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Police panel: End cop-stop effort

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake However, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has praised the panel as an influential force for reform, and civil rights leader Mack has been a prominent local voice on the issue of racial profiling. The panel voted to forward its comments to the City Council, which will decide how to proceed. The independent monitor overseeing the federal consent decree governing the LAPD said last week that stop data has been difficult to decipher but that racial and ethnic minorities may be subject to disparate treatment. The monitor, Michael Cherkasky of Kroll Inc., suggested adding cameras to all LAPD patrol cars, something the department has long considered but found too costly and logistically difficult. Meanwhile, the city has paid $300,000 to Analysis Group Inc. to crunch the stop data. A new city report recommended narrowing the scope of work to save money and focus on research areas where clear results are more likely. Commissioners Shelley Freeman and Anthony Pacheco both said that the money could be better spent on police car cameras, although installing video equipment in every LAPD car could cost $25 million. Barbara Garrett of the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office said the data is potentially revealing. “I think a statistical analysis can help you identify things people wouldn’t necessarily complain about, where you’re identifying a pattern or practice,” she said. “I believe it will be a value. I don’t believe it will answer the question yes or no.” The Police Commission also heard an update on the status of the computer system for tracking misconduct – a key component of the consent decree compliance. The system, known as TEAMS II, should be in full use by next May, officials said. A federal judge will decide in June whether to extend the consent decree, but oversight officials have said they want to see reforms like TEAMS in place for a substantial period of time before signing off. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles should abandon its long-running effort to analyze reams of data on traffic and pedestrian stops and find a better way to determine if the LAPD engages in racial profiling, several Police Commissioners said Tuesday. Charging that years of costly number-crunching is producing results of questionable value, the commissioners said the money could be better used putting cameras in police cars. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to where we need to be getting on this issue,” said John Mack, the commission president. “Are we going to continue to go down this slippery slope?” The LAPD’s stop-data analysis is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office and City Council, so the Police Commission does not have jurisdiction over the project. last_img read more