At Police Commission hearing, LAPD and critics agree: policing alone isn’t the answer to homelessness

The crowd that filled the chambers inside City Hall was quiet as one of L.A.’s police commissioners spoke, explaining her personal connection to one of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles.

Shane Murphy Goldsmith said her younger brother had experienced homelessness throughout his life. She thought of him, she added, during a ride-along with some of the police officers assigned to the L.A. Police Department’s homeless outreach efforts.

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