On March 23, 2017, a laser engraved my name on my bumper, the same day a federal judge in the southern district of California ruled in my favor against the city of Los Angeles over the Los Angeles Police Department’s unconstitutional use of deadly force against me.
Los Angeles, like many cities across the country, has a “zero tolerance” policy on the use of force, with some police departments even making it a requirement for officers to be wearing body cameras.
But in contrast to the rest of the nation, L.A. does not require officers to wear cameras or record their actions.
Instead, they can record everything, including police interactions, in their police dashboard cameras.
This is how Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck described the city’s “zero-tolerance” policy in an interview with Fox News last month: “They will be there on a regular basis.”
I have long been a proponent of using body cameras to record all police interactions.
I have never personally been shot by a police officer, and I have spent the better part of the last year documenting a number of police encounters with officers in my community.
However, despite these efforts, I cannot believe that the Los Angels Police Department, which has a zero tolerance policy, will allow me to wear body cameras during the use-of-force investigation.
The LAPD has been at the forefront of this movement, which began when activists in my city successfully protested the use by the LAPD of lethal force against a Black man named Eric Garner.
In 2015, then-Chief Beck announced that the department would use “community engagement and training” to “ensure the community has access to this data.”
The LAPD had already begun implementing these reforms in 2015 when they announced the implementation of the “community Engagement” policy.
However it was the implementation in 2016 that drew my attention.
In March, after a three-day hearing in front of a grand jury, a grand total of seven LAPD officers were indicted on charges of killing Eric Garner, a Black adult, while he was being arrested on Staten Island for selling loose cigarettes.
In an incident that took place in February, officers allegedly used excessive force on a Black pedestrian and a Black woman walking to the subway stop at East 59th Street and Broadway.
After the grand jury returned its indictment, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey released a report detailing the police department’s use of excessive force in the Garner case.
Lacey also announced the department’s intention to launch a “community accountability” review, to be overseen by the district attorney, and an “independent” commission to conduct an independent investigation into the department and its policies and procedures.
The investigation is expected to result in a report by May 1.
L.D.G.A.’s Community Engagement Plan The report, released by L.L.A., did not address the use and impact of body cameras, but instead addressed the “engagement” program the department was conducting with its officers.
LDA’s Community Engaging Plan, developed by LACHS, is a plan that has been adopted by all police departments across the nation.
The plan, which was developed in response to a public outcry after the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, requires police departments to develop a “Community Engagement Program” that aims to “address the critical issues of community engagement, trust, accountability, and partnership.”
It was announced in September 2017 that the L.GASD would adopt the program as part of a “reform” of their policies.
LACTS Community Engagagement Program As I have previously written, LACLS Community Engagement Program has the potential to be an “invisible hand” that can be used to make an impact on the way police interact with the community.
LASD officers have been involved in a number incidents over the years where they have used excessive and unjustified force.
For example, in 2017, Los Angelenos protested a shooting death by police officers in Santa Monica.
As the protests grew larger, Los Angles Police Chief Charlie Harteau announced that LASDs use of lethal Force policy would be reviewed, and he promised a new plan would be implemented to ensure that all police encounters were recorded and “audited” by LASDS officers.
In a January 2017 interview with The Daily Beast, Harteaf said, “We’ve been very good at engagement.
We have a zero-tolerant policy.
The community engagement program is the only thing that we have.
We’re going to make sure that all encounters are documented, and we’re going, you know, audited.”
As I detailed in my blog on the case, there are many documented cases in which LASd officers have killed Black citizens, including the killing of Rodney King.
LAPD officers have also engaged in deadly force on Black citizens in other situations.
The Los Angeles Times published