10/03/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Did Bell Pay Salaries Through 'Aggressive' Towing?

Some community activists in Bell are demanding an independent investigation into complaints that Bell police unfairly towed and impounded cars.

According to Bell budget documents reviewed by The Times on Monday, the city generated at least $652,000 in revenue related to towing cars last fiscal year, which ended June 30.

The vast majority of that sum -- $574,000 -- was from what the document described as "unlicensed driver release" revenues. It's unclear exactly where that money came from.

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