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March 28, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The Police Commission reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy on hazing Tuesday in response to an executive directive from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa forbidding the practice after problems arose in the Fire Department. Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff told the panel that hazing has long been discouraged by policy and that there have only been four hazing complaints since 1994.
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March 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A series of internal audits has found lapses in the supervision of gang enforcement units in the Police Department, causing Police Commission members to call for stricter oversight. The panel asked for a report in 30 days on fixes to the problems, including the lack of adherence to search warrant procedures and a failure to document other supervision. "The supervision is not as tight as it should have been," Commission President John Mack said.
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March 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Police Commission on Tuesday approved the chief's recommendation to award the Medal of Valor to 16 officers, including one for Walter Kesterson, who was killed in 1946 in an exchange of gunfire with two armed robbery suspects. The panel also approved the medal for 13 officers who rescued 80 senior citizens from a fire at a Wilshire area retirement home in 1996 and two officers who pulled an unconscious motorist from a car that had caught fire.
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March 8, 2007 | Matt Lait, Times Staff Writer
At a movie theater that no longer exists, on a street since renamed, several gun-toting bandits robbed a teenage cashier of $90. Although the crime was nothing spectacular, the outcome tragically was. It was Feb. 4, 1946, shortly after 9 p.m., when LAPD Officer Walter Kesterson's car radio squawked with news of the stickup. He and his partner, dressed in plain clothes, were working a crime suppression detail around the Los Angeles Coliseum, near the heist.
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February 14, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A year after an immigrant rights rally drew 500,000 people to downtown Los Angeles, an organizer alleged that his free speech rights were infringed upon by a city Police Commission decision Tuesday to deny a permit for a demonstration Feb. 24.
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January 31, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Police Commission ordered a review Tuesday of concerns over the Los Angeles Police Department's handling of racial profiling complaints. The department received 850 complaints of racial profiling in the last four years but did not sustain a single allegation, prompting commission President John Mack to direct the panel's inspector general to look into the matter. "I'm not suggesting that every allegation is a valid one.
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January 17, 2007
The Police Commission voted Tuesday to support a moratorium on new marijuana dispensaries and tougher regulations of existing enterprises, even as Police Chief William J. Bratton promised to work with federal authorities to prosecute businesses found to be violating the law. "It's my intent to get rid of these places," Bratton said after the commission voted to ask the City Council to impose a moratorium and adopt new restrictions.
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January 10, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The head of the Police Commission directed its inspector general to investigate allegations made Tuesday that officers have used excessive force during a crackdown on crime on skid row. Commission President John Mack sought the review after several activists complained and showed a photo of a woman's bruises they said were caused by a police baton.
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December 20, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday completed its annual performance evaluation of Police Chief William J. Bratton, concluding his work "exceeds standards" and giving him the maximum pay raise possible -- 5% -- a decision that bodes well for him getting another five-year term next year. Commission President John Mack said the panel is prohibited by personnel laws from providing details of where the chief has done well and where he might need improvement.
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November 24, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Police Commission meets Tuesday to decide whether police officers followed policy in the shooting death of toddler Suzie Pena. An attorney for the child's mother is urging the panel to send a strong message to officers by concluding that the use of force was improper, and imposing discipline.
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