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September 10, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Inglewood residents turned out to protest at a City Council meeting Tuesday night about four fatal officer-involved shootings that have occurred since May. "To me it's a big issue when there's police shootings going on," Rodrigo Vazquez, 24, told the council as demonstrators passed out fliers that read "Stop killer cops." The council, which discussed the shootings in closed session, convened a day after the vice-chairman of the Inglewood Citizen Police Oversight Commission, who has been one of the department's harshest critics, announced that he was taking a leave of absence from the watchdog panel.
December 30, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday expressed determination to restore law and order after the country was racked by a third day of riots and looting that have killed dozens of people since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Officials said at least 44 people had been killed in unrest that broke out Thursday night after the former prime minister was killed as she left a campaign rally.
June 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The district attorney Tuesday cleared two San Diego police officers of criminal liability in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Mexican national during a late-night traffic stop Feb. 10. Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said that Officers Jack Pearson and Paul Galante were within their rights to use deadly force when it appeared to them that Noe Rojas-Godinez was trying to run them over. The two said they believed Rojas-Godinez was reaching for a gun. The gun turned out to be a toy.
May 1, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police may use deadly force to stop a speeding motorist who ignores warnings and poses a danger to the public. In an 8-1 decision, the justices threw out a lawsuit brought by a Georgia teenager who was paralyzed after a police cruiser rammed the back of his car and sent it careening off the road. The teenager had sped away from police and led them on a high-speed chase down narrow two-lane roads.
February 18, 2007 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
In a "shoot first, ask questions later" approach to personal safety, state lawmakers are weighing a bill that would give Texans the right to use deadly force as a first resort when they feel their safety is threatened. The measure, which is in committee, is an early hit at the statehouse: Twenty-seven of 31 state senators have signed on as co-sponsors. In the House, 100 of 150 members support the bill.
December 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The officer who shot a teenager in the leg after mistaking a toy gun for a real weapon was justified in using deadly force, the San Bernardino County district attorney's office said Wednesday. On July 25, Ontario police responded to a call about four teens running around with guns near an Ontario Kmart shortly before 9 p.m.
September 4, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The police officer was still trying to load pepper spray bullets into the gun when the young woman, a knife firmly in hand, made a sudden move that police took to be a lunge in their direction. Time had run out. Two other officers fired at the dark-haired woman, striking her in the chest, the part of the body that law enforcement regulations suggest police aim for in a life-threatening encounter. She crumpled to the grass and died a short time later.
March 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A powerful storm dumped more than a foot of snow across the Plains, closing schools and roads and forcing residents to grab shovels Monday during the first day of spring. Hundreds of schools were closed in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and South Dakota, and at least five deaths were blamed on the storm. "The roads are terrible, just terrible," said Shirley Tomac, 49, of Elizabeth, Colo., about 25 miles southeast of Denver. Her five-mile drive to work took about twice as long as usual Monday.
October 1, 2005 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Welcome to Florida, the Sunshine State. Please avoid unnecessary arguments with locals. Starting today, they may be more inclined to shoot you -- at least that's essentially the message from a national gun-control organization as a Florida law goes into effect empowering people who feel threatened to use force, including firearms, to protect themselves. Before, if possible, they were supposed to back down or run away.
July 21, 2005
Re Tough calls at street level," Opinion, July 19 Terry Hara left out one important reason police officers exercise the utmost restraint in their decision to use deadly force. Besides their intense and continuous training, every officer on the force has witnessed the public's microscopic scrutiny and condemnation whenever the police shoot and kill a suspect. Common sense dictates that anyone would be inclined to avoid a situation that would certainly bring about an unwanted barrage of protracted investigations, public criticism and criminal or civil liability.
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