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Bailing on high-speed chases: A safer change of pace?

Posted October 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There was a highly unusual ending to a televised car chase in L.A. County yesterday…police let the driver get away.
The chase began in Altadena around 5 p.m. and ended almost three hours later in Pasadena. Before police called off the pursuit, the driver had circled through L.A. County freeways, at times going more than 100 miles an hour.
Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson says officers …

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Mixer: LAPD focuses on South LA

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Police Department says it’ll send dozens of elite officers into South LA in response to an increase in crime and reported gang violence.
August saw a big rise in homocides in the city, with about half of the 39 killings taking place in the neighborhoods there.
Police Chief Charlie Beck blamed a lot of the violence on an increase in gang crime.
This week alone …

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Inside LAPD’s body camera contract with Taser International

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Taser's Axon Body camera.

The Los Angeles Police Department is rolling out the first of 860 body cameras for its officers, part of a plan that will eventually have some 7,000 officers routinely wearing chest-mounted video cameras.
The cameras are made by Taser International, which won the LAPD contract last year.
As the second largest police department in the country, implementation of body cameras at the LAPD is raising a …

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Body cams? Yes, but the public wants to see the video

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Police body cameras are coming to a city near you.
For starters, the LAPD plans to roll out more than 800 of the devices next week as part of a larger plan to equip almost the entire force. The department will eventually deploy 7,000 body cameras.
The cameras have the support of police chiefs and civil libertarians alike. They can increase transparency and provide a more …

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Watts: Chief Parker’s legacy

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Los Angeles Police Chief William H. Parker mops his brow during the Watts riots. August 12, 1965. Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

This week on Press Play, we’re using the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots to talk about what has changed in the South L.A. community, and what has stayed the same. 
Chief William Parker is now seen as a relic; an old-school, hard-edged racist cop whose heavy-handed tactics help create fertile ground for the 1965 Watts riots.
But the reality is much more interesting.
According to John …

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Watts: Policing South LA 50 years after the riots

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
South LA Bureau Deputy Chief William Scott.

This week on Press Play, we’re using the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots to talk about what has changed in the South L.A. community, and what has stayed the same.
When William Scott joined the LAPD in 1989, the crack epidemic had consumed South Los Angeles. “AK-47s were everywhere. The murder rates had started to get to levels we had never seen before. A …

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What are your reflections on the Watts Riots, 50 years later?

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Police search for weapons in the 1900 block on East 103rd Street in Watts. Photo credit:  Cliff Wesselmann, courtesy the Los Angeles Public Library

We want to hear from you for an upcoming series on KCRW’s Press Play.

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Making LA: Policing

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The LAPD has gotten a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But violent crime is actually up this year (homicides are down).
The national conversation about police shootings has also touched Los Angeles. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people. That’s nearly one a week.
Press Play takes a closer look at today’s LAPD with Executive Director …

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Mixer: Police go on the defense in Venice

Posted May 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Emotions ran high at a town hall meeting inside a Venice elementary school auditorium Thursday.
Those gathered were concerned, and in many cases, irate, about this week’s killing of an unarmed homeless man by an LAPD officer near the Venice Boardwalk.
City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Venice, said what happened to 29-year-old Brendon Glenn highlights problems with how LAPD interacts with panhandlers and people living on …

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Police blasted over Venice shooting

Posted May 8, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]

Police and city officials met Thursday night with residents and activists in a standing-room-only town hall, two days after police fatally shot an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk.
Emotions were running high in the Westminster Elementary School auditorium. Voices were high too. Several times, audience members shouted down the officials who were trying to make introductory remarks.
City Councilman Mike Bonin said the fatal shooting …

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Mixer: The force in law enforcement

Posted April 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There’s no doubt, police officers are in a dangerous business.
Their lives can be put in peril when they hit the streets of cities and towns across America.
But, given some very high profile – and videoed – altercations that have taken place in the last few months between police and civilians, the issue of using lethal force and other types of brutality and has hit a fevered pitch.
Protests continue …

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It’s no day in the park for tailgating Dodgers fans

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Dodgers season got off on the right foot as they staged a late comeback to beat the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine. But the experience wasn’t so pleasing for some fans who complained of a heavy-handed police presence during traditional Open Day tailgating parties in Elysian Park and extended waiting at the turnstiles.
The club and the LAPD have put extra security measures …

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Mixer: The year of the microscope…on police

Posted January 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty in the case of the LAX shooter.
24-year old Paul Ciancia is accused of opening fire inside Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport back on November 1, 2013.
That rampage left 39-year old Transportation Security Administration agent Gerardo Hernandez dead, and several other TSA agents and a traveler injured.
That case also highlighted a big lack of communication at LAX between …

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Arms race: Local police agencies snap up military gear

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

The rapidly increasing militarization of the nation’s local police agencies has been a hot topic in the wake of the deadly shooting of African-American teenager by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In the 13 years since the 9-11 attacks, hundreds of millions of dollars in military gear has made its way from the Pentagon to police forces as part of new government programs. That includes …

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It’s on: Anaheim cops to be equipped with body-cams

Posted September 10, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

The Anaheim City Council has unanimously agreed to spend more than $1 million to buy 250 so-called body cams for the city’s police force – and officials say they expect every officer to be wearing a device by next spring.
Anaheim would become the first city in Orange County to require the body-mounted cameras.
Police Chief Raul Quesada supports the move. He says the department has …

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Mixer: How much is too much policing?

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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While things have calmed down considerably in Ferguson, Missouri, in the last day or two, the people of that St. Louis suburb are still up-in-arms about the death of teenager Michael Brown.
Protestors maintain Officer Darren Wilson was not justified in shooting and killing the 18 year old, who eyewitnesses say had his hands up and was unarmed.
In the wake of protests in Ferguson, critics …

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Echoes of Ferguson, Missouri in the death of Ezell Ford

Posted August 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

It hasn’t garnered the same attention as the death of Michael Brown, but there are echoes of the Ferguson, Missouri, case in the death of another unarmed black man right here in L.A.
Ezell Ford was shot to death Monday evening in the Florence area in a confrontation with two LAPD gang officers who tried to question him in what they call an investigative stop.
Some …

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Growing up in the Baldwin Village ‘Jungle’

Posted August 11, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Photo by Andre Ellis

In 1977, my parents moved my two siblings and me into a second-story, 3-bedroom apartment on Santo Tomas Drive in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles.
It was one unit within a one-square mile section of apartments informally called “The Jungle.” The area included apartment buildings with whimsical names like Coco Capri and The Islander and boasted swimming pools, large living spaces, courtyards with palm …

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Wildfires: The (long) season of living dangerously

Posted May 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

A badly burned body has been found in a transient camp in Carlsbad – the first apparent death connected to a series of wildfires ranging in San Diego County. At least five fires continue to burn, with homes threatened and thousands of residents under mandatory evacuation orders. Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to spark brush fires in Escondido and investigators …

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LAPD officers may have lied about violent ‘ambush’

Posted May 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

When two L.A. police officers were attacked by a gunman outside the Mid-City station last year, Chief Charlie Beck called it – quote – “a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect the community.” By now the L.A. Times reports questions are being raised about whether the attack happened at all. A new report by LAPD Inspector General Alex Bustamante says …

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