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August 19, 1991 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite recent criminal allegations against law enforcement officers, most San Diegans still have confidence in police officers and sheriff's deputies--but a sizable number also have serious concerns about police behavior, a Los Angeles Times Poll shows.
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April 2, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Robert James Talbot Jr. considered himself a revolutionary seeking to create a different society by robbing an armored car, killing police and even blazing a bloody path though a service at a mosque where he would shoot men, women and children at prayer, officials said. Talbot was ordered held without bond Wednesday at a hearing in Houston, Angela Dodge, a spokeswoman for Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas, said in an email. Talbot, 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested last week , but government terror experts gave new details at Tuesday's hearing on what they said were his plans.
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October 15, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
OPINION
March 12, 2014 | Patt Morrison
At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals. " He's already hit some audacious personal goals, this son of Haitian immigrants. He's made his way from the L.A. public defender's office to inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department to private practice, and, since 2010, to chief of the most populous U.S. attorney's district in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Traffic radar guns, which save lives by catching speeders, have come under suspicion as a possible cause of cancer in traffic officers exposed to their microwave beams, triggering a series of lawsuits by an Agoura Hills lawyer. Attorney John E. Sweeney has filed suits on behalf of five former traffic officers who contracted cancer and are seeking millions of dollars in damages from radar equipment manufacturers, whom they accuse of failing to warn of health risks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even Hank Cousine admits that he's not the sort of fellow you would expect to find suing the Los Angeles Police Department for excessive force. On the other hand, having been labeled as one of the department's 44 "problem" officers by the Christopher Commission several years ago, perhaps he is something of an expert on the topic. "I've never been on this side of the table before," Cousine said in an interview this week, noting the irony in his status as victim and plaintiff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men were in custody Friday as the suspected gunmen who shot an unarmed, off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy execution-style during a robbery of a hair salon in Buena Park. The deputy, 26-year-old Shayne York of Valencia, remained in critical condition late Friday with major brain damage. His family was grappling with the decision whether to disconnect a breathing apparatus that was keeping him alive, authorities said.
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December 24, 2000 | MAURA DOLAN and MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Only rarely does a judge in a criminal case overturn the verdict reached by jurors in her own courtroom. Still rarer is the judge who admits to committing an error so serious it taints a verdict. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor did both Friday night in an extraordinary ruling that overturned the convictions of three Rampart Division police officers, impressing legal scholars with both her tightly reasoned legal arguments and her unusual candor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Three Los Angeles County law enforcement officers were arrested Wednesday in a pair of unrelated incidents - one involving accusations of perjury and the other the alleged theft of thousands of dollars during narcotics investigations, authorities said. At the Sheriff's Department, 28-year veteran Bonnie Bryant III was arrested by the department's internal investigators after a two-week probe. The sergeant, who was in charge of an investigative team, is accused of stealing thousands of dollars, not from evidence lockers but at the scene of drug probes, authorities said.
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March 20, 1991 | ROBERT A. JONES
I remember the show ran on Monday nights and I remember my father loved it. He was the family's biggest fan of "Dragnet." My mother refused to watch, probably on religious grounds, but the rest of us did, every week. "Dragnet" was part of our routine. That took place in Memphis, Tenn., 1953 or '54. We had one of the first TV sets on the block and "Dragnet" was our introduction to California. We saw palm trees growing out of the sidewalks and crooks wearing Hawaiian shirts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Jose police officer has been charged with committing a forcible rape while on duty, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Tuesday. According to the district attorney's office, Officer Geoffrey Graves and three other officers had responded on Sept. 22, 2013, to a call of a family disturbance. The officers  determined both spouses had been drinking but that no crime had occurred. However, the wife, a hotel maid, told officers of a nearby hotel where she had previously worked and where she wished to spend the night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- Thousands of mourners, including Gov. Jerry Brown, attended a memorial service Monday for two California Highway Patrol officers who died in a car crash on Feb. 17 as they responded to a multi-car accident. Bagpipers played and hundreds of law enforcement officers, black bands across their badges, stood in silent salute to Juan Gonzalez, 33, and Brian Law, 34, the first CHP officers in the Fresno area to die in the line of duty in more than 50 years. The flag-draped caskets of the two friends and partners sat inside the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State University campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Metrolink train en route to Los Angeles from the Antelope Valley struck and killed a man Thursday morning in the Sylmar area, officials said. The man was struck by Train 212 near the intersections of Cobalt Street and San Fernando Road , said Brian Humphrey, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. No one on the train was injured, Humphrey said. Law enforcement officers will decide when to move the train, officials said. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the man was struck at 10:22 a.m. and that 197 passengers were on the train, which originated in Lancaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Californians would be able to preregister to vote at age 16 and BB guns would have to be painted bright colors under two of the many pieces of legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate. The measures, which now go to the Assembly for consideration, include SB 113, which allows 16-year-olds to preregister to vote, although they would still not be able to cast ballots until they turn 18. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said her bill would get teenagers excited about their civics classes and make it more likely that they will later participate in elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Police shot and wounded a man Friday afternoon outside a convenience store in Culver City after he pointed a shotgun at them, authorities said. Culver City police responded to a call of a man armed with a shotgun outside a 7-Eleven in the 11000 block of West Washington Boulevard about 2:30 p.m., according to police and sheriff's officials. When officers arrived, the man pointed a shotgun at them, and they opened fire, Culver City Police Department officials said. The man was taken to a hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Lee Baca might not be leaving the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after all. His spokesman said the sheriff, who announced earlier this week that he was stepping down , is planning on becoming a reserve deputy for the agency -- volunteering to patrol the county in a sheriff's black-and-white. At the news conference where he announced his retirement, Baca told reporters the title he was most proud of during his nearly five decades with the department was deputy sheriff, not sheriff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a short-lived experiment in running their own police force, Hawaiian Gardens officials want to rehire the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to protect their one-square-mile community in order to trim costs. There's just one problem. City officials are hoping the Sheriff's Department will retain the Hawaiian Gardens officers, many of them popular fixtures in the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer faces extortion and robbery charges for allegedly plotting with five people to steal $1 million from a Lakewood real estate broker, authorities said Monday. Melvin Boyd, 37, was the only law enforcement officer involved in the alleged scheme, according to the Sheriff's Department, which investigated the case. The others, two women and three men, were detained, then released. No charges have been filed against them.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama met Monday night with the family of TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was killed in a violent attack at LAX on Nov. 1, and with two fellow officers wounded by gunfire that day. White House officials did not say which of Hernandez's family members met with the president. The two TSA officers were identified as Tony Grigsby and James Speer. The meeting occurred before Obama attended twin fundraising events in Beverly Hills, the first scheduled appearances in his two-day visit to Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection has opened in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who was a well-known figure in the city's downtown area. Former Officer Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in the July 2011 death of the 37-year-old Thomas. A third officer, Joseph Wolfe, faces involuntary manslaughter charges and will be tried separately.
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