Letters to the Editor: How heavy police presence on Metro traumatizes vulnerable communities
To the editor: As a car-free Angeleno and frequent bus rider, I am happy to hear Metro is considering a different approach to public safety.
Countless times I have witnessed incidents where an armed officer arrives on scene in response to a perceived threat, only to escalate tension and provoke further agitation by a person in need.
The majority of bus riders are people of color and are from low-income households. It’s time to reallocate resources so we can stop inflicting further trauma on these communities.
Felicia Garcia, Los Angeles
To the editor: Just when the Metro is trying to increase ridership, it is now considering having fewer police officers patrol its system?
I know I’m not alone in reading about assaults and harassment that have dissuaded people from taking transit.
I am all for police reform, but as a female who has taken Metro, I am comforted when I see police nearby.
Celeste Demetor, Yorba Linda
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