Check out how police reformers are working to increase LAPD's bureaucracy, training budgets, and data collection:
Background: starting this July, LAPD convened several reform professionals, Obama administration officials, and nonprofit executives as an "Advisory Committee on Building Trust and Equity." LAPD announced this as "groundbreaking reforms."
This committee recently sent LAPD a draft of proposed reforms. Nearly every single proposal increases police bureaucracy, data collection/sharing, and training. The rest is naive platitudes like this:
They even propose surveillance bureaucracy laws like what @STOPSpyingNY enacted this summer in New York and @ACLU is pushing nationally (aclu.org/legal-document…)
Surveillance bureaucracy like that expands policing. @stoplapdspying wrote about this in June stoplapdspying.org/wp-content/upl…, and we also put out this lovely zine:
For an example of this, see how the Advisory Committee talks about predictive surveillance: they ask LAPD to "eliminate" it, "prohibit" use of AI in it, and also require transparency/hearings "prior to using it." How the fuck do you all three of those?
It might seem absurd to think you can at same time "prohibit" something while also "using" it. But that's the whole idea of these surveillance bureaucracy laws: pretend to restrict surveillance while in fact creating pathways for it. stoplapdspying.org/wp-content/upl…
Here's another good one, on pretextual stops: the Advisory Committee proposes "just follow the law! What that is we don't know, but we hope you finally start to follow it"

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20 Nov
LAPD just released a $1.86 billion budget proposal for 2021-22. Their 2020-21 appropriatiton was $1.72 billion, so this is a $136 million increase. It would be their biggest budget ever. lapdpolicecom.lacity.org/112420/BPC_20-…
LAPD's budget makes up over half of the city's discretionary spending, and they're asking for this increase at a moment when the city faces a $600 million revenue shortfall and will be slashing other spending.
LAPD is claiming this $136 million increase "is a bare bones approach" of "only those items the LAPD considers essential."
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Chicago just shut down a “predictive" policing experiment that started in 2012. This report about has a bunch of alarming details about it, including info other cities have kept secret about their similar programs: igchicago.org/wp-content/upl…
Chicago used algorithmic risk scores to run a program literally called “TRAP,” which targetted people for “enhanced prosecution" if police thought they had “propensity” for future crime
Arrests for minor traffic offenses including speeding (which can be some of the most discriminatory and arbitrary forms of policing) could raise your propensity “score” and lead police to target you again
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