September 11, 1996 |
A much-touted effort to expand the Los Angeles Police Department's unit that investigates police officers, one of the central recommendations of a reform panel convened in 1991, has stalled far short of its goal, thwarted by the drive to put more police on the street.
June 21, 1996 |
In a major blow to the state's tough "three strikes" law, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday that judges have the power to spare defendants lengthy sentences by overlooking prior convictions. The unanimous ruling is expected to have major ramifications for defendants sentenced under the 1994 law, potentially sparking a deluge of nearly 20,000 appeals in an already crowded court system.
July 11, 1991 |
John Burton got his first taste of police brutality as a long-haired flower child just out of high school in 1971. On his way home from a party in Bradbury, he and a friend were stopped by sheriff's deputies, who rifled through his friend's pockets and seized several joints of marijuana. As Burton recalls it, the officers then shoved his friend to the ground, handcuffed him and, laughing, punched him in the face. "Being a hippie . . .