Federal and state authorities met yesterday to negotiate reform recommendations for the Los Angeles Police Department, currently under fire for a continually evolving scandal. Since early this year, accusations and confirmations of beatings and shootings of citizens, perjury, drug dealing, and other illegal activities among Los Angeles Police officers have prompted outrage from citizens and political officials. FMF’s National Center for Women and Policing has highlighted the need for reform in the LAPD.
Among the list of demands is a computerized officer tracking system, as well as a revised system for investigating and disciplining officers who violate the law. Despite a 1997 commitment to develop a computerized officer tracking system (with the aid of federal funds), Los Angeles has yet to employ such technology.