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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.
For three miles, the police officers chased the car, sirens blaring. When the suspect finally stopped, as the officers would explain it later, he ignored their orders and tried to bull his way past them. Five bystanders told a starkly different story: the policemen beat and kicked an unarmed black man as he lay on the street. It was not Rodney G. King whom the witnesses saw being pummeled that night in 1988, but a suspected auto thief named Tyrone Demetri Carey.
November 16, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Joe Friday was a fictional detective who, on radio and television, roamed the virtual streets of Los Angeles, solving crimes and sticking to the rule book. But one character Friday relied on in the weekly television drama "Dragnet" was a civilian, Chief Forensic Specialist Raymond Pinker. Unlike Friday, Pinker was based on a real-life LAPD figure named ... Raymond Pinker.
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.
A decorated California Highway Patrol officer has apparently committed suicide, a month after his arrest in the alleged rape of a woman while on his graveyard shift, authorities announced Thursday. The officer, James W. Pitsor, was found dead late Wednesday afternoon of a single shot from a rifle, said Sgt. Tom Neely of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
August 28, 1987
President Reagan renewed his campaign for confirmation of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court today, saying, "It is time to reassert that the fundamental purpose of our justice system is to find the truth, not to coddle criminals." Reagan made the statement as he met in Los Angeles with law enforcement officers, Administration officials and Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, a former prosecutor. To the law enforcement officers, including Atty. Gen.
July 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of law enforcement officers with Taser stun guns is going up in San Joaquin County, law enforcement officers said, in spite of a nationwide debate over the health risks of shocking suspects. The Tracy Police Department trained half of its force this month on how to use the stun guns, which give victims an electric shock that renders them unable to react for about five seconds. They can be used from a distance of 20 feet.
March 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of federal law enforcement officers grew by 11% from 1996 to 1998, the Justice Department said. About half the growth of about 8,000 men and women was in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Within that agency, the number of Border Patrol officers alone rose from 5,441 in 1996 to 7,714 in 1998, an increase of 42%.
June 10, 2012 | Joel Rubin and Sarah Ardalani
The first deadly encounter of 2011 came quickly for police in Los Angeles County, when an officer killed an armed burglar on the second day of the year. The last person to be killed by police that year was shot a few days after Christmas in Palos Verdes after he allegedly beat his elderly father and pretended to point a gun at officers. Between these ill-fated bookends, 52 other people throughout the county were shot fatally by police throughout 2011 -- significantly more law enforcement killings than the county typically experiences.
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.
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