In 2028 Olympics, L.A. Residents See a Police State on Steroids

Fac­ing an audi­ence of about 150 in a barn­yard-sized build­ing in South Los Ange­les, a paper plac­ard marked ​Eric Garcetti” sat before an emp­ty seat. The may­or had been invit­ed to the pub­lic forum, host­ed by the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Social­ists of Amer­i­ca (DSA), on the poten­tial neg­a­tive impacts of the 2028 Olympics. To no one’s sur­prise, the may­or did not show.

In late July, the 2028 Olympics were award­ed to Los Ange­les, fol­low­ing a lengthy bid­ding process that involved the may­or, city coun­cil, a num­ber of wealthy donors, Pres­i­dent Trump, and the Inter­na­tion­al Olympics Com­mit­tee. Accord­ing to DSA spokesper­son Jon­ny Cole­man, L.A. offi­cials bare­ly engaged ordi­nary res­i­dents, beyond a few over­priced lun­cheons billed as ​pub­lic forums.” (The mayor’s press sec­re­tary did not respond to a request for comment.)

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