The federal Department of Justice says $12.5 million should be paid to victims of racially biased investigations by LA County and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. In the Antelope Valley, thousands of low-income families use federal housing subsidies - known as Section 8.
Some of those residents sued housing authority investigators and other officials for targeting them unfairly in compliance checks. The lawsuit claimed officials "declare[d] 'war' on black and Latino families." The Justice Department agreed that the LA Sheriff's Department and others systematically discriminated against residents. Now, there are negotiations over a dollar-figure for restitution.
Does anyone contest the Justice Department's findings? What will change in Section 8 compliance checks going forward?
Steve Whitmore, Senior Media Advisor, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Reverend V. Jessie Smith, President of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) of the Antelope Valley