LAPD drops program that sought to predict crime amid bias accusations

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — It was a contentious Los Angeles Police Commission meeting as protesters disrupted a number of speakers.

The issue is a controversial data-driven program that tried to identify persons likely to commit violent crimes. Opponents such as Pete White from the Los Angeles Community Action Network say it targeted minority communities.

“The chief would dare say this was just an experiment, it was just an experiment. The thing that he calls an experiment for us is ways we have to save our lives,” says White.

Since 2011 the LAPD has used several data programs like PredPol or predictive policing. Some of these programs would identify crime hot spots and possibly people involved. But the department found inconsistency in how they were being used.

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