We like to point out that the LAPD's DUI checkpoints are often set up in minority areas. Immigrants' rights activists have even accused the department of targeting Latino communities because so many undocumenteds don't have licenses, and their cars are easy pickin's for money making impounds.
Well, the department heard us and this weekend will target Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Hancock Park … not!
No, our weekend DUI checkpoint cheat sheet takes you to the heart of African American L.A:
–Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. there will be a DUI checkpoint at Florence Avenue and Broadway in South L.A.
-Also tonight, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., there will be a checkpoint on Sepulveda Boulevard between Chase and Parthenia streets in North Hills. Ah-ha! you say. Nope. This area is very brown.
-On Saturday there will be checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Manchester Avenue between Hoover and Figueroa streets in South L.A.
-Also on Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., cops will be a checkpoint at Olympic Boulevard and Blaine Street next to Staples Center. Maybe they don't know the Maxwell concert was cancelled.
-Finally, on Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m., they'll be a saturation patrol in the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division area, which includes Boyle Heights and much of L.A. city's Eastside.
There you have it, Westsiders. Two checkpoints in South L.A., one that could have been outside an R&B concert, and one in a heavily Latino part of the Valley — and a saturation patrol in
Mexico the Eastside. Nothing to worry about, as usual.
[Added at 5:03 p.m.]: A commenter (below) hip'd us to a checkpoint in the city of Beverly Hills Saturday. According to a BHPD statement it will be at Sunset Boulevard and Sierra Drive from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Yes, there are some white people around there. And, yes, it's the Westside. This spot is the backdoor to the Sunset Strip and the front door to one of the wealthiest regions in the world. Still, it's not an LAPD checkpoint, so some of the observations, above, still hold, yeah?