LA Police Commission Agrees To Mediation Program To Address Racial Profiling

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A mediation program, aimed at addressing racial profiling complaints lodged against Los Angeles Police Department officers, has been agreed to by the city’s Police Commission.

The “biased policing” mediation program, which will take three years, will reportedly involve voluntary and confidential conversations between officers and members of the public who feel they were stopped in traffic or detained due to their race.

Volunteer mediators will facilitate the discussions as part of a yet-to-be finalized agreement. Neither current nor former police officers will be allowed to serve as mediators.

A member of the police departments internal affairs group will reportedly work with the city attorney’s dispute resolution team in order to further develop the pilot program.

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