AirTalk for July 3, 2013

LA Sheriff bristles at Justice Department proposed fine for bias victims

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The Justice Department agreed that the LA Sheriff's Department along others systematically discriminated against residents.

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?

Guests:
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


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