With little public debate, often in almost total secrecy, increasing numbers of police departments are wielding technology to empower themselves rather than the communities they protect and serve at a time when trust in law enforcement is dangerously low.
"I am most proud of my work for bringing some form of closure to the family and friends of victims that have been murdered. Many people who have lost a loved one to violence feel better knowing the suspect responsible cannot hurt others and is not enjoying the freedoms that we have."
In The Promise, Elvis Cole has been hired to find Amy Breslyn, and in the second paragraph, with no preamble whatsoever Robert Crais drops us right into the middle of the action where something clearly unsavory is taking place.
Recent coverage of crime spikes and "cyber banging" as new phenomena have missed some important aspects of what the LA basin is actually experiencing. Now that is not to say that recent articles are entirely wrong, but just missing the right context and some key facts.
On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders brought together a broad cross-section of the downtown community to talk about a rash of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and the rest of the country.
Earlier this year, a federally-mandated homeless count revealed that Los Angeles' homeless population increased, even though the city and county housed 10,000 people who were homeless in the past three years.
On the same day a female Los Angeles Police officer was sentenced to 36 months for delivering hard kicks to the groin of a handcuffed woman who later died, a homeless woman with mental illness was facing 25 years to life for merely picking up a police baton.