Take Action: Help Block LAPD’s Phony Body Cam Program

Justice Not Jails strongly opposes the City of LA's $57 million/five-year funding proposal to supply all officers on patrol with body cams. This super-expensive program—a giveaway of precious tax dollars to Taser International—will advance neither transparency or accountability within the LAPD and may actually suppress both. Reason: There will still be no public access to the video without the police chief's express permission, and cops involved in questionable conduct will be allowed to view … [Read more...]

LAPD & Community: Overcoming Mistrust

Moderator: Sandy Banks, former LA Times columnist Panelists: Holly Mitchell, California State Senator, District 30 Kim McGill, Organizer, Youth Justice Coalition Kathleen Kim, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners Arif Alikhan, Director, LAPD Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016 LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL, MERRIFIELD HALL 919 ALBANY STREET (AT OLYMPIC BLVD) 9:30 am registration & refreshments – Program 10:00 - noon Limited seating, … [Read more...]

‘Maybe We’ll Become an Example for America’

Now in his seventh year in office, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has both built and expanded on the reforms initiated by his predecessor and mentor William J. Bratton, who was LAPD chief from 2002-2009. In the process Beck has become something of a rising star in the reformist wing of American policing—in large part due to his innovative community policing work. Last October he went to the White House with 130 other top law enforcement leaders to meet with President Barack … [Read more...]

ACLU to Justice Department: Don’t Give LAPD Money for Body Cameras

Citing "deep reservations" with the LAPD's body camera policy, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union urged federal officials on Thursday not to give the department money to buy more of the devices. The ACLU's 11-page letter sent to Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning was the latest in which the organization has voiced its concerns about how the Los Angeles Police Department cameras — and their footage — will be used. A key issue: The LAPD has said it doesn't intend to make … [Read more...]

LA’s Top Cops Show Their True Colors: Not Pretty

“It should be clear to everyone that the LAPD and the criminal justice system will hold officers accountable for their actions when they operate outside the law​.​”—LAPD's Charlie Beck, commenting on the sentencing of former officer Mary O'Callaghan ’ve never bought into the notion that the while rest of the ​nation still has to suffer with abusive police practices and ​with recalcitrant, uninspired police leaders, sunny Los Angeles has been singularly blessed by enlightened law enforcement … [Read more...]