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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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The Limits of Community Policing

Luis Daniel Gascón

Aaron Roussell

NYU Press

This chapter opens with the CPAB asking to be a part of the investigation into the Dorner incident but being denied that ability given LAPD’s existing (internal) review structure. Using this scene, in the lobby of a local McDonald’s owned by a Black former LAPD administrator, the authors show how even the CPABs, meant to be platforms for the community to shape law enforcement policy, are alienated from the process altogether. The authors look back at community governance strategies since the civil rights era and show how community policing is just the latest formulation of these. They show that without attempts at formally aligning community groups, they devolve into conflict with one another seeking the little power available in police-civilian partnerships. The authors call for activist strategies for police reform, which ensure that community interests become institutional priorities.

Keywords:   police accountability, police commission, post–civil rights era, community governance, civilian review boards, grassroots activism

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