Target: Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck
Goal: End racial profiling and other racial practices within the Los Angeles police force.
A recent study showed racist profiling within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has spread as far as the canine unit. Every single bite inflicted by the Canine Special Detail in the first six months of 2013 was to a Latino or African American individual. Since it is the officer who determines which neighborhood to enter or which victim to release the dogs on, this is clearly a prejudice manifesting itself from within the LAPD. Demand this police force receive the proper education and training to rid itself of this collective racist mindset.
Recent studies have released unsettling statistics regarding the canine unit of the LAPD. Since 2004, the number of African Americans and Latinos being bitten has risen by 33% and 30% respectively. The majority of bites are happening in less affluent areas with large minority populations. Studies have shown that the crime rates in these areas are dropping, which begs the question of why the number of canine bites has been disproportionately rising. In fact, a few heavily minority areas have seen more police dog attacks than LAPD’s other 21 districts combined.
What makes this worse is the L.A. police department has already been warned by the Justice Department to end the obvious racial profiling. African Americans detained by the LAPD are 76% more likely to be searched and 29% more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. Police Chief Charlie Beck is quoted as saying it’s part of “living in an imperfect world,” rather than being racist. No matter how he or anyone tries to deny it, this is clearly a case of racism which must be stopped. Tell Chief Beck that you support the Justice Department’s decision and that the LAPD needs to cease all racist beliefs and practices immediately.
Dear Chief Beck,
It has come to my attention that the Los Angeles Police Department is actively practicing racial profiling. Recent statistics show that African Americans and Latinos are being targeted for police canine brutality in the L.A. area. This is absolutely unacceptable and must end immediately.
Studies show that since 2004, the percentage of African Americans and Latinos who have been bitten by police dogs has risen 33% and 30% respectively. Additionally, African Americans are 76% more likely to be searched and 29% more likely to be arrested than white detainees. There is no argument with these numbers; clearly the LAPD has an issue with racism.
Please adhere to the Justice Department’s warning to cease racial profiling. It is damaging for your department, your city, and your citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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