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LAPD wants to test everyone officers arrest for COVID-19

Posted at 7:57 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 22:57:43-04

The Los Angeles Police Department wants to test everyone its officers arrest to determine whether they are infected with the coronavirus.

Police Chief Michel Moore told the department’s civilian oversight body last week that jails are testing all new arrivals, but the results take days to come back.

He said real-time data from a rapid-result test would help authorities isolate sick detainees, keep others detained in local jails safe and quickly alert officers to any potential exposure.

Moore is asking city officials to purchase a rapid-result testing system, but it’s unclear whether such a system will produce accurate test results.