The purpose of this letter is to inform you about our receipt of a formal complaint against the Los Angeles County Metro Transportation Authority (LACMT A), and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (LASD). The complainants, the Labor/Community Strategy Center, allege that LACMT A, LASD, and “employed and contracted police and civilian fare checkers,” are discriminating on the basis of race by “demonstrating a pattern and practice of criminalization, ‘stop and frisk’ fare enforcement and other ‘quality oflife’ citations and arrests on public transportation that systematically and egregiously target Black riders,” in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI). 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
The civil rights offices at both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of the Secretary and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will jointly review this complaint, and will inform all parties about its decision going forward. DOT’s Title VI implementation regulations at 49 C.F.R. Part 21 encourage informal resolution of complaints whenever possible. Therefore, we encourage the parties, including LACMTA, LASD, and the Labor/Community Strategy Center, to engage each other in pursuit of a voluntary resolution while DOT and FT A assess the complaint.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lead Civil Rights Analyst in DOT’s Departmental Office of Civil Rights with any questions about the complaint process. Mr. Fitzpatrick can be reached at.
Departmental Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Transportation cc: Eric Mann, Director, Labor/Community Strategy Center
Linda Ford, Associate Administrator, FTA
For questions, more information and Press inquiry call:
Director, Labor Community Strategy Center
Director of Organizing, Labor Community Strategy Center
View the full-text of the Complaint here: