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The Rampart Scandal in the 1990s was what it took to finally reform the LAPD in a meaningful way. But many LAPD watchers today wonder if the police department isn’t backsliding. Monday, the LAPD will roll out its first batch of body cameras. Officers assigned to the San Fernando Valley will begin testing the cameras next week, and South L.A. officers will get body cameras in mid-September. Then, people all over the world started seeing autoplay video of yesterday’s shooting of two Virginia journalists in their social media feeds. We look at how websites responded. And as California’s drought drags on, we’ve been hearing stories about farmers in crisis mode: fallowing fields, digging deeper wells, and irrigating crops with wastewater from oil drilling operations. But a recent report by the Pacific Institute finds that California’s agriculture industry had record revenues in the past two years. And, Angelenos on average spent 80 hours in traffic last year, and we claimed the worst stretch of freeway in the country: the southbound 101 from Woodland Hills to downtown. Finally, it’s been ten years since Hurricane Katrina destroyed communities in New Orleans. Thousands of Katrina refugees settled in California, many in Los Angeles. Cassandra Cousin is one of them.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing 15 MIN, 24 SEC

The Rampart Scandal in the 1990s finally led to meaningful police reform in the LAPD. But many LAPD watchers today wonder if the police department isn’t reverting to old, dangerous behaviors that lead to the unfair treatment of the city’s poor, minority residents. Monday, the LAPD will roll out its first batch of body cameras. Officers assigned to the San Fernando Valley will begin testing the cameras next week, and South L.A. officers will get body cameras in mid-September. Is change coming?

Guests:
Joe Domanick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (@JohnJayCollege)

Blue

Joe Domanick

Web Roundup: Autoplaying Traumatic Videos 8 MIN, 47 SEC

Wednesday, a TV anchor and her cameraman were murdered on live television and the shooting was also captured by the killer, who then uploaded the footage to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The video made its way into many people’s social media feeds, and started playing automatically. We look at the dark side of autoplay.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Despite the Drought, California Sees Record Farm Revenues 6 MIN, 28 SEC

As California’s drought drags on, we’ve been hearing stories about farmers in crisis mode: fallowing fields, digging deeper wells, and irrigating crops with wastewater from oil drilling operations. But a recent report by the Pacific Institute in Oakland seems to turn all that on its head. The report finds that California’s agriculture industry had record revenues in the past two years. Not only that, farmers last year hired more workers than ever before—417,000.

Guests:
Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute (@PacificInstitut)

More:
Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Agriculture

Traffic is Taking Your Time 7 MIN, 23 SEC

How many hours do you spend sitting in traffic? According to a new, nationwide traffic study, Angelenos on average spent 80 hours in traffic last year, and the city claimed the number one worst stretch of freeway in the country: the southbound 101 from Woodland Hills to downtown.

Guests:
Jim Bak, analyst at INRIX, the traffic data company that co-authored the new report. (@thebakster72)

More:
Performance Measure Summary - Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA

Katrina Refugees in L.A. 9 MIN, 37 SEC

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina destroyed communities in New Orleans, and some of the people who fled the storm have still not returned. Thousands of Katrina refugees settled in California. Many in Los Angeles. Cassandra Cousin is one of them.

This story was brought to us with the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.


Since leaving New Orleans, Cassandra Cousin has found solace at St. Brigid in South LA. (Photo: Alexandra Garreton)

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