Los Angeles Police Department To Try Mediation In Racial Profiling Cases


The Los Angeles Police Department will start an experimental mediation program that would bring officers face-to-face with people who have accused them of racial profiling, the Los Angeles Times reports. The three-year pilot will give an officer accused of racial profiling and his accuser the option in some cases of meeting to discuss the encounter where the alleged profiling occurred. Participation in the meetings will be voluntary for both sides, and volunteers trained by city officials will be neutral mediators. The goal, Commander Rick Webb said, is to have officers and their accusers “stand in each other’s shoes.” The initiative is the latest police effort to rethink the way the department addresses an accusation made hundreds of times each year – that an officer targeted someone for a traffic stop or some other type of detention because of that person’s race. The issue of “biased policing” has dogged the department for years as it has tried to end a reputation of racism and excessive force that is felt in minority communities.

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