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320 Racial Complaints to LAPD; 100% are Cleared

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For the sixth year in a row, complaints of racial profiling towards LAPD officers have all been dismissed, according to the LA Times who reviewed documents from the police department's Internal Affairs Group. In 2007, all 320 cases that allege that officers stopped, questioned or confronted someone because of race, were closed, 80% of them as "unfounded."

And for reactions? As told to the Times:

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"In my mind, there is no such thing as a perfect institution . . . I find it baffling that we have these zeros." ~ Commissioner John Mack, who is African American and the former president of the Los Angeles Urban League.

"This is not a racist department. It is not a homophobic department. It is not a brutal department. Does it have some officers that may be those things? Possibly. But we search very hard for them, and their numbers are very small." ~ LAPD Chief William Bratton

"I am really outraged. They [police commissioners] are using a circular logic that just because someone makes an allegation, then the officer has to be found guilty. That's mid-century thinking. They are supposed to be in a role of leadership. I'm sorry but that is not an attitude of leadership." ~ Tim Sands, president of the police officers union.