DOJ Complaint Filed on Safer Cities
COMMUNITY ASKS FEDS TO INVESTIGATE LAPD’S
SKID ROW TACTICS
Justice Department Complaint Outlines Rampant Discrimination
and Other Civil Rights Violations
Community residents and groups will file a color of law complaint with the Justice Department this Wednesday, asking federal officials to investigate the Los Angeles Police Department’s Safer Cities Initiative on Skid Row.
New Attorney General Eric Holder recently made a speech about the Justice Department’s role and responsibility in addressing issues of race and discrimination. There is no better example of the intersection of race, poverty, disability and injustice than Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and that’s the message we will take to the Federal Government this week. Community leaders will hold a press conference and then hand deliver their complaint to the local FBI office.
Residents have made every attempt to address this issue on the local level. They have for two years been vocal in their opposition to the Initiative. During that time they conducted numerous delegation meetings to the Mayor’s Office; delivered public testimony to both the Public Safety Committee and entire Los Angeles City Council on numerous occasions; worked with the UCLA School of Law utilizing public records and declarations to clearly illustrate the illegal actions; and, collaborated with the Los Angeles chapter of the ACLU to bring forth a complaint in federal court that found the LAPD — by their own admission — guilty of unconstitutional practices.
All of the protests forced the Los Angeles Police Commission to hold an all-day hearing on the policing in November; however, the injustices continue in broad daylight, on a daily basis, and with reckless abandon. Community groups feel strongly that it’s time for the federal government to step in. The City of Los Angeles must be held accountable to all its citizens and end discriminatory practices.
Press Conference Details:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd.