CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 |
The federal judge who oversaw a dramatic, forced transformation of the Los Angeles Police Department has freed the department from the final vestiges of federal oversight. In a brief, three-line order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess formally lifted the binding agreement the U.S. Department of Justice imposed on the LAPD in 2001, which spelled out dozens of major reforms the police agency had to implement and frequent audits it was required to undergo by a monitor who reported to Feess.
August 29, 2012
Re "LAPD reluctant to change its handling of photo lineups," Aug. 25 The article left me shaking. It was like my story, played out after the fatal shooting of my husband, Jerry Weber, as I sat next to him at a drive-through ATM 23 years ago. I will never forget the face behind the gun. No one can imagine the pressure you feel as a witness when detectives are telling you, "Trust me, the suspect is in one of these photos," and keep moving a...
February 17, 2013
Re "LAPD in the cross hairs," Editorial, Feb. 14 Your editorial makes no sense. You dismiss Christopher Dorner's manifesto as "loopy," while in the same breath you say the Los Angeles Police Department's "self-reflection" in response to it is valuable. You throw the baby out with the bath water in condemning the horrible but accidental shootings in Torrance by overlooking the fact that Dorner's last-stand behavior in Big Bear was perfectly consistent with what the officers stationed in Torrance correctly knew to expect if he showed up. Worst, you reserve your ire for the LAPD, when you should be asking questions about the San Bernardino County sheriff's search plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles police officers and protesters denouncing the George Zimmerman verdict were playing a cat-and-mouse game Monday night as chaos continued along Crenshaw Boulevard and police declared an unlawful assembly. The unlawful assembly was declared shortly before 10 p.m. Earlier, groups of young people were running along area streets as officers responded to hot spots and set up skirmish lines to try to contain the roaming bands. Groups of people stampeded through Leimert Park, where a peaceful rally took place Monday evening before groups of youths splintered off and began engaging in lawless actions.
February 12, 2013
Re "'A tragic misinterpretation,'" Feb. 9 I sympathize with the extreme stress officers in the Los Angeles Police Department are under right now with one of their former colleagues allegedly on a murderous rampage. But I do not see how this assault on two innocent women in a truck that doesn't really fit the description of the wanted vehicle can be explained away. Police are supposed to protect us from harm, and stress is part of the job. The barrage of bullets fired at a car containing two women, not a large man, is ample evidence that the police were seriously out of control.
October 27, 2009 |
On March 12, Juan Garcia, a 53-year-old homeless man, was brutally murdered in an alley off 9th and Alvarado streets in the Westlake District, just west of downtown Los Angeles. At first, the police were stumped; there were no known witnesses and few clues. Then a 43-year-old undocumented immigrant who witnessed the crime came forward and told the homicide detectives from the Rampart station what he saw. Because of his help, a suspect was identified and arrested a few days later while hiding in skid row. Because the witness was not afraid to contact the police, an accused murderer was taken off the streets, and we are all a little bit safer.