do to make sure…those things are reflected in our dollars.”

Garcetti said instead said he has “hope” for the city.

Earlier in the day, the mayor’s home in Hancock Park was the scene of a protest by hundreds of protesters holding signs demanding Moore’s ouster.

Garcetti joined protesters downtown and took a knee with them. “I felt a little couped up today, so I went outside.”

That came after the mayor didn’t show up to a live feedback session held by the police commission, at which Chief Moore was excoriated by angry L.A. residents. Residents who not only repeatedly called for the chief’s ouster, but called out Garcetti for his absence.

Erik Pederson contributed to this report.

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