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April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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April 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joel Rubin
A veteran LAPD motorcycle officer died Wednesday, several days after he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. Fellow officers and family members had been holding vigil for Chris Cortijo - a member of the department for nearly 27 years - at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since the Saturday accident. A visibly shaken LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday called Cortijo's death the "ultimate irony," noting that the officer had arrested more than 3,000 drivers suspected of being under the influence and "in doing so saved countless lives.
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December 4, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
The driver of a Cadillac limousine intentionally ran over a woman and dragged her body nearly a mile through skid row in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday, authorities said. Sonia Tauanuu, 25, was pronounced dead about 1 a.m. by witnesses at the scene, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The incident, which police are investigating as a homicide, began shortly before 1 a.m. when two women began arguing in the 700 block of Ceres Avenue, the LAPD said. The driver got into the vehicle, struck the woman and began driving northeast through skid row, according to the LAPD.
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April 3, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday he is interested in a second term as the city's top cop. In comments to reporters at a monthly media briefing, Beck said he would be "more than proud" to continue as the head of the agency should city officials make the offer. Speaking from a terrace on the top floor of the Police Department's downtown headquarters, Beck said he had conveyed his wishes to Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
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April 22, 2012 | Sandy Banks
What LAPD Sgt. Rick Arteaga remembers most about the first night of the riots is a curbside history lesson at the intersection of Manchester and Vermont. Six police officers were trying to face down 400 angry residents. The Los Angeles Police Department brass had just ordered the officers to withdraw. "Get in the car!" Arteaga yelled. But his rookie partner froze, unwilling to turn his back on the advancing mob. In those menacing seconds, a single fear grabbed them both: This was a crowd bent on vengeance and they were about to be lynched.
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February 7, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.
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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."
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May 2, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks now, Tony Everfield has been planning a June vacation with his three children to Disneyland. But after watching two nights of rioting across Los Angeles on the television, Everfield was racked Friday by second thoughts. "I don't want my kids involved in seeing the violence," said the Oakland chef. "Los Angeles was a beautiful city. It just looks awful from what I've seen on the news. It will frighten the hell out of you.
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October 4, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Officer Henry J. Cousine--a police ring on his finger, an LAPD tattoo on his leg and battle scars on his body--says the officers accused of beating Rodney G. King swung their batons like "little girls." Then he ticks off some of his own episodes of violence during a decade as a beat cop: three fights and three shootings. "You get in my face, I'm going to fight back," Cousine said. "You swing at me, I'm going to knock you off your feet. And you pull a gun, I'll kill you."
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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.
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March 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A boy and a woman were apparently grazed by a bullet Wednesday evening as they rode a Dash bus through South Los Angeles, police said. The bullet appeared to have been fired from the street as the bus drove along Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said the boy was about 10 and the woman was in her 30s. Two rescue ambulances were requested.  The incident was reported around 6:40 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated throughout to reflect new developments.
Seven people were injured -- four of them seriously -- in a traffic collision Monday morning involving a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle, authorities said.  An LAPD spokeswoman said that the collision occurred at 8:47 a.m. in Glassell Park at the intersection of North San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive. “It appears there is an LAPD vehicle and possibly several officers involved in one vehicle,” said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Up to five of them are LAPD officers,” she said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
A Los Angeles police officer was killed and another seriously injured Friday morning when their squad car collided with a big rig in Beverly Hills, police said. The crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, said Beverly Hills Sgt. Max Subin. A male officer was killed, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French said. A female officer in the car with him was seriously injured.  There were at least two officers in the car, which was from the LAPD's Hollywood Division.
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March 6, 2014 | By Laura Nelson, Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles police say the city ramped up restrictions on a  popular nighttime bicycle race  along the Los Angeles Marathon route because it posed a danger to public safety.  Since 2009, hundreds of cyclists have gathered in the dark along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, waiting for road closures to begin along the marathon route, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Organizer Don Ward canceled this year's Marathon Crash Race, scheduled for Sunday morning, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services.
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February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Monday night were looking for the killer or killers of a 63-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Watts on Valentine's Day. Samuel Benton was lying on a sidewalk in the 1500 block of East 112th Street when he was spotted by a passerby about 7 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.  Benton was taken to a hospital, where he died from his wounds. Police said detectives had not established a motive for the slaying. At least 72 homicides have been reported within a mile of Benton's killing since January 2007, according to The Times Homicide Report . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Anyone with information regarding Benton's slaying is asked to call detectives at (213)
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February 14, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police are drafting plans for a proposed program that would offer Angelenos rewards of up to $50,000 for information that helps arrest and convict hit-and-run drivers. Los Angeles has “the distinction of being the hit-and-run capital of the country,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino said at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee on Friday morning. Offering a reward would increase the incentive for witnesses to come forward, ultimately “bringing these cowards to justice.” Last year, Los Angeles had more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes, including more than 1,200 injuries and 41 deaths, L.A. Police Cmdr.
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April 27, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck paid tribute Tuesday to his deceased predecessor, Daryl F. Gates, the 56th chief of the Police Department. "He was 56th, but there will never be another like Daryl," Beck said during the private funeral for Gates, who died this month after a short battle with cancer at the age of 83. "Daryl was the Los Angeles Police Department," he continued. "The Los Angeles Police Department was Daryl Gates." Beck said Gates led a far smaller department when the crime rate was high and the murder rate was triple what it is today.
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June 14, 1992 | STEPHEN BRAUN and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police dispersed a large gathering of residents and gang members in the Imperial Courts housing project in South Los Angeles after a Saturday morning party deteriorated into brawls, leaving one person wounded by gunfire. Five people were arrested. It was the third consecutive weekend that police moved in to break up unity parties among large numbers of rival Crips and Bloods gang factions.
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February 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police late Thursday were looking for the driver of a vehicle in a fatal hit-and-run incident near Atwater Village. Passersby saw the body of an adult male shortly before 10 p.m. in the road near Fletcher and Riverside drives, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Fire Department medics and LAPD officers responded. A witness reported seeing a possible black Hyundai in the area, Officer Bruce Borihanh said.  Investigators were at the scene gathering evidence.
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February 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police on Thursday night released a photo of a person of interest in a hit-and-run incident that left a 19-year-old man dead. Jerry Arrendondo was killed Tuesday night when he was struck by a 2013 black Camaro that was speeding east on 105th Street near Wadsworth Avenue in South Los Angeles, police said. The driver of the Camaro struck Arrendondo and then hit several other vehicles before the driver and a passenger bailed out of the Camaro and ran away, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
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