Letter to the Los Angeles Police Commission

LOS ANGELES - The ACLU of Southern California is deeply concerned that the LAPD's conduct may have lead to another precarious situation in South Los Angeles. The use of excessive and unlawful force on any person is deplorable. We expect that the investigation of the most recent incident involving Minister Tony Mohammed will be handled by the Commission's Inspector General, utilizing methods emphasizing transparency, reasonable expeditiousness and accountability. Every use of force by police officers must be investigated in a careful and thorough manner.

The ACLU, like many community groups, will closely monitor this investigation. We believe a proper start involves the Commission publicly describing the methodology it intends to require, and the setting of a timetable for a report to be completed. Those responsible for breaking the law must be held accountable, especially if they are entrusted with enforcing it.