U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch Talks Technology, Transparency During LAPD Visit

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U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck chat during opening night of the city’s Summer Night Lights program at Highland Park Recreation Center on June 29, 2016. Her visit to L.A. was part of a six-city tour. (Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

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Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch ended her latest nationwide tour with a stop at the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday, looking at how police use technology to prevent crimes and interact with residents.

Protesters stood outside the city’s emergency operations center where Lynch spent part of Wednesday afternoon, urging her to take a critical look at the department she was visiting and criticizing recent deadly shootings by police. Inside, Lynch met with LAPD brass to discuss how the department uses body cameras, social media and other tech-driven initiatives.

Lynch noted the role that social media and other technologies have played in “illuminating the challenges and the tensions” between law enforcement and communities across the country. Agencies, she said, must find a way to use technology to not only protect residents but also allow for “meaningful interaction and input” into policing.

“One of the issues that we really are struggling with is transparency,” she said. “How do we use all the technology we have to be as transparent as possible?”

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