Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti calls for audit of elite LAPD unit over stops of black drivers

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday called for an audit of stops by the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division in response to a Times investigation showing the unit pulled over black drivers at disproportionately high rates.

Garcetti said the report, which found that Metro officers stop black drivers at a rate more than five times their share of the population, is “something that troubles me and is deeply concerning.”

“Trust is essential to our public safety, and every Angeleno deserves to be offered dignity and respect,” Garcetti said at a news conference Monday morning on 2018 crime statistics.

According to the Times analysis, nearly half the drivers stopped by Metro are black, in a city that is 9% black, which has helped drive up the share of blacks stopped by the LAPD overall from 21% to 28% since the Metro expansion.