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...
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 |
Los Angeles police Officer Brett Goodkin is about to make his big-screen debut, playing a bit role as a cop in “The Bling Ring,” Sofia Coppola's movie about fame-obsessed San Fernando Valley youths who burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. But as the director prepares to unveil the film at the Cannes Film Festival next month, the LAPD investigator is hardly basking in the glory of his 15 minutes of fame. Instead, he's facing the imminent prospect of losing his job, as a disciplinary panel prepares to rule on the results of an internal investigation into his simultaneous involvement in the real-life case and the film.