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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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January 24, 2013 | By Reem Abdellatif
CAIRO - An Egyptian human rights groups reported this week that torture and police brutality, which helped spark a national uprising two years ago, have continued under the new Islamist-led government. Over the course of 2011 and 2012, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) documented more than 20 extrajudicial killings as a result of torture or "unnecessary" use of firearms by police forces, the group said in a report released ahead of the second anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolt that eventually toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1998 | JIM NEWTON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Just beneath the surface of Los Angeles' charter reform debate, a historic struggle for power is being waged inside the LAPD, with the department's chief trying to solidify his authority and the city's police union taking what once would have been considered desperate measures to resist. According to documents submitted to the city's two charter commissions and interviews with many of the principals, Police Chief Bernard C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday signed off on an 11th-hour agreement reached last week between the city and plaintiffs' attorneys under which he will appoint a full-time "compliance director" with sweeping powers to dictate changes related to the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2010 | By Victoria Kim and Jack Leonard
The U.S. Department of Justice has found significant flaws in the way Inglewood police oversee use-of-force incidents and investigate complaints against officers and has proposed a host of reforms to help ease fear and distrust among city residents. As part of a comprehensive review of the department, which is ongoing, Justice Department officials found that Inglewood's policies on the use of force are poorly written and legally inadequate despite recent reform efforts. In a letter sent to the city's mayor in December, federal officials called for numerous changes in the way the department trains and investigates its officers.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
LaTrell Washington, one of 25 recruits at the New Orleans Police Academy, said what everyone was thinking when she addressed her class at their graduation ceremony this month. "Mistakes have been made before our time," she said. "We are here to change the image of the New Orleans Police Department. " The cadets are the first to graduate under a new mayor and a new police superintendent who have done something that for this city is unprecedented. This spring they invited the Justice Department to help them clean up a police force that many think had crossed the line from petty corruption to brutality and murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday signed off on an 11th-hour agreement reached last week between the city and plaintiffs' attorneys under which he will appoint a full-time "compliance director" with sweeping powers to dictate changes related to the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1999
Police reform is rarely easy, but the process in Los Angeles has been particularly rough. Perhaps that can change now that the three key positions for effecting a combination of stability and reform are in place. For the first time in a long while, no one in these important posts is fighting to hold onto the job. Tuesday the Los Angeles Police Commission began a new and we hope productive era when it selected defense attorney Gerald L. Chaleff as its president. He joins Police Chief Bernard C.
OPINION
March 18, 2001
There's a joke going around City Hall that Mayor Richard Riordan is working on his legacy room: The problem is he started out with a closet and now is trying to remodel it into a family room in the three months before he leaves office. Thus a frenzy of activity came to Los Angeles last week in the form of two press conferences, one on new disciplinary rules for police officers and another on the restoration of officers working as liaisons with neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Financial reports from Citizens for Law Enforcement and Reform (CLEAR), a campaign committee sponsoring the ballot measure for reform of the Los Angeles Police Department, show that it has raised more than $154,000. Here's a look at contributions from Jan. 1 to March 17. Descriptions of individual contributors are their own. CONTRIBUTOR EMPLOYER/OCCUPATION AMOUNT Roy A. Anderson Lockheed Corp. $ 2,500 Atlantic Richfield Co.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Justice Department officials announced Tuesday that they have opened an investigation into whether Albuquerque police used “unreasonable deadly force” against civilians.  The announcement came after a series of controversial officer-involved shootings and abuse cases in New Mexico's largest city that triggered protests, lawsuits and demands for a police department overhaul. City officials had previously rejected appeals for a Justice Department review, but agreed to cooperate after federal officials began a preliminary review last year.
NATIONAL
September 13, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Portland, Ore., will continue to revise its policies as part of an agreement with the federal government, which found a pattern of excessive force by police when dealing with mentally ill suspects, officials said Thursday. The agreement, which comes after a more than year-long investigation, was announced at a news conference by city and federal officials in Portland. Officials praised the agreement, which calls for better training and oversight. According to the Justice Department, the Portland Police Bureau “engaged in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force against people with mental illness.” During the Last three years, police have used deadly force 12 times, 10 of which, involved mentally ill suspects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 | By Joe Mozingo and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Rodney King never set out to be a James Meredith or Rosa Parks. He was a drunk, unemployed construction worker on parole when he careened into the city's consciousness in a white Hyundai early one Sunday morning in 1991. While he was enduring the videotaped blows that would reverberate around the world, he wanted to escape to a nearby park where his father used to take him. He simply wanted to survive. PHOTOS: Rodney King | 1965- 2012 He did survive, but the brutal beating transformed the troubled man into an icon of the civil rights movement.
OPINION
January 30, 2012 | Jim Newton
At first glance, a proposal by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to clarify the way police handle cars they impound from unlicensed drivers doesn't sound controversial. But his proposal touches one of the city's hot-button issues - illegal immigration - and it reopens a larger, historical question: Who's in charge of the city's police? Under Beck's plan, police officers would be given guidelines for when they should impound the cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - a penalty that can impede a driver's ability to work and cost him or her almost $1,400 - and when they should instead merely hold a car until a licensed driver can pick it up. Factors such as the driver's record and the seriousness of the violation would dictate which approach would be employed and presumably discourage arbitrary and unequal treatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2010 | By Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times
Long Beach police had ample time to identify themselves before shooting and killing a 35-year-old man holding a water nozzle, according to the findings of an investigation by the family's attorney. Police fatally shot Douglas Zerby, 35, on Sunday when they believed he posed a threat to their safety. Zerby was carrying a metal-tipped water nozzle and pointed it at officers, authorities said. They believed it to be a gun. FOR THE RECORD: Long Beach shooting: An article in the Dec. 18 LATExtra section about the shooting of Long Beach resident Douglas Zerby by police said that officers ordered Zerby to drop his weapon, which was actually a pistol-grip water nozzle.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
LaTrell Washington, one of 25 recruits at the New Orleans Police Academy, said what everyone was thinking when she addressed her class at their graduation ceremony this month. "Mistakes have been made before our time," she said. "We are here to change the image of the New Orleans Police Department. " The cadets are the first to graduate under a new mayor and a new police superintendent who have done something that for this city is unprecedented. This spring they invited the Justice Department to help them clean up a police force that many think had crossed the line from petty corruption to brutality and murder.
OPINION
June 11, 2000
Northern Ireland's restored home-rule Assembly is back at work but faces renewed strains between Catholics and Protestants over police reform in the British province. Last fall, a report prepared by former Hong Kong Gov. Chris Patten established a blueprint for reformation of the provincial police, but the draft legislation needed to implement the recommendations is seriously flawed, diluting many of Patten's proposals.
NEWS
February 29, 1992 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a broad statement of policy intended to guide reform of the Los Angeles Police Department, the City Council on Friday directed the Police Commission to develop plans for driving racism, sexism and bias from the department, curbing the use of force and ending a "code of silence" among officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
The Pasadena Police Department will institute a host of reforms and order new tactical training for its officers in light of a watchdog report on a fatal officer-involved shooting last year, police officials said in a written response to the report. Two police officers, whose names have been withheld by court order at the request of the officers' union, fired 11 shots at Leroy Barnes Jr. during a traffic stop in February 2009. Several of the shots were fired as Barnes was prone on the ground.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2010 | By Victoria Kim and Jack Leonard
The U.S. Department of Justice has found significant flaws in the way Inglewood police oversee use-of-force incidents and investigate complaints against officers and has proposed a host of reforms to help ease fear and distrust among city residents. As part of a comprehensive review of the department, which is ongoing, Justice Department officials found that Inglewood's policies on the use of force are poorly written and legally inadequate despite recent reform efforts. In a letter sent to the city's mayor in December, federal officials called for numerous changes in the way the department trains and investigates its officers.
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