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October 15, 1989 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lorene Grant, a 59-year-old mother of seven and grandmother of "30-some," sat outside the front door of her small apartment in the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts recently and gave her assessment of the "neighbors" who moved in next door three months ago. "Well, they're getting a little more polite," Grant said. "Some of them are beginning to recognize that you're a senior citizen and that they can speak to you without wanting to go upside your head."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2009 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County's gun exchange program collected 5,337 weapons in 2009, including 144 assault-style rifles. The Sheriff's Department and supporters of the "gifts for guns" program handed out more than $428,100 in gift cards throughout the year at supermarket parking lots around the county in exchange for the weapons. "I tell the deputies if it is a gun that could harm one of our deputies, then it is a gun we want off the street," said Lt. Anthony Lucia, who oversaw the collection of 281 weapons this week at a Ralphs market in Compton.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several community leaders and heads of organizations voice positive opinions on community-based policing in the San Fernando Valley, though few know about it in detail. A sampling of views: * "I think there has been progress made," said Jose DeSosa, a Valley resident and state president of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. He reports improvement in the relationship between police and the community, particularly in the Valley, since the Rodney G. King beating.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was mildly critical Tuesday of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose angry response to a Cambridge, Mass., police officer touched off a national debate involving President Obama. Powell, interviewed by CNN's Larry King, cited times when he was a victim of racial profiling -- including as national security advisor. Sometimes, he said, you just have to let it slide. The confrontation between Gates, a noted black scholar, and white police Sgt.
NEWS
June 21, 1996 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One year to the day after Los Angeles police officers beat Rodney G. King and sent the LAPD and the city into convulsions, more than 500 residents of South-Central gathered in a school auditorium for a meeting they hoped would usher in a more productive era in police-community relations. In those days, Chief Daryl F. Gates was hanging on for his professional life, and the city's faith in its police had plummeted to record lows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned that community policing has faltered in Los Angeles with the reassignment of 180 senior lead officers from the program, a City Council panel asked the LAPD on Monday to develop a new plan for improving the working relationship between officers and residents. The vote followed the release Monday of a USC survey that found less than half of Los Angeles residents think the LAPD is doing a "good or very good" job.
NEWS
April 17, 1994 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To Los Angeles neighborhoods where crime has shredded the social order, now comes community-based policing--an idea that is at once disturbingly vague, tantalizingly hopeful and eagerly embraced by people with vastly different notions of what it entails. To Ping Own, a Taiwanese immigrant with an auto service center near Los Angeles Harbor, it means clearing out the day laborers who gather on the curb outside his business and scare away his customers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1994
The Police Department is starting a program that will enlist volunteers to check the homes of vacationing residents, said Police Capt. Dave Abrecht. The program, "Volunteers in Policing--VIP's," is part of the community policing philosophy adopted by the Police Department last year, Abrecht said. It encourages partnerships between police and residents, he added. More volunteers are needed to implement the program, Abrecht 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
January 15, 1992 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday led about 20 angry residents of the Imperial Courts housing project to the Los Angeles Police Commission, where they accused police of continually harassing and abusing tenants in the sprawling complex. "Please call off the dogs," the Los Angeles Democrat told commission members. "Keep them from abusing the people." Waters and the residents alleged that, since the Nov.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2009 | Robin Abcarian and Kim Murphy
To some police officers, President Obama was merely speaking the truth about how a certain department behaved in a difficult situation. To others, he committed the unpardonable sin of sticking his nose where it does not belong. When Obama accused Cambridge, Mass., police officers Wednesday of acting "stupidly" when they arrested his friend, Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2009 | Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police are riding a crest of goodwill that has pushed the department's popularity to levels not sustained since the late 1980s as cops continue to post gains on fighting crime and building closer ties with the people they serve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2009 | Joel Rubin
After several years of court-ordered reforms, the Los Angeles Police Department has heightened its image among Angelenos and made significant improvements in the performance and attitudes of its officers, according to a new Harvard University study released Monday. In asking for the study and giving researchers unusual access to the department, LAPD Chief William J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Adrianne Sears said she felt powerless and frustrated last summer when Inglewood residents angrily demanded to know why police in the span of four months had fatally shot four men -- three of whom were unarmed. As chairwoman of the Citizen Police Oversight Commission, residents expected that she and other commissioners would have answers. But they had none. "We should have been in the know, and, of course, we weren't," Sears said.
WORLD
February 4, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Hundreds of Brazilian riot police occupied one of Sao Paulo's biggest slums after a night of shootouts and car burnings that saw three police officers shot in street combat with bands of young men. Youths angry over the police killing of a suspect set vehicles and tires ablaze to blockade the streets of the Paraisopolis slum, Sao Paulo's public safety department said in a statement. Rioters looted businesses. Officers invaded the slum firing rubber bullets and lobbing tear gas, leading to overnight clashes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
Transit police Monday wrapped up their investigation into the controversial shooting death of an African American man by an officer and, just hours later, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District board created a panel to oversee police department activities. BART Police Chief Gary Gee said his department forwarded the investigation results Monday morning to the Alameda County district attorney's office, which will decide whether to charge transit Officer Johannes Mehserle in the death of Oscar J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
The citizen advisory group charged with assessing the state of police-community relations in San Diego got an earful Thursday night when Southeast San Diego residents turned out 200 strong and pronounced the condition of relations nil. "I don't think in this neighborhood there are any relations between citizens and the police," Janet Aburto informed the Citizens Advisory Board on Police-Community Relations. Her opinion was repeated over and over at the public forum in Encanto.
NEWS
April 14, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is Friday in the barrio. The stage is set for this night's heat between police and Latinos when a black-and-white unit pulls up and a suspected gang member bolts into a shadowy apartment. "I'm going in there after you," a police officer calls to the youth. Neighbors cluster to watch. Soon, people are shouting in Spanish and broken English that the officer has no right to enter their homes. Minutes later, the youth emerges on his own.
WORLD
December 11, 2008 | Maria Mikalef and Sebastian Rotella, Mikalef is a special correspondent and Rotella is a Times staff writer.
Hooded youths attacked the Athens courthouse with firebombs Wednesday and a general strike by labor unions shut down most of the country as nationwide urban unrest entered its fifth night. The worst riots in years, sparked by the fatal shooting by police of a 15-year-old boy Saturday, have left Greece's fragile center-right government fighting for survival. The strike by about 100,000 workers shut down most transportation as well as banks and hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Pfeifer is a Times staff writer.
Either Orange County sheriff's deputies are among the most courteous cops in California, or something else is discouraging the public from filing complaints about them. The Orange County Sheriff's Department received 113 complaints about its employees last year, compared to nearly 2,400 about sheriff's employees in Los Angeles County, according to department records obtained by The Times.
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