Cite As

Levy, Janelle, 2018. “Students as Suspects: The LA Unified School District Police Department and the Policing of Black Bodies. In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018

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Essay Bibliography

Allen, Terry, Bryan, Isaac, Guerero, Andrew, Teng, Alvin, and Lytle-Hernandez, Kelly (2018). “Policing Our Students: An Analysis of L.A. School Police Department Data (2014 - 2017).” Los Angeles, CA. The Million Dollar Hoods Project

American Civil Liberties Union. 2018. "ACLU of Southern California's Website Page." ACLU, December 14, 2018.https://www.aclusocal.org/

Google Maps. "La School Police Department Headquarters." Accessed December 14, 2018.

Levy, Janelle, 2018. "Ethnosketch: Ethnographic Data Types." In “Students as Suspects: The LA Unified School District Police Department and the Policing of Black Bodies. In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018

Levy, Janelle, 2018. "Interventions." In “Students as Suspects: The LA Unified School District Police Department and the Policing of Black Bodies. In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018

Levy, Janelle, 2018. "Keeping the Children Safe." In"Students as Suspects: The LA Unified School District Police Department and the Policing of Black Bodies." In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018

Levy, Janelle, 2018. "Policing in the Classroom." In “Students as Suspects: The LA Unified School District Police Department and the Policing of Black Bodies. In California at Risk, a class project for “Ethnographic Methods,” Anthropology 215a University of California Irvine, Fall 2018

Los Angeles School Police Department. 2018. “Los Angeles School Police Department’s Website Page.”  LASPD, December 14, 2018.
http://laspd.com

Million Dollar Hood Project. 2018. "MillionDollar Hood Project's Website Page." Million Dollar Hood Project, December 14, 2018. https://milliondollarhoods.org/

Nelson, Linnea, Victor Leung, and Jessica Cobb. "The right to remain a student: How California school policies fail to protect and serve." The American Civil Liberties Union of California.  https://www.aclusocal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/The-Right-to-Remain.... pdf. Retrieved on December 13 (2016): 2016.

 

California at Risk

California at Risk is a collaborative project to understand “late industrial” California through examination of ways interlaced scales (local to transnational and atmospheric) and systems (sociocultural, technical, eco-atmospheric, etc) together produce risks, vulnerabilities and governance...Read more

California at Risk Questions

How do we visualize La Unified School Districts as toxic subjects? How can the policing of black bodies in a school be interpreted as toxic? What historical developments have shaped the policing ideologies of the LA Unified School District Police? What systemic and structural frameworks contribute to the rhetoric of LA School Police practice?

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Abstract

The Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department/Los Angeles School Police Department (LAUSDPD/LASPD) the largest independent school police department in the United States. It served 25% of its total 3,389 arrests while issuing 2,724 citations and 1,282 diversions to the LA Unified School district’s Black student population between 2014 and 2017, though black students making up less than 9% of the total student population (Allen et al., 2018). Despite this, the LASPD claims on their website that their goal is to “to address the quality of life issues that impact student safety and the ability of the students and staff to enjoy a safe learning environment.” This study aims to juxtapose the literature on Education Enclosures/ School-to-Prison-Pipeline analysis of anti-black policing and surveillance in schools with the imaginaries of safety and community building often propagated by the Police organizations working within urban majority minority school districts. Using the LASPD as a case study, I will investigate the rhetoric and myth-making used by School District Police Departments to inform their activity and interactions towards their district’s student population. I will also explore the institutional and structural contexts which enable these interactions to be largely detrimental to students as extensions and conduits of systemic racial oppression.

 

Policing Our Students

Million Dollar Hod Project Report on Policing in LA SchoolsRead more

The Right to Remain Students

ACLU report on school policing in the state of CaliforniaRead more

LA Unified School District Police

Ethnographic Data Types

CREATED IMAGE: KEEPING THE CHILDREN SAFE

This juxtaposition depicts the self-presentation of LASPD school/community engagement alongside the statistical data of their policing within the school district. (top) This found banner image from LASPD website depicts the ideological rhetoric of the LASPD as a positive force protecting the school district’s children. (bottom)This Infomatic from the Million Dollar Hoods project in conjunction with UCLA ’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies shows data depicting the disproportionate policing of young children by the LASPD.

CREATED IMAGE: POLICING IN THE CLASSROOM

This juxtaposition depicts the self-presentation of LASPD school/community engagement alongside the statistical data of their policing within the school district. (left) This found image from LASPD Facebook page depicts police officer community engagement in the classroom. (right) This Infomatic from the Million Dollar Hoods project in conjunction with UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies shows the inequality of how black bodies are policed in the LA Unified School District.

CREATED IMAGE: INTERVENTIONS

This juxtaposition depicts the self-presentation of LASPD school/community engagement alongside the statistical data of their policing within the school district. (top left) This found image from LASPD website depicts friendly community engagement by LASPD officers. (bottom left) This found image from LASPD Facebook page depicts a community engagement program meant as an intervention for “at risk” students.(right)This infomatic figure taken from the ACLU California “Right to Remain a Student” Report uses statistical data to depict the extent of police powers in school districts across the state of California.