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On Skid Row early this year, an unarmed black man was shot to death by the LAPD. Chief Charlie Beck defended the killing because officers claimed the man had grabbed one of their pistols. But an investigative reporter says police body cams and interviews tell a different story. 

Also, after another incident of jailhouse brutality, we ask LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell why the new inspector general can’t get the records of personnel investigations. Plus, why many outdoor showers will be turned off at some beaches but left on at others.

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel

LA Sheriff Responds to Alleged Jail Abuse by Officers 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Less than a month ago, three LA Sheriff's deputies were convicted of beating a handcuffed visitor in County Jail and then lying to cover the story. Other officers face charges in two upcoming trails. Over the past weekend, Sheriff Jim McConnell relieved ten jail employees of duty -- including three supervisors -- in yet another case of jailhouse abuse.

Guests:
Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff (@LACoSheriff)

More:
LASD Inspector General Max Huntsman on LA County jail indictments

Local Law Enforcement under the Microscope 11 MIN

On March first of this year, an unarmed, black man named Charly Keunang was tased and then shot to death on Skid Row by officers of the LAPD. Video shot by a bystander went viral. At a news conference, Chief Charlie Beck defended the killing because the man grabbed one officer's pistol. The LAPD has not released video recordings from body cams worn by two of the four officers involved. But Jeff Sharlet says he has seen them. He also says he's reviewed recordings of the officers telling detectives what happened. Sharlet is an associate professor of creative writing at Dartmouth College. He reported his findings in GQ magazine in an article titled "The Invisible Man."

Guests:
Jeffrey Sharlet, Dartmouth College (@JeffSharlet)

No Showers at Most State Beaches 6 MIN, 10 SEC

Wednesday, the showers at most California state beaches will be shut off because of the drought, but in parts of LA County, they'll still be on. They're managed by the County's Department of Beaches and Harbors, which is free to ignore orders from the State. Brian Ketterer is southern operations chief for the State Department of Parks and Recreation.

Guests:
Brian Ketterer, California State Parks (@CAStateParks)

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