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Ben Poston

Ben Poston is a data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he worked on “Behind the Badge,” a series that detailed the flawed hiring practices by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He also published an investigation that found the Los Angeles Police Department routinely misclassified violent crime data. A three-time Livingston Award finalist, Poston has won several national awards, including a George Polk Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, a National Headliner Award and Sigma Delta Chi’s award for First Amendment reporting. Prior to working at The Times, he was the data editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
LAPD chief defends Metro division after controversy over stops of black drivers

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore defended his elite Metropolitan Division officers at a law enforcement conference Thursday, saying they were not engaged in racial profiling despite a Times investigation showing that they pulled over a disproportionate number of black drivers.

Garcetti orders LAPD to scale back vehicle stops amid concerns over black drivers being targeted

Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered the Los Angeles Police Department to focus on crime fighting strategies other than stopping drivers, in response to a Times investigation showing that an elite unit was pulling over a disproportionate number of black drivers.

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