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Winton, R. (2013) Crime in L.A. down for 10th Straight Year in 2012, City Says LAPD Headquarters. Los
Angeles Times, 1-3. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/crime-down-city-los-angeles
AUTHORS: Mark Malmin
ABSTRACT: Community perceptions of police misconduct, racism, and allegations of excessive use of force vary from community to community, especially with variant population densities. Perceptual views tend to promote the idiomatic dilemma that perception is reality. This paper exegetically explores modalities of community policing, existing FBI empirical statistical evidence of Uniform Crime Reports, facts, misconceptions, the absence of uniform reporting requirements, and other perceptual contributing factors, such as media influence, that support the existing paradigm of racial profiling perceptions across the US. The pursuit and acquisition of racial justice and equality require public trust in government, unbiased factual analysis of systemic failures, better communication, community collaboration, and minority participation in the political process.