Police departments have always used a range of technologies to facilitate their unjust targeting, overpolicing, and structural harm of Black and Brown communities. The Los Angeles Police Department uses one technology in particular, a predictive policing program called PredPol, to claim that their policing is objective and neutral. However, PredPol’s use of historic racist crime data, its focus on location-based policing in a violently segregated city, and its mere existence as a technology that must predict crime are all clear evidence to the contrary.
As part of Free Radicals’ partnership with Stop LAPD Spying coalition to dismantle PredPol and all other predictive policing programs used by the LAPD, we created a short 1-sheet zine that covers the basics of PredPol. Feel free to share widely – a download link can be found at the bottom of this page.