June 14, 2012
Re "The wrong way on reentry," Editorial, June 3 I disagree with The Times' criticism of the Los Angeles Police Department's "compliance checks" of post-release supervised persons (PSPs). The L.A. County Probation Department has not been allocated sufficient resources to supervise the burgeoning PSP population and must work in partnership with local law enforcement in monitoring these individuals. Some 35% of these people released in the county claim an address in the city of Los Angeles.
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.
April 18, 2010 |
Former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates cast a long shadow, not just on the LAPD but on Los Angeles and American policing. Some of what he will be remembered for is positive: He displayed immense loyalty to the officers who served him, and for that was revered by many of them. But the largest part of his legacy remains a cautionary tale that future generations ignore at their peril. Gates' tumultuous tenure as chief began in 1978 and ended with his forced resignation following the 1992 Los Angeles riots.