Los Angeles City voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Measure C, a police union-backed initiative that will create civilian discipline boards to decide when LAPD officers should be fired. Officers accused of wrongdoing will now have the option of defending themselves before a review board comprised of three civilian hearing examiners instead of the current make-up of two command officers and one civilian examiner.
Worried about data that shows civilians tend to be more lenient than command officers, police watchdogs including the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Black Lives Matter staunchly opposed the measure. They say they’ll now take their fight to the city council, which must pass an ordinance enacting Measure C.
Here are five questions ahead for the council, mayor, police and watchdogs.