South L.A. residents expressed outrage and anguish at the community forum, and they want to know why the explosive devices were detonated by police in the neighborhood.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Members of the South Los Angeles community demanded answers from the Los Angeles Police Department at a community forum held Monday for the massive fireworks blast that devastated their neighborhood.
Local residents want accountability from the LAPD for the explosion on June 30 that damaged several homes and injured 17 people.
Residents expressed outrage and anguish at the community forum, and they want to know why the explosive devices were detonated by police in the neighborhood. They’re also calling for mental health assistance for trauma associated with the event, and money for damages.
One woman who lives five blocks from where the explosion happened spoke at the forum, asking for whoever made the decision to detonate the explosives to be charged with a crime.
“We want to pursue criminal charges to whoever was responsible for this decision,” South L.A. resident Marta Sanchez said. “We want to bring more support for families that were impacted, not only at the economic level, but also mental health support.”
Other residents think LAPD wouldn’t have made the decision to detonate the explosives in a different neighborhood.
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