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Los Angeles Blacks Targeted, Justice Department Says

By//Andrea Watson

After a two-year investigation, it has been discovered that blacks living in public housing in two desert cities northeast of Los Angeles were subjected to unnecessary stops and seizures by sheriff deputies, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

Federal authorities had been gathering evidence of the alleged racial targeting by Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Departments in Mojave Desert, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Allegedly, some deputies would even use unnecessary force after the individual was handcuffed. The department released this information Friday, June 28.

Preliminary agreements have been made between the government and Los Angeles County to make changes to the way officers handle minorities in Antelope Valley.

Some training and use-of-force policies will be revised, along with requesting officers to participate in community meetings. Deputies will also start carrying complaint forms when they’re on patrol.  More on this important, and disturbing development here.