Racist dogs on the streets of LA?
A new report has put the police dogs, or more the police dog handlers in trouble after 100% of dog bites in 2013 were to African Americans or Latinos and not one white person was bitten.
The report was commissioned for the Canine Special Detail of the LA Sheriff’s department (LASD) and it shows that police dogs bite a disproportionately large number of minority suspects. According to the report the number of Latino people bitten by dogs went up 30% between 2004 and 2013 and the number of African Americans bitten rose by 33%.
In this year so far, 100% of those who have been bitten have been black or Latino and this is a damning report for the police force.
Another note of the report is that there were a low number of dog bites in affluent areas or those with smaller minority populations. Whereas the areas of Century, city of industry, Compton, Lakewood and South LA had more dog bites than the other areas of LA combined.
The report said that 'Crime rates are lower in these areas, but the stark disparity leads us to wonder why canine deployments seem to occur disproportionately in less affluent areas with larger minority populations,'
It is not the first time the LASD has been in trouble for racial incidents. In the 1980’s Los Angeles police officers would refer to black youths as ‘dog biscuits’. Another report by the Department of Justice found that the LASD singles out black and Latino people for more stops and seizures than another race in the city.
Authorities are now calling for the individual tracking of dog trainers and bites so they can see the exact problems. Authorities hope that reports such as the ones above can help highlight issues of race and incidents such as the 1992 Los Angles race riots happen again where 53 people killed 1 billion dollars worth of damage and two thousand people were injured.
Source: Daily Mail