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The Limits of Community PolicingCivilian Power and Police Accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles$
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Luis Daniel Gascón and Aaron Roussell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871209

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871209.001.0001

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No Place for the Mom-and-Pops

No Place for the Mom-and-Pops

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The Limits of Community Policing

Luis Daniel Gascón

Aaron Roussell

NYU Press

This chapter extends from the previous, further examining police service delivery with respect to Lakeside’s business community. The authors open with a discussion of the Lakeside Boosters, a police charity where corporations can sponsor CPAB-led events and programs or provide general use funds. The Business Car is the primary unit responsible for all business relations, however SLOs regularly patrol these establishments in the course of their patrol routines. The chapter follows SLO Phil Hackett as he regulates the racial and moral boundaries of local liquor store patrons and sees SLO Marge Sierra advocate for the deservingness of a new 7-Eleven convenience store in the neighborhood, despite public resistance, because its corporate ties ensure elevated security and regulation. She contrasts this store with the area’s Black-owned businesses, whose continuing closures signal a positive shift for the maintenance of social order. The Lakeside Division’s relationship with local businesses, as the authors found, was not unusual. Rather, this is a normative institutional alignment. Coupling community policing with LA’s post-1992 urban redevelopment scheme, Rebuild Los Angeles, ensures that divisions can support local enforcement strategies in a time of declining city budgets, while also maintaining a hospitable environment for business growth.

Keywords:   corporate sponsorship, urban redevelopment, police workforce, postindustrial city, street history, pathologization, consumer capitalism, regulation, advocacy

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