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Talk back: Some LAPD anti-gang units dismantled as cops refuse to disclose data

February 1, 2011 |  5:52 pm


Talk back LAAt a time when Los Angeles has seen a major drop in crime, some neighborhoods are seeing big reductions in anti-gang units.

The Times' Joel Rubin and Scott Gold report that the LAPD has temporarily dismantled some anti-gang units because officers in those squads refused to comply with a controversial financial disclosure rule that they view as misguided and invasive. Rubin and Gold say a showdown of sorts is taking place:

Police officials have sent the defiant officers back to regular patrol duties and expect that it will take several months to rebuild the gang units with others willing to abide by the policy, which requires officers to periodically submit information regarding their assets and debts. Until then, patrol officers have been saddled with trying to keep up with gang-suppression efforts, a move some gang unit supervisors and community advocates fear could lead to an erosion of expertise and hard-fought gains in reducing gang violence and crime.

What do you think? Are the rules worth the loss of gang officers on the streets? Tell us what you think.

Photo: Officials prepare for a news conference on gang crime. Credit: Los Angeles Times