ADVISORY: From Community Mapping to “Countering Violent Extremism”: Racial and Religious Profiling By the LAPD

Los Angeles, CA – On Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30pm PT, experts will gather in Los Angeles to discuss the Los Angeles Police Department’s long track record of employing discriminatory policing and surveillance practices in its interactions with Muslims, immigrants, and communities of color under its jurisdiction.
Juvaria Khan, Muslim Advocates
Brendan Charney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Laboni Hoq, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
WHENWednesday, July 25 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
WHERE: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles Community Room, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., First Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
RSVP Requested: Email [email protected] to RSVP.
Our panelists have been at the forefront of efforts aimed at educating communities about the aforementioned troubling practices and have been leaders in calling for government accountability and transparency surrounding the LAPD’s policing and surveillance methods. To this end, they and their organizations have repeatedly taken the LAPD to court in order to force the Department to release public records pertaining to its discriminatory policing efforts.
Join us to learn more about the LAPD practices in question, the steps being taken to combat those practices, and the broader importance of ensuring government accountability through transparency.
In 2007, for example, the Department attempted to create a “community mapping” program that would plot the locations of the city’s Muslim population and conduct extensive searches of each community’s history and social makeup. Although the LAPD abandoned that effort after substantial community pressure, in subsequent years, the Department has continued to rely on a number of methods (e.g., “predictive policing” and drone technology) that have targeted individuals and communities based on their race, national origin, religion, and similar characteristics. Even more recently, the City of Los Angeles is on the cusp of receiving a nearly half-million dollar “Countering Violent Extremism” grant from the federal government, posing a further threat of discriminatory treatment to these same communities.
Rooftop parking is available, and signs will be posted to direct attendees to the lot.