On March 9, 2020, I submitted a public records act request to the City of Culver City for all documents reflecting the race of every individual arrested by CCPD, and the reason for arrest. First off, Lt. Troy Dunlap put in writing “No such documents exist.” However, those documents indeed exist, as will be discussed further below.
I also asked Culver City for all lawsuits filed against the City for actions of the CCPD, and the resulting settlement or verdicts. In response, City Attorney Lisa Vidra provided me with a list of 12 cases/settlement amounts.
However, in light of the murder of George Floyd, and my personal observations of CCPD targeting people of color, I started doing my own research, and using my own funds to conduct research on the federal US District Court website and Los Angeles Superior Court website. I found seven additional lawsuits against CCPD within the past ten years. I also found two additional lawsuits filed in 2007 and 2003. Because of this abysmal lack of transparency, I decided to do more research into the misrepresentations of CCPD, and found that two of the seven wrongfully withheld lawsuits had personally named Lt. Troy Dunlap as a defendant. How could Lt. Dunlap not remember the two cases he was named as a defendant?
Last year, a small blog by the name of muckrock.com requested public records from CC. Lt. William Browne produced to muckrock.com arrest reports which include race, age, and reason for citation/arrest. Over ten hours of me looking at these records, I have come to these disgusting and offensive findings, which I am absolutely going to provide to UCLA School of Law’s Public Interest Law Program so they can conduct a further statistical analysis of CCPD’s racism. And I will be going public with this to every news organization and civil rights organization and law firm I can possibly imagine.
Between 2017 and 2018 CCPD made 320 juvenile arrests. 205 or 64% were of black children. 87 or 27% were of Hispanic children. Whereas only 14 (4%) were of white children, and 14 were of “Others.” The names of the “other” children arrested have names such as Lowell Marquis, Mohamed, Keyon, Cordova and Malik, etc. There was a single Asian child arrested. This is horrific.
Just as some of the most repulsive examples of racism, our beloved CCPD arrested:
A 9 year old Hispanic boy for disturbing the peace;
An 11 year old Hispanic boy, a 12 year old black girl and separately a 12 year old black boy. In addition to arresting many, many 13 year old children of color.
As for bookings, CCPD booked an 11 year old black boy.
CCPD booked dozens of 13 and 14 year old black children for petty theft, and booked dozens more for other crimes which would be better addressed through counseling.
You know how many of the five white children arrested for petty theft were booked? NONE.
CCP booked dozens of children of color for felony assault. Was the white child who was charged with the same felony booked? Of course not! The 13 year old white boy was simply cited.
A 13 year old Hispanic boy was booked for felony vandalism.
A 12 year old black boy was arrested for petty theft.
On his 13th birthday, CCPD booked a black boy and probably his three 13-14 year old black friends, on trespassing charges. Just missed booking a 12 year old by one day, CCPD!
A 13 year old Hispanic boy was cited for bringing a knife or BB gun to school. Funny side story, my white ex-husband in 3rd grade brought his unloaded 357 Magnum to school for show and tell. His teachers laughed and said not to take it out of his backpack for the rest of the day.
CCPD even booked one black girl and two black boys for felony horse/bovine theft. WHAT? You bet I’m going to look into these.
A white boy, less than two months shy of being 18, who was arrested for child molestation? He was just cited. Not booked. Protect and serve, CCPD.
CCPD booked a 15 year old black girl for petty theft of under $50.
CCPD is creating a society in which young children of color and put into the legal system, and set up to fail. I found CCPD lovingly booked children of color for violating bench warrants-meaning they failed to appear at a court hearing. Thus, you have absolute proof of the systemic set up to fail. You charge a young child with a crime, a hearing is set, the child can’t or won’t go to the court, and Viola …booked and jailed.
Please note that two of the 14 white children arrested, one’s last name is “Munoz” and another one has a traditionally African-American name.
I looked at the 434 arrests for driving with a suspended license. First off, consider what the prerequisites are to arrest someone for driving with a suspended license. First the CCPD must find probable cause to stop the driver. Then CCPD has to pull the driver over. Then CCPD has to bypass citing the driver for whatever alleged probable cause existed to bring the CCPD to originally pull over the arrestee. That means CCPD gets to chose who they get to pull over, and then cites the driver only for suspended license.
Of the 434 arrests for a suspended license, 164 or 37.78% were for black drivers, 134 or 30.88% were for Hispanic drivers, 101 or 23.27% were for “other” drivers, and a mere 33 or 7.6% were for white drivers. Disgusting.
The names of the “other” drivers include names such as Tyrone Jamal, Edwardo, Jorge, Munoz, Jerome, Garcia, Lamonte, Davonte, Shabri, Reyes, Lopez, Badillo, Jovan, Morales, another Jerome, DeShawn Deanthony, Kleshaun, Lakia Donell, Ortiz, Breneisha, Shanay, Lashae, Estrada, Equalia, Arredondo, Guzman, Dewayne, Serrano, Mohammed, Alonzo, Becerra, Mendoza, Gutierrez, a third Jerome, etc. etc.
Editor note – These comments were sent to the council prior to the meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020.