Automating Displacement: Uncovering LAPDs data-driven policing programs that control, displace and criminalize people and places.
In 2017 we filed public records act requests to investigate the relationship of surveillance and policing to land. below
are some of the programs we uncovered. Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration
From 2011 to 2019, LAPD terrorized neighborhoods through the Operation LASER program, including by deeming areas “LASER
zones” based on policing data. LASER zones were targeted by the City Attorney and LAPD for increased surveillance and
patrols, racist missions by specialized LAPD units, nuisance abatements, and a range of other tactics to surveil, harass
and banish those in the area, displacing existing community residents in the process. Anchor Points
Within or around LASER Zones, LAPD also marked specific addresses, landmarks, and intersections for even more targeted
police focus, called Anchor Points. These locations were also slated for increased police patrols and surveillance, as
well as targeted strategies like nuisance abatements and evictions, changes to licensing or permit agreements, forced
installation of surveillance equipment, and forced changes to design. not a moment in time but a continuation of history...
In our interactive map we mark the locations where we’ve identified a police shooting associated with a LASER zone,
either because the killing happened within a LASER zone or during a police pursuit that began in a LASER zone. The
killings we’ve marked in this way likely represent only a portion of the full number. Since the program operated in
secrecy for nearly ten years, the true number of lives impacted and stolen may never be known.
From 2011 to 2020, LAPD used a “predictive policing” system called PredPol, which used algorithms to guess where crime
would occur. These guesses were labelled PredPol “hotspots” and maps were sent daily to local cops. In 2018, we obtained
records of some PredPol hotspots for downtown. These locations are marked with red circles on the map, with brighter
circles for locations that were most frequently labeled a hotspot. As the map shows, these hotspots formed a containment
buffer around Skid Row’s edges. Community Safety Partnership Sites
These were locations LAPD targeted for a “community policing” program, first launched in 2011 primarily in public
housing complexes. In 2020, the CSP program was expanded citywide with the creation of a full Community Safety
Partnerships Bureau within LAPD.
We now introduce the interactive map below that displays these harmful l.a.p.d. deployments onto our neighborhoods. this
map allows us to clearly see overlaps and relationships between these programs and its deadly effects. we ask, what do
we experience when our local markets, parks, and community centers become ever-going targets for police harassment...
Click on a legend item to show or hide that data layer on the map.
Zoom in on the map, then mouse-over or click on each icon, zone or boundary to get the full details!
The programs exposed are all in LAPD's harrasment jurisdiction.
2015 CENTRAL DIVISION PREDPOL HOTSPOTS
2018 CENTRAL DIVISION PREDPOL HOTSPOTS
77TH STREET DIVISIONLASER
COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP ZONES C.S.P
ALL PEOPLE KILLED BY POLICE FROM 2000 - CURRENT
People shot or killed by LAPD in or around LASER Zones