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We evaluated the police in California.

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Police Department: Los Angeles
F 38%

Police violence

Grade: F  |  35% ? +7%

Police Use of Force By Year

Less-Lethal Force

Using batons, strangleholds, tasers & other weapons

1,942 Incidents  |  62.0 every 10k arrests  |  -40%

^  Used More Force per Arrest than 46% of Depts   

Deadly Force

118 Shootings & 79 other deaths or serious injuries

197 Incidents  |  6.3 every 10k arrests  |  +8%

^  Used More Deadly Force per Arrest than 72% of Depts   

Police Shootings Where Police Did Not Attempt Non-Lethal Force Before Shooting

83% of Shootings (98/118)

 

Where Police say they saw a gun but no gun was found

20% of Guns "Perceived" were Never Found (13/64)

 

People Killed or Seriously Injured

55 Deaths, 111 Serious Injuries

42% were Unarmed  |  31% had a Gun

166
People Killed or Seriously Injured

Police Violence by race

Black Latinx API Other White

City Population

8%
49%
12%
28%

People Arrested

30%
47%
6%
17%

People Killed or Seriously Injured

28%
51%
16%

^  More Racial Bias in Arrests and Deadly Force than 77% of Depts   

Policies Adopted to Limit Use of Force *
* Agency Currently Updating Policy

Requires De-Escalation
Bans Chokeholds / Strangleholds
Duty to Intervene
Requires Warning Before Shooting
Bans Shooting at Moving Vehicles
Requires Comprehensive Reporting
Requires Exhaust Alternatives Before Shooting
Has Use of Force Continuum

Police Accountability

Grade: F  |  12% ? -3%

Total civilian complaints

7,596 Reported  |  5% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Use of Force Complaints

2,339 Reported  |  1% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints of Police Discrimination

1,425 Reported  |  0% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

1,434 Reported  |  6% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Policies Making It Harder to Hold Police Accountable

Disqualifies Complaints
Restricts / Delays Interrogations
Gives Officers Unfair Access to Information
Limits Oversight / Discipline
Requires City Pay for Misconduct
Erases Misconduct Records

Approach to Policing

Grade: D+  |  68% ? -2%

Arrests By Year

Arrests for Low Level Offenses

208,339 Misdemeanor Arrests  |  17.1 per 1k residents

^  Higher Misdemeanor Arrest Rate than 42% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Misdemeanors ( 64% )

Drug Possession ( 6% )

Violent Crime ( 12% )

Homicides Unsolved

1,625 Homicides from 2013-18  |  345 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 44% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 55% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 47% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 27% )

Police Funding in 2018

$1,578,265,278 (17% of Budget)  |  $403 per Resident

Police $1.6B Health $9.9M Housing $211M

 

^ More Police Funding than 70% of Depts   

2016-2018 California
Police Department Grades

About This Scorecard

This is the first statewide Police Scorecard in the United States. It was built using data from California's OpenJustice database, public records requests, national databases and media reports.

methodology Source Data

 

Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of misdemeanor arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to limit police use force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.

 

Here's how to start pushing for change:

 

  • Contact your Mayor and Police Chief, share this scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    Advocacy Tip:  California's new deadly force law goes into effect in January - requiring departments to adopt more restrictive deadly force policies. Tell your Mayor and Police Chief to adopt a policy that explicitly requires police to exhaust all available alternatives prior to using deadly force.  Research shows this policy saves lives.
  • Find your US Senator and US Representative using the Campaign Zero Advocacy Tool and urge them to support the PEACE Act, which would require police departments to adopt policies requiring de-escalation and alternatives to deadly force, a change that would reduce police shootings nationwide.
    Campaign Zero Advocacy Tool

 

If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Project Lead, Samuel Sinyangwe.