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May 1, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Guy walks into a bar on a night reserved for off-duty police and pointedly ignores the bartender's advice to leave because “the place gets rowdy - and not in a fun way.” The warning comes true with a vengeance: Anyone looking for trouble has come to the right place in “Cops and Friends of Cops,” writer-director Ron Klier's edgy new suspense drama. VS. Theatre Company's continuing commitment to challenging work and high quality staging is immediately apparent in the company's first production in its new home (the former Black Dahlia Theatre)
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April 6, 2014 | By Theshia Naidoo and Lynne Lyman
Jesse Snodgrass had recently transferred to Chaparral High School in Temecula and was feeling out of place and alone in 2012 when a boy named Dan, another newcomer, befriended him. Jesse, a 17-year-old autistic student, wasn't good at making friends and he was pleased by the overture. But there was something he didn't know about Dan: He was an undercover narcotics officer attending class at Chaparral hoping to bust student drug dealers. Dan quickly began exerting pressure on Jesse to sneak a pill from his parent's medicine cabinet or buy him some marijuana.
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OPINION
February 13, 2013
Re "Take guns from fired cops," Column, Feb. 11 George Skelton's argument is illogical. The ex-cop Christopher Dorner was fired for making false reports, which doesn't necessarily indicate a predisposition toward violence that would require his gun-ownership rights to be revoked. Several years had passed since his firing before he allegedly went on a killing spree. Several journalists have lied in print. I would expect Skelton to give equal accounting to them and have their guns confiscated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Police officials who responded to a frantic 17-year-old mother's call for help in Fairfield, Calif., described a gruesome scene as they were led to her month-old infant son. A chunk of his nose had been bitten off and he was bleeding profusely. “It was a very unusual case. It's disturbing and gruesome,” Troy Oviatt, of the Fairfield Police Major Crimes Unit, told Fox40 . The infant was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital, where doctors determined that he also suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage. Doctors said about a third of the infant's nose had been severed.
OPINION
September 12, 2012
Re "Where was help for Alesia?," Column, Sept. 8 As long as we as a society are comfortable with the decision we made to have law enforcement agencies be our front-line social service workers, we should not be surprised to see officers handle mental or medical emergencies like criminal acts. If you are disturbed by the story that a poor single mother is dead because leaving her children at a police station is considered "endangerment," or that the mentally ill continue to die at the hands of the justice system, perhaps it's time we recognize again that these are not crimes.
OPINION
December 24, 2003
Re "$6 Million to Be Paid in 9 Police Suits," Dec. 18: The Los Angeles Police Department disciplines police officers with exemplary records for breaking the code of silence and reporting on the misdeeds of bad officers. The good cops have their names splashed in the newspapers and are outcasts from the department. The bad cops keep their jobs and remain anonymous to continue their illegal activities while the taxpayers fork out millions of dollars for the good cops to stay quiet and go away.
OPINION
January 19, 2013
Re "Numbers game," Opinion, Jan. 14 Jim Newton's column regarding the significance of the Los Angeles Police Department achieving 10,000 officers misses the mark. When the mayor started his first term in 2005, there were 9,284 officers. Today there are 10,023. Despite deep fiscal cuts to the LAPD, the mayor and the City Council have worked with the department in allowing it to find the least harmful ways to absorb these cuts. Instead of simply cutting the number of officers, the city's leaders held firm, and the result is the 10th straight year of crime reduction.
OPINION
May 10, 1992
The difference between cops and civilians: Cops don't beat people if they know they're on TV. Civilians do. WILLIAM R. LIVINGSTONE, Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1993
Rather than more cops, what we need are fewer crooks--think about it! JOHN A. JURGUTIS Santa Monica
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Residents in Santa Rosa have expressed skepticism about a sheriff's deputy's decision to fatally shoot a popular 13-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.   ALSO: There's no reason, or excuse, for blackface Halloween costumes Dangerous 'Carrie' remake sends victims of bullying the wrong message Woman says some kids shouldn't get Halloween candy; she'll hand out fat letters Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall    
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Ask a runner what sets the Boston Marathon apart, and he or she will tell you it's a people's race. You run with a herd through a series of towns around Boston and finish downtown to the cheers of a jubilant mob. But now, a year after two bombs killed three people and wounded scores more near the finish line on Boylston Street, one of the world's most famous marathons has become a 26.2-mile public-safety puzzle for officials hoping to prevent...
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March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Los Angeles police officer killed Friday when a truck slammed into his patrol car in Beverly Hills has been identified as a 40-year-old longtime officer. Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the officer as Nicholas Choung Lee. [For the record, 6:03 p.m. PST, March 7, 2014: A previous version of this post misspelled the officer's middle name as Cheong.] At a newsconference earlier in the day, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Lee had worked in LAPD's Wilshire and Hollywood divisions, describing him as a father and “family man” who was “extremely well-respected.” Lee had worked for the department since 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Times staff
Four San Francisco police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in federal corruption indictments. The four men were among five current officers and one former officer charged Thursday in the two separate indictments. Three defendants are accused of taking money, drugs, electronics and gift cards seized during investigations. The others are accused of violating the civil rights of suspects through warrantless searches of residences. All but one of the defendants have entered not-guilty pleas and were freed on $50,000 bond pending trial.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The night began with Kansas City, Mo., firefighter Anthony Bruno celebrating at a wedding reception with his new wife. It ended with Bruno pummeling a policeman's head into the pavement -- until the Kansas City officer, Donald Hubbard, fired two shots that killed Bruno on Dec. 1. The ensuing investigation divided Kansas City, even after a Jackson County grand jury cleared Hubbard of wrongdoing this month. Did the officer provoke a drunken Bruno by kneeing him in the head during an arrest?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Police said they found an empty vodka bottle in the car of former Los Angeles news anchor Bree Walker when she was arrested this week in Anaheim on suspicion of drunk driving. Walker, 61, was stopped at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, said Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt.  Police   told the   Orange County Register   that Walker could not produce a driver's license and looked "disheveled" when she was stopped.
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February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection begins Tuesday in a discrimination case in which three Latino police officers contend they were routinely passed over for promotions and two of them were given the "dead end" job of patrolling a local mall. The three Westminster officers maintain that despite years of service and numerous awards their careers have languished as non-Latino officers have been promoted and given prestigious assignments in the predominantly Asian city. "These three Latino officers dedicate their lives, put their lives on the line and have been outstanding officers and they've been denied opportunities, at every turn, to move up the ranks," said Victor Viramontes, an attorney representing the officers.
OPINION
February 7, 2014
Re "A manhunt, and bad judgment," Editorial, Feb. 6 I'm a retired cop - a former lieutenant with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, actually. As such, when it comes to officer-involved shootings, I'm naturally biased in favor of the officers. I steadfastly try not to second-guess them. Startlingly, I find myself in complete agreement with your editorial supporting the decision by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck that the officers who fired at a truck carrying two women last February violated department policy.
OPINION
December 10, 2000
Re "Supreme Court Debates Traffic Violation Arrests," Dec. 5: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's attitude toward the cop who handcuffed and jailed a woman because she and her kids weren't seat-belted was, "It is not a constitutional violation for a police officer to be a jerk." How would he have felt if it was his daughter or granddaughter who experienced this trauma? If a policeman can be excused from such disgusting behavior by just admitting to being a jerk, then we'll soon have a police state.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The remake of the 1980s thriller "RoboCop" roars into theaters this weekend, and the title character roars into action on a motorcycle. Except he doesn't roar. The filmmakers behind the MGM remake were determined that the futuristic robocycle underneath their RoboCop be authentic. So it's electric. VIDEO: The Can Am Spyder RSS Production designer Martin Whist, working closely with director Jose Padilha, started with a Kawasaki Z-1000. They stripped it down to the frame, extended the swing arm to increase the overall length of the bike, and clad it with a fiberglass-like shell.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
One of the unfortunate echoes of "Breaking Bad" - other than real-life-teachers-turned-meth-cooks - is the proliferation of the principled drug dealer as a character trope. It's certainly possible to make an intelligent film about a coke-peddling antihero, but writer-director Zak Forsman's "Down and Dangerous" merely exploits its cops-versus-cartels backdrop to preen its world-weary scofflaw protagonist, Paul (John T. Woods). Unambitious to the core, "Down and Dangerous" is the perfect flu movie: It's so predictable in its beats and pedestrian in its execution that a viewer can slip in and out of consciousness, confident she won't miss much and will know exactly where in the story she is when she awakes.
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