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🧵 LAPD spends relatively little time responding to reports of violent crime, despite that being widely viewed as a core police function, our analysis found.

More than a million times last year Los Angeles police officers were dispatched on calls for help.

Although armed with weapons and the unique authority to use force, cops often are sent to resolve problems that should not require their coercive powers.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-05/lapd-911-calls-reimagining-police 

Of the nearly 18 million calls logged by the LAPD since 2010, about 1.4 million of them, or less than 8%, were reports of violent crimes, which we defined as homicides, assaults with deadly weapons, robberies, batteries, shots fired and rape.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-05/lapd-911-calls-reimagining-police 

The extensive role of police in American life has come under scrutiny in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other recent deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-05/lapd-911-calls-reimagining-police 

Any such rethinking of policing in America will include an examination of how officers currently spend their time. Read more about the possibilities and challenges of reimagining police from @joelrubin and @bposton:

⚡️ LAPD responds to a million 911 calls a year, but relatively few for violent crimes  https://twitter.com/i/events/1279832026648961026 

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