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April 3, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Because of TV, it looks bad for the cops. Police brutality may, indeed, be the issue regarding Monday's TV chopper footage of Riverside County Sheriff's deputies briefly roughing up suspected illegal immigrants after an 80-mile chase of a battered pickup truck that ended in South El Monte, with most of the 21 occupants fleeing, only to be apprehended later. Push the caution button, though.
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April 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy and Matt Stevens
As the uproar continues over how administrators initially responded to a viral cellphone video that showed a popular Santa Monica High School teacher taking down a student in class, Gabrielle Kinslow-Bourget recalls a very different scene. When her middle child, Al, died of cancer last year, Mark Black -- the longtime teacher and wrestling coach at the center of the current firestorm -- stood by the family's side.  Black, who was Al's wrestling coach and mentor, rallied community members for a celebration of Al's life in the high school wrestling room -- a place Kinslow-Bourget said her son called “a second home.” Now the coach, who Kinslow-Bourget, a single mother of three, called a “household name,” has been placed on paid administrative leave following a physical altercation with a student inside a classroom.
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April 1, 1987 | United Press International
Shanghai police arrested 17 people for smuggling and peddling pornographic videotapes, a newspaper reported. The arrests were labeled by the Huangpu Public Security Bureau in Shanghai as a "rare" case of smuggling, peddling, copying and showing pornographic videotapes, the Shanghai Evening News said Monday.
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral Friday. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh, and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident “utterly alarming” and  acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.  In a statement released hours after the fight, she called the teacher's use of physical restraint “unacceptable" and she pledged that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District would offer support to the student's family.
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June 25, 1988 | Associated Press
Authorities investigating allegations of fraud in the Pentagon's weapons-buying contracts have videotapes of consultants allegedly bribing Pentagon officials, NBC News reported Friday, the same day a Senate committee considered suspending payments to contractors under investigation. The officials in the videotapes are Victor Cohen, a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force, and James E.
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June 23, 1988
Marines who allegedly appeared in sexually explicit photographs and videotapes are being investigated under military regulations banning homosexuality, a spokesman at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base said. The material, seized in a raid on a beachfront condominium in Oceanside, reportedly featured eight to 10 Marine models, as well as civilians. It was being sold nationwide, Oceanside police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2001
As an American Muslim, I have no doubt that Osama bin Laden sponsored the horrific attacks of Sept. 11. He has all but admitted as much in earlier videotapes, often in chilling fashion. In the final analysis, however, the release of the purported "smoking gun" videotape (Dec. 14) will probably not have a significant impact on world opinion. Those who accept Bin Laden's culpability need no convincing, and those who doubt his involvement will not be convinced. A more relevant issue concerns the failure of the Bush administration to rally more than lukewarm support for the war on terrorism from the Muslim and Arab worlds.
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April 12, 1989 | NIESON HIMMEL and JOHN H. LEE, Times Staff Writers
A former Roman Catholic priest described by neighbors as a "perfect gentleman" is one of two men being sought in connection with a ring that allegedly made pornographic videotapes of young boys in Mexico and Southern California and distributed them worldwide, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. John Bauer, 52, was said by officers to have preyed on juveniles in Hollywood in recent years and to have owned porn shops in the Pacific Northwest. Bauer, the alleged ringleader, is believed to have fled the country after slipping through police hands several months ago. Also being sought--and also thought to have fled the country--is Victor Feliciano, 29, a Rosemead handyman.
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July 9, 1988
I felt sad and shocked after reading Carol Aronoff's column "Is the Time Past for Public Libraries? Rethinking a California Institution" (Opinion, June 26). Illiterates and dropouts are a product of the current antiquated educational system, which has one style of teaching for all students, regardless of their varying learning speeds, individual needs, motivation and attention spans. I was shocked to read that Aronoff thinks that videotapes and cassettes could magically capture students' attention (especially the illiterates)
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July 3, 1988
Regarding Martin Bernheimer's very interesting coverage of the Lotte Lehmann Centennial Symposium ("Centennial Celebration for a Singing Actress," June 5), I would like to point out an aspect of the master-class videotapes that was not clearly brought out in Santa Barbara. National Educational Television was chiefly interested in Lehmann herself, understandably, and wanted to give as much time as possible to her demonstrations. Originally nothing from "Der Rosenkavalier" had been assigned at all. But the TV director felt that a close-up study of Lehmann's Marschallin would be essential.
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November 5, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The Moreno Valley city councilman leaned back in his chair, his hands resting on his head as he took in the sight of stacks of bills - $2.3 million worth - piled on the table in front of him. On that January day, Marcelo Co looked relaxed as he closed a lucrative deal to deliver the necessary vote to rezone a parcel of land, believing he had accepted a bribe from a real estate broker, federal prosecutors said. But the broker was actually an undercover federal agent, and the transaction - one that authorities believe to be the largest bribe accepted by a public official in a sting operation in the United States - was captured on camera.
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October 31, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray. Some of the inmates are being forced to comply with medication orders; others are to be moved to new cells. The six tapes, created by guards abiding by a state policy to record all cell extractions, were shown in court in October as part of a lawsuit by inmates' lawyers seeking a ban on the use of pepper spray against the mentally ill. The tapes were ordered released by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton, who is holding hearings on the issue in Sacramento.
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September 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure sought by celebrities to protect their children's privacy, a bill to extend family leave benefits and a proposal for more earthquake sensors in California. The governor's signature on the privacy measure will make it a misdemeanor to attempt to photograph or videotape a child in a harassing manner if the image is being taken because the child's parent is a celebrity or public official. "Kids shouldn't be tabloid fodder nor the target of ongoing harassment," the bill's author, Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles)
OPINION
August 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It has been five years since a commission made up of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and others presented its startling report detailing holes in California's criminal justice system and making recommendations on how to mend them. One of the biggest problems the experts found was dozens of false confessions - assertions by people under interrogation that they had committed crimes when in fact they had not. The same panel reported that some jurisdictions, including some California counties and cities, had successfully responded to the surprisingly common phenomenon.
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May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man at the center of a videotaped altercation with Kern County sheriff's deputies earlier this month died from heart disease, not baton blows, authorities said Thursday. The county coroner's office labeled David Sal Silva's death accidental, adding that the primary cause was hypertensive heart disease. Videos taken by witnesses showed baton blows and a struggle between Silva and deputies. But at a news conference Thursday in Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said those blows were mainly to his midsection and were not fatal.
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May 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A man at the center of a videotaped altercation with Kern County sheriff's deputies month died from heart disease -- not baton blows, authorities said Thursday. The county coroner's office labeled David Sal Silva's death accidental, adding that the primary cause of death was hypertensive heart disease. During a news conference Thursday in Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood provided a detailed description of the deputies' actions. He also said there had been a rush to judgment against the deputies.
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April 8, 1989 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
The American film industry and the Bush Administration are trying to halt the spread of a new method of watching movies in East Asia, a method that could cut Hollywood's revenue by tens of millions of dollars annually. Over the last two years, hundreds of so-called "MTV" outlets have cropped up in Taiwan. Inside these complexes, small groups of teens and young adults watch videotapes in private rooms containing a television, a couch and free refreshments. Originally, these establishments featured rock videos from the American cable-television network MTV. Gradually, however, they switched to videotapes of feature-length movies, and the MTV name came to stand for "movie television" instead of its original meaning, "Music Television."
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September 20, 2003 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
California and Texas authorities are investigating whether an Orange County man caught with more than 100 allegedly homemade child pornography videotapes may have been selling them. Law enforcement officials also are scrutinizing David S. Hwang's possible involvement in an international porn-distribution ring that was broken up two years ago by federal authorities. Though his name surfaced at the time, there was not enough evidence to pursue Hwang, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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May 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 33-year-old Palmdale man was charged with disguising himself as a woman so he could secretly shoot videos inside a women's bathroom, authorities said Tuesday night. Jason Pomare allegedly wore women's clothing, including a bra and wig, and then hid the camera in a paper bag to shoot videos of women inside a department store bathroom, authorities said. A deputy responding to a call from security personnel Saturday at the Antelope Valley Mall found Pomare "wearing a wig and dressed as a woman," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said in a statement.
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May 13, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Richard Winton
The sharp cracks echoing from the East Bakersfield street were loud enough to jolt Ruben Ceballos from a midnight slumber. Then he heard screams. The 19-year-old jumped from his living room sofa and hurried to the kitchen door, which offered a view of the violent scene unfolding outside. It was then, Ceballos said in an interview Monday, that he realized the sounds that woke him were the reports of batons striking a man's head.   “I saw two sheriff's deputies on top of this guy, just beating him,” Ceballos said.
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