After a 45-minute debate, the council reworked its resolution, saying the city’s opposition to homicides should last more than a single weekend.
“A moratorium on violence and killing is something we should support 365 days a year and every minute we live,” said Councilman Richard Alarcon, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley. [LA Times]
The main idea behind the resolution was to create dialogue about the causes of homicide and violence, to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. To that end, the community activists who floated the murder ban have won – the city still voted on “a resolution that promised to build awareness and dialogue about ‘the root causes of violence and killing.'”
That period of dialogue is scheduled to begin at 6:01 p.m. Friday, the 40th anniversary of King’s death, and end at 10:01 a.m. Sunday.