Predictive Policing

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon begin using data from data-mining company Palantir that will further target police activity and presence in designated “hot spots.”

The data from Palantir will allow the LAPD to identify “chronic offenders,” and subject them to surveillance.

A report released this week by research and activist organization Stop LAPD Spying Coalition shows that only a very small portion of the LA population bears the heaviest burden of police surveillance.

According to the report, only 2% of residents reported that they were stopped by police 11-30 times or more per week on average, while 76% of respondents said they had never been stopped at all.

The population of Los Angeles is approximately 3.976 million, meaning that roughly 79,520 LA residents are being stopped by the police 11-30 times or more per week while the remaining 3.896 million residents live their lives free of harassment.

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Shutting It Down

On March 18, just six days before the worldwide #MarchForOurLives, 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot 20 times while holding a cell phone.

Authorities claim that it appeared as though Clark was holding a gun. He leaves behind two children.

On the evening of March 18, authorities in Sacramento, California were hunting down a car-robbery suspect and were directed via helicopter patrol to the backyard of Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother.

There, they encountered Clark, and shouted, “Put your hands up – gun!” before releasing a hailstorm of bullets.

The officers then waited approximately five minutes before approaching Clark to administer medical attention, and proceeded to handcuff his dead body.

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