The independent after-action report conducted by the public safety experts at Hillard Heintze, a Jensen Hughes company, found that the La Mesa Police Department was ill-prepared for the unprecedented level of civil unrest that occurred on May 30, 2020. Our consultants spent several months in La Mesa interviewing city workers, elected officials, public safety employees, business owners, members of the La Mesa Citizens Public Safety Oversight Task Force and residents to glean insight for the after-action report. The assessment included reviews of the La Mesa Police Department’s policies, procedures, and training and offered specific recommendations related to de-escalation, use of force, crowd control, community engagement and cultural competency. Click the button below to download the full report.