LAPD Racial Profiling Is Subject of Police Commission Meeting

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Racial profiling will be in the spotlight Tuesday when Los Angeles police commissioners hear from department brass about a 143-page report that examines how the LAPD and other agencies investigate allegations of biased policing and try to strengthen relationships with residents, says the Los Angeles Times. The meeting at City Hall will also include presentations from community groups and remarks from the public.  It’s unusual for the civilian Police Commission to focus on a single issue during its weekly meetings. One of the board’s newest commissioners, Cynthia McClain-Hill, called for the meeting earlier this fall to take a deeper look at how the LAPD investigates allegations of biased policing, what incoming officers learn about bias during their time in the academy and how supervisors are trained to guard against it.

McClain-Hill, whose directive was unanimously backed by the rest of the commission, stressed that she did not believe most LAPD officers were inherently biased. The goal, she said, was to have a “robust discussion on the topic.” LAPD brass have stressed that they take the allegations seriously. The department report prepared for the meeting included the results of a 2,000-person survey conducted earlier this year to gauge public attitudes about crime, safety and policing in Los Angeles. The report acknowledged a “disparity of perceptions” among residents that was highlighted by the survey. Less than half of the African Americans surveyed said they considered police honest and trustworthy, compared with 74% of white residents, almost 71% of Latinos and about 67% of Asians.

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