More than a month after the LAPD blew up a street block while detonating a cache of illegal fireworks, the ATF report is being released at a community meeting tonight. Only 27th street residents are allowed in. No media, no community organizers…
I gave a resident a recorder to take in with her during the meeting and officers held her up because of it. Ended up in a back and forth with officers over it and once they checked with higher ups that it was ok, they let her and her daughter in
Another resident, with her 11 and 6 year olds, doesn’t live on the street, but her windows were shattered from the blast. For at least 15 minutes, LAPD wouldn’t let her in and kept telling her only 27th street residents.
One resident who was allowed in didn’t go, in protest of @UniondelBarrio not being allowed inside. Ron Gochez, a community organizer, called the lack of public access “embarrassing and pathetic.”

“It’s obvious they’re trying to cover themselves.”
Out here waiting to talk to residents about the meeting and to get the actual report.
The meeting just opened up for questions. First resident asked for the names of the LAPD officers responsible. From what I heard on a recording, Michel Moore responded that as the chief he’s responsible
Moore just pointed out that no media is present. Said that was done at his direction. Only residents and business owners affected, which doesn’t line up with the officers outside checking IDs to make sure people live on 27th street
“The officers that were involved did not think to weigh the material,” Moore said about the explosives. “They thought they were loading 16 pounds, but they loaded just under 40 pounds.”
That vessel will not be used to dispose of materials in a residential neighborhood, Moore said as the meeting winds down.
“As the chief of police, I’m sorry this happened,” Moore said. Cited LAPD officers and ATF injured by the blast. “We’re going to make it right.” Adds that this “wasn’t done in some callous fashion.”

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