Nipsey Hussle and Marathon apparel targeted in ‘secret’ scheme

The late Nipsey Hussle was targeted under a Los Angeles Police Department program known as Operation LASER, according to a new report.

The LASER program (Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration), mentioned in a recent episode of the Guardianit is Today in brief podcast, was designed to use what is described as “predictive policing technology”. Notably, the “secret” program – which launched in 2011 – ended in 2019 amid widespread criticism.

Law professor Andrew Ferguson told CBS News in 2020 that LASER, essentially, was built on “the metaphor that they would, like laser surgery, remove tumors, bad actors from the community.” The idea itself, Ferguson pointed out, was “offensive”.

According to a new report, Nipsey’s Marathon clothing store on Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles was eventually included as part of LASER targeting.

Talk with the Guardian, Nipsey’s brother, Samiel Asghedom, said the police’s goal was to “shut it down” even though “positive things” were happening at the store. “The order of the day was, ‘Whatever they’re doing there, smash it. Stop it,” Asghedom said.

Harassment also allegedly included consumers, including stopping and questioning off-duty agents who were fans of the victory tower the artist’s music and simply decided to visit the store. Police interest in the venue, according to Sam, has also deterred some fans from visiting.

As for LASER, the program was touted as a police surgical approach that relied on data, with an LAPD spokesperson later admitting that the data needed to be revised. “We stopped LASER because we went to re-evaluate the data, a representative told the Los Angeles Times in 2019. “It was inconsistent. We step back.

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