February 13, 2013
Re "Take guns from fired cops," Column, Feb. 11 George Skelton's argument is illogical. The ex-cop Christopher Dorner was fired for making false reports, which doesn't necessarily indicate a predisposition toward violence that would require his gun-ownership rights to be revoked. Several years had passed since his firing before he allegedly went on a killing spree. Several journalists have lied in print. I would expect Skelton to give equal accounting to them and have their guns confiscated.
April 14, 2012 |
ALBUQUERQUE - Mike Gomez was in Las Vegas on business last May when an early-morning phone call delivered terrible news: His son Alan had been shot dead by an Albuquerque police marksman. The 22-year-old construction worker had been acting erratically while in the throes of drug-induced hallucinations, said police. They mistakenly believed he had a gun and was holding two people hostage. The shooting was one of 23 officer-involved shootings, 17 of them fatal, since January 2010, a string that has given Albuquerque one of the highest police shooting rates in the country.
October 16, 2011 |
Describing his road back from the Hollywood hinterland, actor Steve Guttenberg uses a preferred tactic: He reaches for a metaphor. "I've played at the small ballpark. But now I want to be at Yankee … Stadium," the actor said, punctuating his words with the gerund form of a certain four-letter word. "I'd rather be a batboy on the Yankees than a power hitter on the … Blue Jays. " Deploying the Blue Jays as a symbol of his box-office futility may be putting it kindly. Over a four-year period in the 1980s, Guttenberg had a stunning run. Though only in his 20s, the actor anchored seven hit films: He was the diaper-changing cartoonist in "Three Men and a Baby," the robot-protecting scientist in "Short Circuit," the unsuspecting boat owner in "Cocoon" and the wisecracking police cadet, Carey Mahoney, in the "Police Academy" franchise.
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October 16, 2010 |
Classes have been suspended at Rio Hondo College's police academy and officials are being forced to rewrite questions on officer tests used statewide after someone obtained those test materials and put them in a study guide. The state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training ordered that all future classes of trainees at the Rio Hondo academy in Whittier be suspended until it completes an investigation into a breach of test security. Officials say that of the 122 trainees at the academy, 22 were being sponsored by regional police departments, which they were expected to join as officers.
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December 9, 2009 |
A Los Angeles police officer killed in a motorcycle accident last week had been drinking at a bar on the department's training academy campus the night he died and had a blood-alcohol level "well over" the legal limit, a police official said Wednesday. After the early-morning crash Dec. 3, department officials launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Officer Kenneth Aragon's death in an effort to determine whether he was plied with too much alcohol by academy bartenders or got drunk at another location, said LAPD Cmdr.
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December 4, 2009 |
It was all pomp and pageantry at the LAPD's downtown headquarters Thursday as newly appointed Chief Charlie Beck was sworn in to office -- for a second time. Beck officially became the department's leader a few weeks ago when the City Council unanimously approved his nomination by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Beck, 56, took the oath of office in a brief ceremony after the council vote. Thursday's event was for show and celebration. Against the backdrop of City Hall, elected officials, department brass and a few hundred other guests filled the courtyard outside the Los Angeles Police Department's gleaming new headquarters.