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A coalition of activists has sued the city of Los Angeles alleging officials have failed to comply with a public records request seeking information about a controversial “predictive policing” strategy in use for years.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, seeks details about LAPD’s Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration— or LASER — program.

Operation LASER tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur and keeps track of ex-convicts and others they believe are most likely to commit them through technology such as license plate scanners and cellphone trackers. Hailed by LAPD brass as a smart way to reduce violent crime, it uses CIA-created technology while fusing data collection and street-level intelligence with the aid of the super-fast computer platform Palantir.

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