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From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 3 09:36:55 2022
By Louis Casiano
Published March 2, 2022
Los Angeles police officers will now have to explain their reasons for
making so-called "pretextual stops" as part of a policy adopted Tuesday
aimed at preventing the LAPD from stopping people for minor infractions
in an effort to initiate a larger investigation for bigger crimes.
The move was unanimously approved by the five-member Los Angeles Police Commission. A pretextual stop is when officers stop pedestrians,
motorists and bicyclists for minor violations to investigate other
crimes not related to the violation, according to the commission
Under the new policy, officers can conduct a pretextual stop if they
are acting on "articulable information" in addition to the violation,
not "a mere hunch or on generalized characteristics." Officers will
also be required to explain the reason for the stop on their body
cameras, which should also record their response to questions from the
Failure to follow the procedure will result in "progressive discipline, beginning with counseling and retraining," the agenda said.
Commission President William Briggs criticized the use of such stops,
saying they often harm people of color.