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LAUSD police accused of targeting minorities

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Members of the Community Rights Campaign and its supporters marched near Manual Arts High School on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, accusing the Los Angeles School District and its police of targeting black and Latino students.

Members of the Community Rights Campaign and its supporters marched near Manual Arts High School on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, accusing the Los Angeles School District and its police of targeting black and Latino students. (KABC Photo)

The Los Angeles School District and its police are under fire, accused of targeting black and Latino students.

Members of the Community Rights Campaign and its supporters marched near Manual Arts High School Wednesday, claiming that LAUSD police were singling out minority students for citations.

The group says the district's own data shows 94 percent of the students cited by police were black or Latino. Most citations were issued for disturbing the peace or curfew violation.

However, overall, citations are down 50 percent this year.

A district spokesperson released the following statement, in part, to Eyewitness News:

"The numbers tell the story of a significant and steady decline in truancy violations that police have given to students&Dramatic progress like this should be celebrated."

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