Below you will find a short list of our overall goals. For a more in-depth look at Los Angeles Copwatch please see our Mission Statement & Principles.
- Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, documenting incidents, and keeping police accountable. We maintain principles of non-violence while asserting the rights of the detained person. We provide support to victims whenever possible. We also seek to educate the public about their rights, police conduct in the community, and issues related to the role of police in our society.
- Empower and unite the community to resist police abuse. We will do this by sharing information with the community, conducting “Know Your Rights” training, sponsoring rallies, supporting victims and other community-based efforts to deal with the problem.
- Encourage people to solve problems WITHOUT police intervention. We want to explore alternatives to calling the police.
- Most importantly, we encourage people to exercise their right to observe the police and to advocate for one another.