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Protest Over Fatal Shooting By LAPD Turns Violent

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Police Chief Charlie Beck on Tuesday promised a thorough, transparent investigation into an officer's shooting of a knife-wielding...

Bikes Belong On LA's Streets

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

If there's one thing everyone now knows after my recent accident, it's that I like to bike in Los Angeles. Unfortunately most of our City was built with cars in mind.

LAPD Counter-Terrorism Unit Being Disbanded?

LA Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Given the attempted car bombing in New York over the weekend -- with initial implications for the Los Angeles area and its entertainment media -- this...

Congresswoman Diane E. Watson: A Woman of Greatness and Conviction Passes the Baton

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

The 1970s was a time when African American women in public office were few and far between. In that era, one woman emerged on the public stage. She stood out among the few as a leader.

Probation Needs Justice

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

How severe is the crisis in the Los Angeles Probation Department? Consider this: some of the worst offenders the department must handle are, regrettably, on its staff.

Time for LA's Mayor To Hire A Mayor?

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa still managed to paint a bleak picture during his State of the City budget message yesterday. But gone was the "sky is falling" lingo from some city officials.

The Daryl Gates "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl Gates lost his battle to cancer this past week, and the immigrant community also lost an ally of sorts.

PHOTOS: CHAOS As White Supremacists Rally At City Hall

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A white supremacist group rallied against illegal immigration in downtown Los Angeles Saturday as hundreds of counter-protesters g...

LA City Government: "Oh, What A Circus, Oh, What A Show!"

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

After much melodrama and angst, the LA City Council has opted to approve by a vote of 8-5 a 4.5% rate hike for the Department of Water and Power.

LA City Council Committee Rightly Calls For LAPD Hiring Freeze

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

As Los Angeles wrestles with layoffs and cutbacks, the LAPD is once again threatening the public with doom and gloom should, God forbid, there actually be some cutbacks.

LAPD Budget Crisis Discussed On MSNBC

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WATCH the LA Times' Joel Rubin discuss the LAPD's financial crisis and hiring freeze on MSNBC. ...

Youtube Videos Raise Questions Of LAPD Misconduct

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Another video raising questions about LAPD conduct has surfaced on Youtube this week, prompting an internal affairs probe. The LA Times reports: Los A...

Karine Hakobyan: Third Murder In LA Armenian Family

AP | THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — More than a year after finding her father and sister shot to death in their apartment, a 14-year-old girl discovered her mother fa...

Recent Killings In LA. Nearly Erase Gains In City's Homicide Rate

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A recent series of killings in Los Angeles has nearly erased impressive gains made this year on the city's homicide rate, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said...

Cops in Caracas -- and LA

Nora Zimmett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nora Zimmett

Last week I got a moving violation. I admitted to myself, in a brief moment of clarity, that at least I had broken the law -- not always the case in Venezuela.

SWAT and the Drug War: License to Kill

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?

Robert Cottle, LAPD Officer, Killed In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Joel Rubin and Tony Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT unit, who also served as a U.S. Marine, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan by a roadside b...

Steven Eugene Washington, Unarmed Autistic Man, Killed By LAPD

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A fatal weekend police shooting of an unarmed man who family members say was autistic prompted the American Civil Liberties Union ...

Kristina Ripatti-Pearce: Paralyzed Former Police Officer Competes In 'Race Across America' To Send L.A. Kids To College

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Four years ago, Los Angeles police officer Kristina Ripatti-Pearce was paralyzed when she was shot while responding to a robbery in progress. Despite ...

LAPD Spared as City's Civilian Workforce Is Punished

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

There are no valid studies that actually back the notion, always advanced by police departments, of course, that more cops means less crime.

Our Long Term Budget Strategy: Correcting the Record

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

In an editorial, the LA Times argued that City Hall lacks a clear vision of what city government should look like. This could not be further from the truth.

LAPD Removes Robert Kennedy Death Items From Display

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department apologized to the family of Robert F. Kennedy for exhibiting the tie, white shirt and black jack...

LAPD Apology To Robert Kennedy Family: Department Exhibit Displayed RFK Clothes From Assassination

Los Angeles Times | Andrew Blankstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Police Department has apologized to the family of the late Robert F. Kennedy and removed items from a homicide exhibit in Las Vegas th...

Crime Down In LA, But For How Long?

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Despite the recession, Los Angeles saw a 10 percent decline in crime at the beginning of this year, but police Chief Charlie Beck warned today that mi...

Southern California Black Panthers Tell Their Stories in A New Documentary

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

Director Gregory Everett didn't know his father growing up. But he did know that he had been a Black Panther.