On All In Wednesday night, Chris Hayes spoke with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about the city police department’s new racial profiling mediation program. Under the new approach, police officers who face complaints of profiling will be able to meet face to face with their accusers to talk about the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department has come under fire in recent years for its pattern of racial profiling, with the ACLU finding that African Americans and Hispanics in L.A. “are over-stopped, over-frisked, over-searched and over-arrested.”
Mayor Villaraigosa emphasized the importance of laws against discrimination applying equally to all people. “We believe that you can be safer when you start from the proposition that nobody’s above the law,” said Villaraigosa. “Not even a police officer, a politician or a priest.”
The former mayor went on to tout the potential benefits of the three-year pilot program. “When people have an opportunity to get in someone else’s shoes,” he said, “they maybe understand what happened a little better, and get more sensitive to the issue.”
Watch the video above for the full conversation with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.