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Community member challenges Montclair's racial gap

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We received an email from a Montclair resident who was very concerned about his city ranking the highest among all the cities in the Los Angeles area as far as the racial gap between the police department and the community. He forwarded us the email he sent to the members of the council, and one councilmember's response to that email. Here they are, redacted to as to protect his identity:

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Groundbreaking study analyzes racial gap between PDs and communities, Inland ranks high

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This study, by researchers at George Washington University, and then covered by the NY Times, is an important effort toward creating transparency about the nation's police forces and they ways in which they reflect--or don't--the communities they are supposed to serve. Prompted by the popular outcry criticizing the police murder of the young Michael Brown, an incident in which the racial gap has been named as a factor in the violence, this study highlights cities where the police force is not demographically representative of the community.

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CWIE editorial: Cops, Elections, and the Subversion of Democracy

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At CopWatch IE, we have been critical of the police for numerous reasons: For excessive use of force, for lack of transparency in accountability proceedings, for lies and coverups, for suppressing free speech, dissent, and reform efforts, among others.

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