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Drone Free LAPD! Meeting: Join us! Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm for our Drone Free LAPD No Drones LA! Meeting- at LA CAN 838 E.6th Street DTLA (x-street Gladys)
General Coalition Meeting: Join us! Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30pm for our Monthly Coalition Meeting- Location TBA
Join Us- Tuesday Feb 24th at 9:00am at the LAPD Board of Police Commissioners- located at 100 W. 1st. Los Angeles, 90012. The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition will attend the commission’s weekly meeting to speak out and expose the Commissioners regarding their continuing dismissal and lack of response to community concerns regarding the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The function and role of the Board of Police Commissioners officially states: “The Commissioners’ concerns are reflective of the community-at-large, and their priorities include implementing recommended reforms, improving service to the public by the Department, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and initiating, implementing and supporting community policing programs.”
Yet on several occasions when communities across Los Angeles have brought to the commission’s attention LAPD’s programs, policies, and enforcement practices that continue to violate human and civil rights of residents of Los Angeles, the commission has repeatedly denied communities’ requests to investigate and take action.
Following are some of the recent examples of the commission’s
failure to act upon Los Angeles communities’ concerns:
On January 27, 2015 the Office of Inspector General released the audit of LAPD Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program for the fiscal year 2013-2014. The audit revealed disproportionately high numbers of SARs filed on Los Angeles’ Black communities The police commission denied any evidence of racial profiling and rubber stamped the audit.
On January 14 and 15, 2015 the commission held two community meetings on the use of body cameras by LAPD. The community meetings turned out to be a sham, where the question to the community in attendance was not whether people in Los Angeles agree or disagree on the use of body cameras by LAPD – that was a foregone conclusion by the commission. The police commission refused to listen to the community.
At the end of May 2014 Angelen@s found out that LAPD received two Dragan Flyer X6 drones. Chief Charlie Beck in response to public outcry claimed that the LAPD was working with the American Civil Liberties Union on a policy for drones but this was a LIE. On September 15th the police commission stated they were involved in community outreach regarding drones. The Coalition sent a letter requesting to know the dates and times when community outreach occurred but received instead an admission by the police commission that no community outreach occurred and in fact the police commission also lied.
In April 2014 it was revealed that LAPD officers sabotaged antennas on LAPD squad cars which provide feed to squad car video cameras and microphones. 90 out of 300 squad cars had this equipment sabotaged and 85 of them were in the south east bureau where overwhelming majority are people of color. Chief Beck knew of this but did not share this information with the Police commission until much later. The police commission failed to investigate and take any action in regard to this gross violation.
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Drone Free- LAPD/ No Drones, LA!
The Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA Campaign is currently working to collect thousands of signatures on paper and online. Please sign the petition online and also send it to your friends!
We’re seeking the community’s input over LAPD’s newly developed drone arsenal. Please take a short moment to fill out this survey, which will inform our organizing moving forward. Visit this link to answer a few short questions.
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