In all, and this, according to the ever-helpful Mike Dundas, is all of them, there are 241 such cases. This is not a super-popular law, it seems. Of those 241, 19.1%, originated in an arrest at Selma Park. That is, the law is not super-popular, either among criminals or among cops, but it’s extremely, exceedingly, shockingly, horrifically, disproportionately popular at the corner of Selma and Schrader in Hollywood. It’s not even possible to analyze how disproportionate it is, since the area of Selma Park in proportion to the area of the City of LA is effectively zero. In other words, arrests for violating PC653b(a) at Selma Park are, up to a rounding error, a zillion times more common per square mile than they are for the rest of the city.
Not only that, but recall that case numbers that start with the letter “R” were rejected for prosecution by the city attorney (sadly, according to Mike Dundas, the reasons that cases were rejected are top secret). Of the 241 cases listed, 138 were rejected. That’s a rejection rate of 57.3% for the city as a whole. On the other hand, as we’ve previously noted, all 46 of the arrests in Selma Park, which include all of the referred cases from the BID Patrol but conceivably, potentially, others as well, were rejected for prosecution. That’s a rejection rate for the BID Patrol of 100%. What this suggests is that arrests for PC653b(a) are generally bullshit arrests, but that the BID Patrol’s are even more bullshit than the general runna-da-mill ones. Note that this doesn’t even include arrests made at Selma Park which were never even referred for prosecution. We don’t yet know how many of these there were, but we certainly will soon.
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