Crime & Justice

LAPD commission calls for closer look at racial profiling claims

In this file photo, people protest outside City Hall in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, after the L.A. Police Commission found that the fatal shooting by police of a Redel Jones last year was justified. Activists have long pointed out African-Americans and other minorities are disproportionately targeted by police. The commission called for a closer look at racial profiling Tuesday following an LAPD report that showed the department has not upheld any allegations of biased policing since 2013.
In this file photo, people protest outside City Hall in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, after the L.A. Police Commission found that the fatal shooting by police of a Redel Jones last year was justified. Activists have long pointed out African-Americans and other minorities are disproportionately targeted by police. The commission called for a closer look at racial profiling Tuesday following an LAPD report that showed the department has not upheld any allegations of biased policing since 2013.
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The Los Angeles Police Commission has asked the LAPD to re-examine how it handles complaints of racial profiling after a department report again found no instances of biased policing that could be upheld.

Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill called for the motion Tuesday after hearing the department’s report, which covered 209 allegations of biased policing in the first half of 2016. Biased policing can include profiling based on race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability, among other things.

None of the 209 allegations against officers were sustained. The department found the overwhelming majority were unfounded, and most of the other cases were deemed to have insufficient evidence or were left unresolved.

The department also did not uphold any allegations of biased policing in 2013, 2014 or 2015, according to the report.

“Since 2013, they’ve had 1,517 allegations of bias against the cops, and zero has been sustained. So essentially we’re all a community of liars,” said Hamid Khan, campaign coordinator for the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a group that has accused the department of racial profiling.

Khan told KPCC he can’t believe that virtually every complaint made by the public about racial profiling has been deemed unfounded.

The coalition held a press conference on the steps of City Hall ahead of the commission meeting.

The LAPD on Tuesday also presented to the commission its latest audit of its anti-terrorism reporting program.

Police officials said they found no serious problems, but critics have said complaints unfairly target blacks and people of Middle Eastern descent.

The LAPD is scheduled to report back to the commission on November 1st. You can read its report on biased policing below.