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September 28, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday evening quietly rescinded the department's car impound policy, a controversial set of rules Beck put in place last year to be more lenient on immigrants in the country illegally, but which had come under fire from his own officers and a judge who found the policy violated state law. The surprise move marked a stark reversal for Beck, who just days earlier had reiterated in an interview with the Los...
October 27, 2009 | William J. Bratton, William J. Bratton is chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The Police Foundation's report is available online at http://www.policefoundation. org/strikingabalance/.
On March 12, Juan Garcia, a 53-year-old homeless man, was brutally murdered in an alley off 9th and Alvarado streets in the Westlake District, just west of downtown Los Angeles. At first, the police were stumped; there were no known witnesses and few clues. Then a 43-year-old undocumented immigrant who witnessed the crime came forward and told the homicide detectives from the Rampart station what he saw. Because of his help, a suspect was identified and arrested a few days later while hiding in skid row. Because the witness was not afraid to contact the police, an accused murderer was taken off the streets, and we are all a little bit safer.
April 16, 2008
Re "Mayor focuses on crime," April 15 It's been years since I coached, but I have some free advice for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Your batting average will never improve if you continue to just swing for the fences. Villaraigosa has started so many wild initiatives that The Times would need to print a two-page table just to squeeze in the highlights. The travel commitments alone would stagger a normal man, including his campaign swings for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Stay around for a change and finish something.
September 15, 1989
In one of the few government rulings in the nation requiring specific protection for workers who use video display terminals, Cal/OSHA has ordered the Fresno Bee to provide adjustable furniture, training and hourly breaks from typing to lessen the risk of repetitive-strain injuries.
April 16, 2007
Re "Police face new suit on immigrants," April 11 Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates had terrific foresight when he issued Special Order 40, relieving police officers of the responsibility of conducting stops or investigations based solely on the immigration status of a person. Gates' primary reason was to eliminate fears of deportation by immigrants who may otherwise cooperate with police. The best reason why Los Angeles police officers should not be an arm of immigration enforcement is that they should be available to attack more serious crimes, primarily the violent and murderous gangs that exist, a small minority of which are illegal immigrants.
May 1, 2008
On May Day last year, an inspiring day of peaceful protest here in Los Angeles was marred by a confrontation between two disreputable groups -- the thugs who exploited the event to tussle with police, and the police who responded with a melee of confused violence. There's no way to be sure that thugs won't show up again today, but there's every reason to expect that the police will be better prepared. In a visit to The Times this week, Police Chief William J. Bratton and his top brass -- including Deputy Chief Michael Hillmann, one of the LAPD's most respected veterans -- described a thoughtful plan for monitoring and, if necessary, controlling today's immigration marches.
June 7, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Steve Conlin knows this: A vodka by any other name would not sell as sweetly. Conlin's Ogden, Utah, distillery sells Five Wives Vodka, a product using a coy play on the state's history with polygamy . But not everyone is laughing and, in fact, the neighboring state of Idaho refused to allow the liquor to be sold in the state, citing objections over the vodka's name. But now Conlin is toasting a victory. On Wednesday, faced with threat of a lawsuit, Idaho said it will allow the sale of Five Wives Vodka.
August 12, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Linthicum
The controversial rules that officers in the Los Angeles Police Department must follow when deciding whether to impound vehicles are illegal, a judge ruled Monday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green, however, did not strike down the LAPD's impound policy immediately. In coming weeks, the judge will decide whether he should put his own ruling aside until an appeals court hears the case. Until then, the LAPD's policy will remain in effect, said Michael Kaufman, an attorney for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Lberties Union, which was part of a coalition defending the impound rules.
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