About Special Order 1

What is LAPD Special Order 1?

Issued in January 2012, LAPD Special Order (SO) 1 is a revised version of SO 11 which was originally issued in March 2008. SO 1 is a policy directive by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck that infringes on privacy and civil liberties, and essentially legitimizes spying by local law enforcement and promotes racial profiling…. read more


What is the campaign to rescind Special Order 1? 

The campaign to rescind LAPD Special Order (SO) 1 is housed at Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN) located in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles. The goal of the campaign is to raise community awareness and build a grass root campaign to ultimately rescind SO 1…. read more


What are the guiding principles for the campaign?

In order to build an intersectional campaign that is inclusive of diverse communities, it is necessary to debunk and demystify the “national security” rhetoric used by the U.S. government as a justification to spy on people and unjustly criminalize them….read more


Who is targeted by SO 1?

Everyone is a potential target! The campaign goes beyond SO 1’s impact upon “usual suspects/targets” of our times, meaning communities that have been recently targeted by the national security apparatus as potential suspects of terrorism…. read more


What are the long-term implications of SO 1?  Why should we all be concerned?

LAPD Special Order 1 is the latest tool in the long standing tradition of creating the “other” and justifying unlimited power of the government to protect “us” from the “other.”  Furthermore, the post 9/11 environment has seen a rapid increase in unlimited government powers…. read more


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