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Crime & Justice

State audit slams gang database as erroneous, badly managed




Los Angeles Police Department officers from the 77th Street division detain a twenty-year old
Los Angeles Police Department officers from the 77th Street division detain a twenty-year old "Street Villains" gang member on April 29, 2012.
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The CalGang database is one of the sources police departments rely on to check a suspected gang member’s affiliations, but a state audit released on Thursday has found the system riddled with mistakes and has called for a drastic overhaul.

The database contains over 150,000 names of suspected gang members. But the review finds numerous instances of inaccurate information, and names that should have been taken out but have nonetheless remained.

Furthermore, the report questions whether some of the information included might violate the privacy of those individuals.

Guests:

Peter Bibring, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California and director of police practices for the ACLU of California

Wes McBride, A retired sergeant at the LA County Sheriff’s Gang Unit who co-founded the CalGang database. He is currently the executive director of the California Gang Investigators Association.