Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday called for an audit of stops by the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division in response to a Times investigation showing the unit pulled over black drivers at disproportionately high rates.
Garcetti said the report, which found that Metro officers stop black drivers at a rate more than five times their share of the population, is “something that troubles me and is deeply concerning.”
“Trust is essential to our public safety, and every Angeleno deserves to be offered dignity and respect,” Garcetti said at a press conference Monday morning on 2018 crime statistics.
Garcetti added that he spends a lot of time with Metro officers — his bodyguards come from the division — and admires their “courage and commitment.”
Police Chief Michel Moore credited the expansion of Metro in 2015, which deployed crime-suppression platoons to high-crime areas, with helping to reduce violent crime, the Los Angeles Times reports.