Detained LA Occupy Protesters Punished Out of Sight

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Yasha Levine: The police attack on Occupy LA was much more violent than reported, with most of the abuse happening while the protesters were in police custody, completely outside the range of the media.

Occupy LA: The Death of Mainstream Media

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Stephen Box: As the LAPD shed its hard core reputation and as the Occupy LA movement held to its nonviolent principles, it was the media who caved in and who were left behind as casualties on the battlefield.

Los Angeles Occupy Encampment Still Stands

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Sharon Kyle: Occupy encampments across the country have had bad encounters with police. Many Occupy encampments are being cleared out. But so far, Occupy LA stands – for now.

Occupy LA: Writing on the Wall

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Stephen Box: Occupy LA is slowly discovering that City Hall’s welcome mat has disappeared, that the Mayor’s gift of ponchos during the first rainstorm was more of a bon voyage gift than a welcome.

Occupy LA Faces the Ultimate Opponent: A Jaded Audience

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Stephen Box: Occupy LA should be thanked for challenging the turf lawn status quo and for giving City Hall an opportunity to rethink its commitment to unsustainable landscaping.

“Occupy LA” Takes a Step

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Dick Price: The mood was both festive and earnest, with one third the crowd chronicling the proceedings with their cameras, the second third looking for a bit of shade on a warmish Los Angeles afternoon, and the rest holding a disparate array of mostly hand-painted protest signs.

Can’t Wait to Hear What He Had in His Hand This Time

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Anthony Samad: The LAPD shot and killed another Black man. Why weren’t two trained law enforcement officers able to subdue an unarmed, naked man? I’d like to know how this happened. I just wanna know what he had in his hand that would justify the use of lethal force.

Representing: The Future of Blacks in Law Enforcement and Fire Emergency Services in Los Angeles

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Jasmyne Cannick: A conversation with the President’s of the Black Employee Associations for the L.A.P.D., Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments

DNA and ‘The Banality of Evil’

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Because Franklin and Turner are black male killers of black women, it is safe to say that there will be no cable-ready film made psychoanalyzing their childhoods, no Lifetime channel melodrama on the lives and last days of their victims trumpeted in flashy national billboard campaigns, and no pathos inspiring media blitz chronicling the anguish that these murders elicited in South L.A. communities.

It Was the Night Before Christmas

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It was the night before Christmas, when all through the block
Not a gangsta was stirring, not even a cop.
The kicks were hung over telephone lines,
In hopes that the County would come through on time

LAPD’s New Police Chief Charlie Beck: Reformer or Redeemer?

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Was Beck truly the best man for the job, or a nice parting gift to Bratton and a pacification gift the Police Protection League. We certainly shouldn’t be afraid to ask the question, as suspicious as it sounds.

Costly “Truancy Tickets” Keep LA Students at Home

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“Many times we prefer to go back home instead of getting ticketed by the police who stand in front of the school waiting for us.”

LAPD’s Consent Decree May Be Partly Over, But Racial Profiling Is Alive and Well in America

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LAPD may be off parole as it relates to the federal consent decree, but they’re not off probation. Racial profiling is a primary indicator as to whether LAPD has really changed.

LA Rape Evidence Backlog Booms to 12,000 Cases

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Rape victims seeking justice sometimes find nothing but a dead end in Los Angeles County. A Human Rights Watch report revealed that there is backlog of untested rape kits and that the Los Angeles Police Department, county sheriff’s office and other smaller agencies have failed to test DNA evidence in more than 12,000 sexual assault [...]

Between the Lines: The Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Who Made the Hard Sell of Trust

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The passing of Los Angeles Deputy Chief of Police, Kenny Garner, has left a stunned community pondering the question, “Who do we call now, when we want answers from LAPD?” Kenny Garner was a friend to me, the community, and most he met, and he had the hardest job of anyone in the community; convincing [...]

Response to ACLU Racial Profiling Study: Los Angeles Police Department Never Met a Reform Report It Agrees With

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The nation’s most abusive, and aggrieved law enforcement agency, the Los Angeles Police Department, is still “doin’ what it do” as it presented its response this week to a racial profiling study released to its civilian Police Commission in October 2008. The study, titled, “Racial Profiling & The LAPD,” documents that deep and pervasive racial [...]

Brinks or Blackwater: My Frightening Encounter With A Combat-Mode Guard & His Gun

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For years since the United States invaded Iraq, I’ve witnessed countless photo and video images of innocent civilians – men, women, teens and children – being rudely and aggressively threatened by hired uniformed militants (mostly men), wielding guns

Going Ballistic: Saving L.A. from Nuclear Terror

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By Tad Daley — I once asked a journalist friend, who had been chained inside the courtroom every single day of the O.J. Simpson trial, the obvious question. “Did he do it?” Or had the LAPD, instead, planted a boatload full of fake “evidence,” in an effort to frame the famous defendant? “How do you [...]

Battling Gang Violence

Despite decades of governmental and grassroots efforts, a drumbeat of gang-related killings over the past several years, some apparently racially motivated, has driven gang violence to epidemic proportions here in Los Angeles. With gang crime rising 15.7% last year even as other types of serious crime fell, Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa has proposed appointing a gang [...]

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