Paper Profiles L.A.’s ‘Throwback’ School Police Force


L.A. Weekly profiles the 340-officer Los Angeles School Police Department, which writer Max Taves describes as “a tiny, little-watched and never-reformed force that operates far below the radar of most Angelenos yet has the power to pull over, question or arrest almost any resident – student or adult – in a 710-square-mile area.” The story focuses in part on Ian Mitchell King, a lewd school cop who who eventually was convicted of sexual assault.

The paper said its 10-month investigation, based on interviews and 1,400 pages of records, found that the obscure police force is mired in a throwback police culture that encourages a “code of silence.” Its top brass have failed to heed sharp private warnings against letting its woefully undersupervised cops patrol L.A.'s streets far beyond school boundaries. The LAUSD Board of Education has long known something was rotten at its police division. Former Chief Wesley Mitchell resigned under pressure in 2002 after thousands of porn downloads were found on his computers.

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