Data Reveals Racial Bias in LAPD Policing

The NBC affiliate in Los Angeles covered the recent SCI study on over-policing of LA communities of color. The report shows in part that in South LA, the LAPD stops African Americans three times as often as white and Latino drivers, even though 66% of the population in South LA is Latino.

SCI Director Dr. Erroll Southers told NBC4, “You can’t train, equip and dress people for war and have them go to communities to engage…This is an opportunity and a moment in our history where real change may actually occur. We’re now seeing departments think outside the box. We’re seeing communities hold people more accountable.”

The report is the culmination of the first year of the Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) Criminal Justice Data Initiative, which was launched by SCI, the USC Price Center for Social Innovation and Microsoft.

Watch the full news segment below.

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