Activists protest LAPD's Special Order 1
“[The report found that] the intelligence gathering at these fusion centers that is coming out is flawed, it’s useless, it’s irrelevant, it’s a violation of civil liberties, it’s a violation of our privacy and this is actually where they spent 1.4 billion dollars." Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying CoalitionA coalition of community activists has held a demonstration to protest against the trampling of civil rights by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Press TV reports. The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition activists say the department’s so-called Special Order 1 allows the police to engage in racial and religious profiling. Protestors gathered in front of a fusion center, which local, state and federal authorities use as a major hub for intelligence gathering.
The demonstrators demanded full transparency and called for an end to civil and privacy violations exercised in the name of law enforcement.“This is part of a larger system of spying centers across the country; about 77 of those,” Hamid Khan of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition told Press TV. He added that a US Senate Subcommittee had also criticized the performance of fusion centers in a recently released report. “[The report found that] the intelligence gathering at these fusion centers that is coming out is flawed, it’s useless, it’s irrelevant, it’s a violation of civil liberties, it’s a violation of our privacy and this is actually where they spent USD 1.4 billion,” Khan said. Special Order 1 is the third revision of the LAPD’s Suspicious Activity Reporting program, which the department claims will allow officers to prevent crimes before they happen. Activists, however, say police records show no progress in this regard. Public records show that LAPD has filed more than four thousand suspicious activity reports since 2008 with an estimated 70 percent filed on a person of color. TE/HMV