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September 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge dismissed charges against a bicyclist who was body-checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video. At the prosecution's request, Criminal Court Judge James Burke dropped a charge of resisting arrest against Christopher Long, 29, of Hoboken, N.J. Long was arrested July 25 during a Critical Mass bicycle ride through Times Square. Police said he had obstructed traffic and deliberately steered his bicycle into an officer. After the video emerged showing the policeman knocking Long to the ground, Officer Patrick Pogan was stripped of his badge and gun and assigned to desk duty.
August 14, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Times Staff Writer
Defending her management of a long-troubled department, Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told reporters Wednesday that she helped initiate an independent review of her agency after the first of a spate of officer-involved shootings that left three people dead. Seabrooks said she also stood by her decision to return Officers Brian Ragan and Roman Fernandez to active duty a month after the May 11 shooting that left Michael Byoune, 19, dead and two others wounded.
July 22, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton is seeking permission to make the department's review of officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force incidents less punitive for some officers who violate department rules. The Los Angeles Police Commission, which oversees the Police Department, is poised to vote today on whether to approve Bratton's proposed changes to how he and his command staff deal with officers who use serious force during altercations.
July 2, 2008 | Jack Leonard and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said Tuesday he has placed three officers on home assignment as the department moved swiftly to investigate allegations that officers lied under oath during a recently dismissed drug possession trial. Bratton said he ordered the reassignment after one of the officers notified a Los Angeles Police Department watch commander that a judge had thrown out the charges, ruling that a videotape of the arrest contradicted testimony by two of the officers.
June 25, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Despite lobbying efforts by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, an Assembly committee Tuesday killed a bill that would have cleared the way for the Los Angeles Police Department to make officers' disciplinary hearings and records open to the public. The bill faced stiff opposition from many of the state's powerful police unions, which argued that the measure would compromise officer safety. LAPD Chief William J.
June 24, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
The mother of a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot by Inglewood police officers who mistakenly believed gunfire was coming from the vehicle he was riding in filed a claim seeking $25 million in damages from the city, the family's attorney said Monday. It was filed on behalf of Michael Byoune, who died from his wounds, along with driver Larry White, 19, and passenger, Chris Larkin, 21, both of whom were injured in the May 11 shooting outside a Rally's restaurant, said attorney Carl Douglas.
June 17, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A state senator hopes to revive a controversial bill that would increase media access to disciplinary hearings and records involving Los Angeles Police Department officers. The legislation, according to Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), was encouraged by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and has already generated sharp criticism from the union that represents LAPD officers.
May 21, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Most Los Angeles police officers who are suspended without pay for misconduct rely on an unusual union-run insurance policy to reimburse them for lost wages. The pool of money -- thought to be the only one of its kind in the country and unknown to many outside the department's rank and file -- has come under sudden scrutiny from police watchdogs concerned about its effect on how officers are punished.
April 24, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday that it was trying to determine whether a sheriff's deputy who killed himself after being charged with molesting a 12-year-old boy may have sexually assaulted other minors. Gerald Stenger, 41, of Aliso Viejo was found dead earlier this month inside an unmarked car. Earlier the same day, he had learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest in the molestation case.
April 13, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Stuart Pfeifer and Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writers
They lied, they changed their stories and they compared notes even after being ordered not to by a special Orange County grand jury investigating a deadly beating at Theo Lacy Jail, the testimony shows. During 45 days of grand jury prodding, members of the Sheriff's Department repeatedly hindered the probe, according to thousands of pages of transcripts made public last week. Then-Sheriff Michael S.
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