DOJ Revokes LAPD Entry To CalGang Database After Gang Framing Scandal – CBS Los Angeles

DOJ Revokes LAPD Access To CalGang Database After Gang Framing Scandal – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The California Department of Justice has revoked access to the state's gang database after the arrest of three LAPD officers accused of falsifying records, falsely labeling people as gang members, although it was not.

FILE – Protesters outside LAPD headquarters on June 1, 2020. (Getty Images)

Prosecutor General Xavier Becerra announced on Tuesday that his office had revoked access to CalGang, a nationwide system for tracking people who may be linked to gangs, to the LAPD.

The investigation began in early January, when the three officers were on leave and accused of falsifying field interview cards during the stopovers to identify people as gang members.

In February, Becerra said the state DOJ would review LAPD records and guidelines regarding the use of CalGang.

The LAPD entries made up about a quarter of all 78,000 records in the CalGang system, the DOJ said.

In early June, amid George Floyd's protests against police brutality, the LAPD Board of Police Commissioners said the Commission would impose a moratorium on the LAPD's entry of names into the CalGang database. On June 19, the LAPD then confirmed that it had imposed an immediate moratorium on the use of the CalGang system.

Last week, LA district attorney, Jackie Lacey, Braxton Shaw, Michael Coblentz, and Nicolas Martinez accused in a 59-point falsification record falsehood claiming that people who had stopped them were gang members or employees, though this was not the case.

Becerra said Tuesday's decision was simply a result of the LAPD's decision to withdraw from the program.

"Today's announcement follows LAPD chief Michel Moore's decision to permanently withdraw from the CalGang program after an internal audit uncovered significant abuse of the gang tracking database by LAPD employees, including entering incorrect information," the Attorney General wrote in a release message.


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