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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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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.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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August 7, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Parolees on the Soboba Indian reservation have been ordered to leave or face possible arrest after the state corrections department said Wednesday that the area isn't safe for its officers to enter. "Due to escalating violence, we have asked our parolees to immediately leave the reservation," said Gordon Hinkle, deputy press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "Statute allows us to relocate any offender for their safety or the safety of others."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz and Joanna Lin, Times Staff Writers
State and federal officials on Friday called for additional investigations of the Inglewood Police Department after this week's fatal officer-involved shooting, the third such incident in the last three months. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement that she planned to call for a federal probe at a news conference Monday at City Hall. The state Legislative Black Caucus also called for California Atty. Gen.
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June 30, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Gia Lugo knows all about the gang turf battles in southern Orange County. So when she taught school in San Clemente, she was careful not to let students know that she lived in San Juan Capistrano. And she never told people in San Juan where she worked. "I was afraid to have a SJC sticker on my car because it might get tagged or vandalized," said Lugo, 36, who has lived in San Juan most of her life and remembers gangs in junior high.
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May 21, 2008 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The girlfriend of a Long Beach man killed in a police shooting said Tuesday that when she and her son called police Saturday to report an "absolutely insane" man on their street, they were seeking help for a mentally distraught friend, not a police showdown. The mentally ill man, Roketi Su'e, 46, was saying that he wanted to kill himself, but girlfriend Kathryn Holub, 48, said in a telephone interview she didn't think he was violent. "All he was doing was yelling," Holub said. "God loved him. I miss him. . . . I feel like people are looking at me like the bad guy, because I called 911 to get some help."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Hours before protesters kicked off pro-immigration marches Thursday, dozens of high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department officers gathered at a high-tech command center for a final planning session. In the middle of the meeting, Police Chief William J. Bratton unexpectedly stepped into the room, arms crossed, a stern look on his face. "May 1st last year was an embarrassment for this department.
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April 24, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
"You just come in to Laguna Beach, brand new?" Police Officer Jason Farris asked the weathered man in the brown, floppy hat. Lolling at the edge of the city bus depot -- bedroll, canteen and cane plunked by his side -- the man stiffened warily. But Farris was undeterred. Less than 15 minutes later, Johnny, as the man calls himself, was chattering about life as a tattoo artist as he flashed the cop photos of his former wife.
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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.
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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.
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April 20, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
Father Richard Estrada, an associate pastor at the 189-year-old Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles, is obviously not in a gang. But the dark-skinned Estrada, who speaks softly and wears his hair tied back in a ponytail, jokes that under the proposed changes to Special Order 40 he could "look like a gang member" and be stopped by police and forced to prove he is a legal resident.
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