Community Groups Demand Los Angeles PD Address ‘Biased’ Policing

A coalition of community groups gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters today calling for changes to the agency’s policing policies in response to a report that officers searched black and Latino drivers during traffic stops far more often than white motorists.

Members of the PUSH L.A. Coalition and other organizations said they were sending letters to LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti demanding changes in traffic-stop policies and calling for a formal apology from the chief and acknowledgment that racial profiling exists within the department.

“We’re not talking about individual attitudes or how an individual officer feels, we’re talking about systematic policies by this department that need to change, (policies) that target our community,” said Alberto Retana, president and CEO of Community Coalition.