After years of fruitless number-crunching, it’s clear that the Los Angeles Police Department’s practice of recording demographic information about the people it pulls over at traffic stops is a big waste of time. As should have been obvious at the outset, the data are unreliable and don’t tell us whether racial profiling is taking place. And the bureaucracy is cumbersome and expensive. So what to do? Members of the city’s Police Commission have proposed a reasonable alternative: Mounting video cameras on all LAPD cars. That way, charges of racial profiling could be fairly investigated, and the extensive documentation could prove useful in countless civil and criminal cases. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The plan comes with a steep price tag of $25 million. But combined with the savings from pricey legal settlements and from discontinuing stop-data analysis, the plan could well pay for itself. More important, it would also help to make L.A. a safer, better-policed city. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!