Racial profiling at Trade Tech College
OW Staff | 1/9/2008, 5 p.m.
According to a report released Monday by the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), a drug raid by the L.A. County Sherifff's Department at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC)on Oct. 17, 2007 was a case of racial profiling.
The report found that deputies detained 33 black students because of their race, one Latino student was also detained.
The Sheriff's Department were reportedly looking for drug dealers when the incident took place.
LACCD district chancellor Mark Drummond said, "The findings of the district's investigation have substantiated the allegations of racial profiling by the Sheriff's Department personnel."
The district has issued a new policy governing the Sheriff's department policing activities on its nine campuses.
On Tuesday, Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke issued the following statement, "...Allegations of racial profiling were raised immediately, and I contacted the Sheriff to obtain information on the tactics and methods used by his deputies in this incident. He assured me that this was not an incident of racial profiling...The Board of Trustees has now found, through an internal investigation, that this incident did involve racial profiling by the deputies of the Sheriff's Department. If this is the case, we must engage immediately in steps to address the actions of the Sheriff's deputies and the policies of the Sheriff's Department. If this is not the case, then the Sheriff's Department, when practical, must make its operations more transparent, or perhaps better communicate with all parties involved."
During Tuesday's Supervisor's meeting, Burke moved to direct the Office of Independent Review to conduct an independent investigation and assessment of the events concerning this incident. The motion, which passed, calls for a written report to the Board of Supervisors within 90 days.