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Data on police use of force is notoriously hard to come by. But in an investigation for LAist, Aaron Mendelson found and broke down the numbers — and his report should surprise exactly no one. According to the state of California, law enforcement officers in L.A. used force on Black Angelenos at a higher rate than any other racial group.

"The racial disparities are a natural outcome of this entire system that we've created," civil rights attorney Connie Rice told Aaron.

Police shootings tend to get the most attention, but the most common type of force used against Black people in L.A. is physical force, including kicks and punches.

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And lest you think that somehow doesn't sound as bad, in order to qualify for the state database that Aaron combed, those kicks and punches have to represent "substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ.”

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Jessica P. Ogilvie


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