Mayor Orders LAPD To Cut Back Traffic Stops After Stopping Too Many Black People

A dozen activist groups have demanded that Mayor Eric Garcetti pull the LAPD Metro Division out of South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered the city’s police force to back off on the number of traffic stops they conduct, after the Los Angeles Times declared that one unit has been pulling over a disproportionate number of African Americans.

“I have directed the Chief of Police to prioritize other elements of our comprehensive crime reduction strategy, beyond vehicle stops, until we learn more — so that we can accelerate the reduction in vehicle stops that has been achieved since they peaked a couple of years ago,” Garcetti said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

“We have made our streets safer with fewer vehicle stops than in recent years, and we have to keep prioritizing what works to both stop crime and strengthen trust,” the mayor added.

The directive was made after the Los Angeles Times published their “findings” that nearly half of the people being pulled over by the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Metropolitan Division have been black.

The African American population in the entire city of Los Angeles is nine percent, but constitute 28 percent of the LAPD’s traffic stops.

Sixty five percent of the motorists stopped in South Los Angeles were black, according to the paper.

That area of the city is 31 percent black.

The number of Metropolitan Division officers doubled in 2015, in an effort to combat violent crime increases in the area through proactive policing tactics.

The number of traffic stops made by the 270-member division increased from approximately 3,000 per year to over 60,000 in 2018.

The Los Angeles Times noted that their review was not proof that law enforcement officers have been racially profiling suspects, but civil rights groups claimed there is no other explanation.

However, no data was provided about the actual rate that black motorists commit violations in relation to other drivers, which could provide an actual explanation.

“To see that echoed in the L.A. Times is cause for alarm, but there is also an opportunity for the LAPD to do something different and change its practices and stop its targeting of African Americans in the city,” Community Coalition CEO Alberto Retana said, calling the findings “gut-wrenching.”

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Melanie Ochoa said that officers actively searching for people who might be violating the law is proof that “harassment and targeted policing are baked into the way [the department] operates,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“They like to claim a straight line from these tactics to a reduction in crime, but we don’t know if it’s actually borne out in practice,” Ochoa added.

On Tuesday, Retana and Ochoa’s groups, along with 10 other activist groups, sent a letter to Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore, Garcetti, and the Police Commission that oversees the LAPD, demanding that the mayor pull the Metropolitan Division out of South Los Angeles, KNBC reported.

“The deployment of the Metropolitan Division has failed to address safety in communities like South Los Angeles, but rather has led to the incarceration and harassment of African American and Latino people, exacerbating racial and wealth disparities,” the letter read, according to KCBS.

LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said that the department plans to speak with the groups about their concerns, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We look forward to meeting with the leaders who make up the Community Coalition to address their concerns identified over strategies we employ to combat violent crime,” Rubenstein said.

But he did not indicate that the division will be leaving South Los Angeles.

“We understand the delicate balance between our enforcement posture and our steadfast commitment to building relationships, engaging the community and enhancing public trust,” he said.

“Identifying and arresting individuals who are responsible for gun violence remains a top priority as in the days ahead we expand our strategies beyond the typical crime suppression tactics involving vehicle stops in our most violence impacted neighborhoods,” Rubenstein added.

The groups have also demanded that South Los Angeles be provided with more community policing, mental health services, and programs for youth.

Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said he has already spoken with Retana, and that they plan to continue their conversation in the near future.

“We get calls all the time from people saying we need a lot more cops, and we get calls from people saying we need less,” Soboroff told the Los Angeles Times. “What’s important is why people feel that way and what we can do to mitigate their feelings and earn their trust.”

The LAPD’s inspector general’s office had already begun auditing the Metropolitan Division’s traffic stops prior to the Los Angeles Times’ story, and plans to release its finding later this year.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) is fighting back against the underlying allegations that officers have been targeting people based on their race.

“Let’s be very clear,” the union said, according to KNBC. “Los Angeles police officers target behavior, not skin color.”

The LAPPL said the Los Angeles Times’ analysis of the Metropolitan Division’s data is “flawed, skewed, and nonsensical,” and that it “demonstrates the implicit bias some possess against reporting facts, put in the appropriate context, about Los Angeles Police Officers and how we do our jobs.”

According to the LAPPL, the paper selected data that aligned with its “preconceived false narrative.”

“That false narrative, promulgated by the Times and its deliberate omission of important contextual data, admittedly zero evidence and any semblance of fair analysis, is designed to paint Metropolitan Division officers as racists who randomly stop black drivers,” the union railed.

“That reckless charge is offensive, it's not true and is one of the worst kinds of lies anyone can tell,” the LAPPL said.

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JBo
JBo

"...other elements of our comprehensive crime reduction strategy..."

I didn't know LA had such a thing. When are they going to start reducing crime with it?

Jenny So
Jenny So

"The African American population in the entire city of Los Angeles is nine percent, but constitute 28 percent of the LAPD’s traffic stops.

Sixty five percent of the motorists stopped in South Los Angeles were black, according to the paper. That area of the city is 31 percent black."

STOP BREAKING THE LAW.

Panzerman56
Panzerman56

Early 70s left shit hole California

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

My advice to LEO's in response to LA's mayor's order: sit back, enjoy your shift, have some coffee and donuts! Let HIM be responsible for the increase in the rise of crime! Why put your butts and lives on the line? Draw your (small) paycheck and go home to those who appreciate you made it home safely! #truferblue

jakesj40
jakesj40

So the ACLU wants to take away the right of free speech to show that Blacks are the biggest crime problem in L.A. . Interesting view on anti free speech. Blacks could quit committing crime, that would got down the arrest rate.

Mzme
Mzme

Dont commit crimes and you won't get pulled over...

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Only 9% of LA population is black. 28% of tickets are going to blacks. So it doesn’t matter who is breaking the law, the only thing that matters is not going over the 9% and letting the blacks get away with it. As usual the loud squeaky wheel is getting the grease. Are they going to let the blacks speed by and wait for a white or Mexican driver to ticket? Another illogical zero common sense decision from a liberal politician.

merlin9
merlin9

Quit policing in South Central. Period. Give them what they asked for. Let's see how that works for them.

stooge819
stooge819

Drive, smile, and wave. Oh and drink coffee.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Statistically speaking, blacks commit an overwhelming amount of crimes, especially violent ones. Traffic stops have always been an effective tool, so to limit or stop traffic stops simply because it offends a segment of society that always seems to be offended by one thing or another, is dumb. But then again we are talking about politicians.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

I agree with USA9000. Pull police from South Central and put extra protection in the other communities. Let them do what they do in South Central. Keep it in South Central. Dare them to try it in the other communities. Maybe then, Mayor D__bass will be happy. Fewer cops hurt or killed. Other communities safer.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Blacks have Black Race Privilege. They are People of Privileged Pigmentation. This is just another example of it.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

" However, no data was provided about the actual rate that black motorists commit violations in relation to other drivers, which could provide an actual explanation"

The statistical data will likely support why they are pulled over at a disproportionate rate. Crime trends show that Blacks commit a hugely disproportionate amount of overall crime as it relates to >any < group. Why should it be different in their operation of their motor vehicles? Logic would follow this path. Blacks operate in a fantasy - that laws do not apply to them. If they cry "racist " loud and long then others will back away. If they don't get their own way they will "act up". They have a history of acting as ignorant ,immature spoiled children. No municipal (or state or federal) government should be caving to the pushing of preferred agendas by any group. You will then ensure that all are treated equitable. If you think blacks are getting away with these ways realize that they are now "painting themselves into a corner". Each episode shows others who seeing that it doesn't pay to patronize them. Each action is more of a wake up call to the general public to question why any privileged treatments are considered acceptable. As the general public becomes more aware of the observed behaviors and insists any infractions are enforced equitably then maybe blacks will change their behaviors...and if not they will face the consequences of their lawless actions just as anyone else does. No sympathies.

LanetaJane16
LanetaJane16

This is stupidity at its best.....I would like this mayor to go out several days in a row with a cop and see what his job is like. So too many blacks are being ticketed...wow that really is a good excuse to stop giving tickets. Maybe it's because they are the ones committing crimes, dah. I am appalled at the leadership in Southern Calif.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Black crime entitlement!!! All we have to do is whine and cry and we will get away with it.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

NOPD once had a chief who informed the patrol division 1 warning ticket was better than 100 traffic citations. Guess what happened ... for a couple months hardly a traffic citation was issued. The accompanying number of arrests associated with traffic stops also dried up. Wasn't long before he changed his policy.

The LA Chief is going to have the very same experience ... cops will drive in circles all day, go home at the end of their shift refreshed and laugh all the way to the bank with their paychecks. What an idiot!!!

NickyJ
NickyJ

I am Italian & have dark skin does this mean I won’t get a ticket

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Must be ramping up for re election? As and LEO, a violation is a violation, and a crime is a crime. If they happen to be black? So be it. White? So be it. Old young hot or ugly? So be it. Asian or Hispanic or anyone else? Guess what? SO BE IT! Fucking mayor needs to be replaced. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, guess what!? It ain’t no damn fruit bat! “9 percent of black people are 26 percent of traffic stops.” Why Couldn’t it be stated that all of these people committing these traffic violations are all breaking the law? What’s the other 74 percents ethnicity? Fucking ridiculous. Yet no other ethnicity complains. ACLU can kiss my ass. Instead of bitching about things they should hold meetings on how to act towards police, in public, and how NOT to draw attention to themselves especially by Police..........But then again, we LEOs are just that good!!! Oh yeah, we’ll find your asses!!! Boom! mic drop. Peace out...... LOL

Stanracer
Stanracer

Once again...the liberal, bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, anti-police media are spreading lies and half truths to stir the pot. This war on the police needs to stop.👎

Maudie
Maudie

Pull them out. In a year or two these same groups will accuse police of leaving black neighborhoods vulnerable to criminals and gangs.

JohnP
JohnP

Garcetti is a buffoon. Has been and always will be. He laughably consider a run for president in 2020. What a moron.

Caddis
Caddis

No problem. Just stop doing police work. It still pays the same.

Dschick
Dschick

He is "we tall did" for sure

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

Just want to point out we had a "African American" (black) president who was actually 50% caucasian. People can claim ANY ethnicity on census forms. No one has to submit DNA or genealogy. So how does the LA Times have "findings" of the percentage of blacks? Furthermore how did they determine what ethnicity was a included on a traffic stop for that matter? Here's a thought. These officers pulled over PEOPLE breaking the law. Let's end this race card as most people don't know their percentage of ethnicity. Law enforcement is about enforcing LAWS! Stop breaking the law!

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

A large portion of [all] criminals aren't caught actually committing the crime. Usually, it's for something minor such as running a stop sign, speeding, equipment violations, etc. so race isn't a factor. But, don't stop ANYONE for that now. Don't want racial selectivity!