Breaking Brown

December 17, 2015

Los Angeles Police Investigate and Dismiss 1,356 Complaints of Racial Profiling

Los Angeles Police Investigate and Dismiss 1,356 Complaints of Racial Profiling

In all of the 1,356 allegations of racial profiling made against the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Commission couldn’t find any evidence profiling.

A Dec. 15 report by the Police Commission investigated racial profiling allegations spanning from 2012 to 2014.

Police Commission president Matt Johnson told reporters, “I don’t think that anybody believes that there are actually no incidents of biased policing. The problem is we don’t have an effective way of really adjudicating the issue,” Quartz reported.

The LAPD isn’t the only police department to fail to hold officers accountable for citizens’ complaints. Chicago police faces similar criticism, the New York Times reported:

The trove of information — thousands of pages of officers’ names and brief descriptions of each civilian complaint against the Chicago police from March 2011 to September 2015 — provides a rare look into the cloistered world of internal police discipline.

For example, the data for 2015 shows that in more than 99 percent of the thousands of misconduct complaints against Chicago police officers, there has been no discipline. From 2011 to 2015, 97 percent of more than 28,500 citizen complaints resulted in no officer being punished, according to the files.

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