Local activists call for the firing of Long Beach’s city manager and police chief

Just one week after a group of about 20 marched from city hall to the Long Beach Police Department to demand the firing of Police Chief Robert Luna, another group of nearly the same size with similar demands held a press conference in front of city hall Tuesday. Much like last Tuesday’s protest, this press conference was inspired by Al Jazeera’s Sept. 18 article, which revealed that LBPD has been using the messaging app Tiger Text on numerous phones issued by the department to discuss case information. The service deletes messages after recipients see them, and they are not recoverable through forensic analysis. Local activist organizations such as Stop LAPD Spying and the Long Beach chapters of both Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Socialists of America initially took to a nearly vacant Long Beach City Council special meeting to voice their demands. As the council met behind closed doors for a performance review of City Manager Patrick West, activists gathered outside. The rally began and concluded with a chant that made their demands clear — “delete Chief Luna, delete Pat West, cut P.D.’s budget and reinvest!” “The use of Tiger Text to discard evidence is not the first sign