Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) wrote a new directive on the municipal code 45.04 where police officers would ticket students for not being in school during school hours. Students were fined with a $250 ticket and had to show up to mandatory court cases.
The reason LAPD wrote a new directive is because organizations like the Community Right Campaign and other organizations showed people that these tickets criminalized Black and Latino students. From 2005 to 2009 88% of tickets were given to Black and Latino students whereas white students received 7%. Data liked this were collected and it shows how truancy tickets criminialized mostly Latino and Black communities.
Some of the schools that were mostly targeted were Roosevelt High School, Fremont High School, Los Angeles High, Manual Arts and Locke High. These schools were targeted from 2004-2009 and had the highest density of tickets given out by the police. The communities started to see a pattern of ticketing in their school and connected it to the pre-prisoning of Black and Latino students.
Community Rights Campaign also saw that pattern of the criminilazation of Black and Latino students. Therefore they took action in many high schools like Cleveland High, Locke High, Manual Arts, Roosevelt, amongst other high schools in California. They started to educate students of the importance to know your hisory, know your school and know the conditions your living upon. Also how to take action and organize your community to end racist codes like 45.04.
The new directive states that students will not be tickted during the first hour of classes, curfew sweeps cannot be conducted except in response to suspected criminal activity by youth in the sweep area, including the fact that they will not ticket students around a 3 mile radius of their school. This new directive is not exaclty what Community Rights planned for but its a new step towards getting rid off the code.
This new directive will be implimented by LAPD not LASPD. A new directive will be negotiated with organizations in order for LASPD officers to not ticket students in school. Many organizations want resources to be available for students in order to get to school earlier. Therefore they are working hard with the community to take action and pressure school administrators, councilmembers, school district boardmembers, mayors, officers, and including the president. The future is relying on the action we take now.