Report: Los Angeles PD Searches Black, Latino Drivers More than Whites in Traffic Stops

Some members of the Los Angeles Police Commission said Tuesday the LAPD may need to review some of its policing strategies in light of a report that officers more frequently search black and Latino people during traffic stops than white people.

“It’s important that … we acknowledge the role that policing has played and continues to play in justice and discrimination and that we face head-on the adverse impact that some of these policing strategies are having on people of color, and in particular black men in south L.A.,” Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith said.

Commissioner Steve Soboroff said the board could argue over the statistics reported by the Los Angeles Times, but examining the department’s policing policies would be a better path forward.