City Mgm't Gives Mayor/Council This Memo Displaying Racial/Ethnic Data On LBPD Traffic Stops, Officer Involved Shootings Along With LB Homeownership, Health Outcomes And Education/Employment. What Do These Data Tell You?
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|(June 30, 2020. 4:40 a.m.) -- On June 29, City Manager Tom Modica provided LB's Mayor and City Council with a memo at this link
displaying racial and ethnic data related to LBPD traffic stops and officer involved shootings, along with broader data on LB homeownership, health Outcomes, education and employment.
Management's memo cites LBPD data on traffic stops and officer involved shootings whose data collection and disclosure are required under state law. Management memo's "Economic Data" appears to come from an advocacy group ("Policy Link") .
Regarding LBPD data, city management's memo states:
The Police Department collects data associated with arrests, officer-involved shootings, and most recently, stops. These data will help the City better understand any potential disparities within the system. Another consideration in understanding these data involves a comprehensive analysis of how police resources are deployed in communities of color. Historically, police resources are deployed based on crime data and community concerns regarding high rates of violent crime. Rethinking deployment strategies and continued development of equitable policies and practices are necessary to make sure that everyone within the Long Beach community feels safe and is treated without bias. The following and linked sets of data are new...
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Regarding LBPD traffic stops, city management's memo states:
While the data are still being analyzed, the preliminary analysis shows a noticeable disparity when comparing stop data for the Black community (27.4 percent) relative to its share of the population in Long Beach (12.5 percent), and a higher disparity than in other racial groups.
As part of the City’s commitment to transparency, the raw data are being released to the public prior to the completion of a comprehensive analysis to determine the factors that may contribute to this disparity. These factors may include training, deployment strategies, patrol procedures, implicit bias, and the racial distribution within the City.
Among "Economic Data" (apparently via "Policy Link" which describes itself on its website as "a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®" and defines "equity" as "Just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential"), management's memo states regarding homeownership:
Homeownership is the single greatest source of generational wealth, stability, and social mobility in this country; yet Black communities have been systematically shut out of homeownership through historical (such as covenants, redlining, blockbusting) and contemporary (subprime/risk-based mortgages, predatory lending) real estate practices.
City management's memo doesn't discuss or acknowledge data gaps -- reported by LBREPORT.com a week earlier on June 22 at this link -- showing [LBREPORT.com text] "With tacit acceptance by years of Long Beach Mayors and City Councilmembers, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) doesn't systematically compile, analyze or report numerical data on victims of neighborhood shootings which disproportionately impact LB working class and historically disadvantaged parts of the city."
[LBREPORT.com June 22 text] For years (as previously reported by LBREPORT.com) LBPD hasn't listed the number of shootings anywhere in the City among LBPD's publicly released crime statistics. As also previously reported by LBREPORT.com, LBPD stopped providing the public with crime stats showing serious crimes against persons and property by Council districts over a decade ago... .
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