Community Groups Rally Outside LAPD Headquarters After Report Shows Racial Profiling

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In response to a Times analysis showing that Los Angeles police officers search black and Latino motorists far more often than whites, a coalition of community groups is calling for the LAPD to drastically scale back on traffic stops.

The PUSH LA coalition, which includes Blacks Lives Matter, the ACLU of Southern California and other local groups, wants an immediate moratorium on pretextual stops, in which officers use a minor violation such as a broken taillight to stop a vehicle and look for more serious wrongdoing.

The coalition also is calling for the LAPD to admit that it has engaged in racial profiling, to apologize to people who have been unlawfully stopped and searched, to offer financial reparations and to fire problem officers.

The demands were outlined in a letter sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Michel Moore on Wednesday. The letter repeated an earlier call for the LAPD’s elite Metropolitan Division to withdraw from South L.A., which had come from some coalition members in January after an earlier Times analysis showed that Metro disproportionately stops black drivers.

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