Last Thursday, September 5th, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition took its campaign to dismantle the Los Angeles Police Department’s spying apparatus to the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. Over 35 community members let the Commissioners know we expect them to take a stance against police spying by holding public hearings. Elders, youth, people of color, workers, students, the unhoused, all came and spoke out against Special Order 1, Suspicious Activity Reporting, and iWATCH. Together, these voices spoke the truth that police surveillance wastes resources; creates a culture of suspicion; legitimates racial profiling; and invades privacy.
Our demand remains clear: The Human Relations Commission MUST hold public hearings on these policies as soon as possible. The commission must make a decision on our demand at their next meeting in early October (Save the Date–more info to come!).
Come to the next Stop LAPD Spying Coalition meeting on Tuesday, September 17th, at 6:30pm. We’ll be meeting at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center located at 675 S. Parkview Ave., LA 90057 adjacent to MacArthur Park. There will also be an in-depth presentation: “LAPD Surveillance 101” about the scope and extent of the LAPD spying programs, and what we can do to stop it.