Crime & Justice

LAPD racial profiling persists, critics contend


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Officials of the Los Angeles Police Department have expressed relief that the federal government’s lifted a consent decree that governed the department for eight years.

Although much has improved within the LAPD, civil rights attorney Connie Rice says that many police continue to exercise a form of profiling.

Connie Rice: "The police police differently in high crime zones, and you’ll find African-American officers as well as white officers and Latino officers and Asian officers all change how they police, they do a preemptive policing that I think is actually unconstitutional."

Rice, who has studied patterns of discrimination within the department, spoke with KPCC’s Larry Mantle. She is a member of the Southern California Public Radio board.

The American Civil Liberties Union has also expressed disappointment at the end of the federal consent decree, saying that there’s still too much evidence that skin color makes a difference in who is stopped, questioned, and arrested by the LAPD.