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NEWS
May 29, 1994 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 67 men of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit are members of the department's most exclusive club. Handpicked for the duty after passing rigorous entrance requirements, they train using live ammunition and confront armed and barricaded suspects at the rate of more than one a week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday revised the way it evaluates police shootings, tying an officer's use of deadly force to his or her actions in the moments leading up to the incident. The unanimous decision by the civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department was made to bring the department in line with current legal standards. It also is expected to clarify commission rules that in the past have led to confusion over how the panel evaluates some officers who fire their weapons or use other deadly force.
NEWS
October 24, 1998 | MARK ARAX and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State prison officials, responding to large numbers of inmates who were shot to death or wounded by guards, are revising their policy to sharply restrict the use of deadly force. Cal Terhune, director of the Department of Corrections, said the new policy will forbid state guards to fire assault rifles to stop inmates engaged in nonlethal fistfights and melees.
NEWS
October 18, 1998 | MARK ARAX and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite efforts to cut down on prison shootings, guards in California continue to kill and wound inmates engaged in fistfights and melees, a practice unheard of in every other state. Since late 1994, when the Department of Corrections shooting policy came under criticism for its role in widespread inmate deaths, 12 prisoners have been shot dead and 32 wounded by guards firing assault rifles to stop fights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Richard Winton
The family of an unarmed man fatally shot last month by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy filed a legal claim against the county Wednesday, alleging that sheriff's deputies are poorly trained and routinely use deadly force on people who don't pose any threat. On Sept. 14, a deputy chased Darrick Collins up his driveway in Athens and into his own backyard, believing he was a robbery suspect. The deputy saw Collins reach for his waistband, causing him to fear that Collins was going for a weapon, sheriff's officials said.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2009 | Josh Meyer
The reputed head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel is threatening a more aggressive stance against competitors and law enforcement north of the border, instructing associates to use deadly force, if needed, to protect increasingly contested trafficking operations, authorities said. Such a move by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, would mark a turn from the cartel's previous position of largely avoiding violent confrontations in the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Eight Los Angeles police officers who opened fire on two women delivering newspapers in a pickup truck during the hunt for Christopher Dorner violated the LAPD's policy on using deadly force, the department's oversight body found Tuesday. In making its ruling, the Police Commission followed the recommendation of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who faulted the officers for jumping to the conclusion that Dorner was in the truck. Beck said the officers compounded their mistake by shooting in one another's direction with an unrestrained barrage of gunfire.
NEWS
October 29, 1986 | United Press International
A grand jury refused Tuesday to indict Prentice Rasheed, a Liberty City merchant who set a booby trap that electrocuted a man who broke into his store. The Dade County Grand Jury returned a "no true bill" in Rasheed's case, but issued a statement saying citizens should not interpret the ruling as a signal that it is acceptable to use deadly force to protect their property. Odell Hicks, 20, was electrocuted on Sept. 30 in Rasheed's store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1997 | GREGORY HARRIS, Gregory Harris lives in La Crescenta
There must be something wrong with me. In most respects I seem normal. I'm a six-foot, strapping 42-year-old heterosexual male who is an involved father of a teenage girl, drives a late-model Ford and likes a beer with the game on TV. But delve a little deeper and you might suspect something amiss, perhaps a lack of appreciation for what it means to be a man or just a misunderstanding of what it is to be an American. You see, I have never in my life fired a gun.
OPINION
March 24, 1991
In response to "Where's the Outrage for Dead Police?" by George Aliano, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (Commentary, March 18):. Aliano tragically misses the point of the public's outrage. We are not ungrateful for those who put their lives on the line by calling for an investigation of criminal actions by bad cops. We seek justice. It seems that Aliano has forgotten what it means to be a plain, average, law-abiding citizen, because he doesn't seem to see the difference between police who have been killed in the line of duty and citizens who have been brutalized and killed by the police.
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