To: US Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Lynch: America’s Most Murderous Police Force Doesn’t Deserve Awards!

Tell United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the LAPD is NOT a model police force and should not be recognized and awarded.

Why is this important?

The US Department of Justice has chosen the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to receive an award for model policing, citing its exemplary use of “Technology and Social Media.” However, with 21 people killed in 2015 – more than any other law enforcement agency in the country – along with one of the nation’s most intrusive surveillance programs, LAPD should not be getting awards, they should be getting a federal investigation. Tell United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch that LAPD is NOT a model police force and should not be recognized and awarded.

In 2015, President Obama convened the “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing” following several high profile cases of police misconduct and the killing of unarmed Black citizens. The task force issued recommendations for ways police departments should improve accountability, transparency, and community relationships. Six police departments from across the country, including LAPD, were identified as models of 21st Century Policing. Later in June, Attorney General Lynch will visit Los Angeles to recognize LAPD. Urge her to reconsider.

LAPD has a long and deep history of corruption that continues in their current practices. In 2015 LAPD was the most murderous law enforcement agency in the nation, killing 21 people, many of whom were unarmed people of color and/or people with mental health challenges. Officers who kill people are rarely fired or disciplined, and not one has been criminally charged in these killings. Moreover, with one of the nation’s largest urban homeless populations, LAPD has adopted practices that criminalize homelessness, citing and arresting individuals for having their possessions on the streets.

The irony of LAPD receiving an award for “Technology and Social Media” is particularly outrageous. LAPD operates a massive surveillance, spying, and infiltration program, gathering vast amounts of data on the City’s residents. LAPD uses body cameras, automatic license plate readers, street cameras, Stingray devices and DRT boxes (used to track cell phones and jam signals). They also have two drones in their arsenal of military style hi-tech weaponry. Pervasive police misconduct has been documented with officers tampering with in-car recording equipment, breaking police car antennae used to monitor them, and creating Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) on residents who engage in activities as innocent as taking photographs in public; Black people, people of color, and poor people are particularly targeted.

A growing number of Angelenos are recognizing LAPD’s repressive tactics and are calling for the firing of the police chief in a #FireBeck campaign. Tell Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to award one of the most authoritarian and delinquent police forces in the nation. Other police departments should not be encouraged to emulate LAPD. In fact, its policies, practices, and procedures should be recommended for federal intervention, not cited for excellence.


Reasons for signing

  • The culture of police brutality leads right up to the desks at the L. A. Police Commission. I'm appalled by the disrespectful and dehumanizing treatment of Mr. Tut Hayes at last week's hearing, and at the general tone and culture of the Commission's public hearings in general, which reflect a broad disdain and dangerous callousness toward people of color in Los Angeles. This cannot stand.
  • The way the police treat community members prove they are not a model to follow!
  • People of color are treated unfairly by the LAPD and they need to be held accountable.

Updates

2016-07-05 13:14:56 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2016-06-29 11:26:50 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2016-06-27 14:19:57 -0700

500 signatures reached

2016-06-25 11:37:18 -0700

100 signatures reached

2016-06-25 01:05:34 -0700

50 signatures reached

2016-06-25 00:11:21 -0700

LAPD and it's oversight body did THIS to an 81 year-old man for speaking "off topic" during public comments just last week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0PROISAAZw

2016-06-24 19:04:42 -0700

25 signatures reached

2016-06-24 17:28:17 -0700

10 signatures reached