The Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective worked to clean up the old Rampart police station on Friday, in honor of International Human Rights Day. The organization hopes to refurbish the rundown station into a service center that gives back to the community.
The Los Angeles Police Department left the building vacant after a ’90s scandal involving the corrupt anti-gang unit of their Rampart division unfolded. Over 70 police officers were tied to wrongdoings, including gratuitous police brutality and shootings, falsifying witness claims and stealing drugs to deal. Until now, only graffiti and trash remained.