Parties are still happening during pandemic. What is LAPD’s role in enforcing public health rules?

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Despite California banning large gatherings during the pandemic, there were recent parties in Hollywood Hills and at the Sassafras Saloon. LAPD Captain Stacey Spell says the LAPD works to educate, not force compliance, of COVID-19 health mandates. Photo by Pixabay.

Southern California has been relatively quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of a few recent high profile gatherings this week. On Monday, there was a large house party on Mulholland Drive, and neighbors called LAPD, but officers didn’t take action when they arrived around 7 p.m. Much later that night, a shooting broke out. 

There was another party at the Sassafras Saloon, reportedly with dozens of guests, including first responders. 

These gatherings are raising questions about the enforcement of health mandates, including a legally binding order from the LA County Department of Public Health that prohibits gatherings, including parties.

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Guest:
Stacy Spell - Commanding Officer, LAPD Media Relations Division

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel