- Making News: Toddler Dies during Gun Fight with LAPD
On Sunday, near 104th and Avalon in South-Central Los Angeles, an LAPD SWAT team engaged in a lengthy shoot-out with 35 year-old Jose Raul Pe-a. After one officer was struck in the shoulder, 11 returned fire and Pe-a was killed. So was his 18 month-old daughter, who police say Pe-a used as a "shield." Mayor Villaraigosa has responded to community outrage by saying he grieves for the mother who lost her child and for the officers, who are said to be "traumatized" because of the baby's death. This afternoon, Chief William Bratton spoke to reporters. We hear from Bratton and others on the use of force by police.
- Reporter's Notebook: Orange County's PBS TV Station May Get Religion
In June, 2004 Orange County's Coast Community College District sold KOCE Public TV to a foundation made up of business and community leaders. Last month, a state appeals court canceled the deal, accusing District trustees of "the rankest form of favoritism" for ignoring a better offer, which came from the Christian broadcaster Daystar of Dallas, Texas. We hear more from Richard Sherman, attorney for Daystar, and Mel Rogers, General Manager of KOCE.
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Then and Now: Is LA Still the Car Capital of the World? Urban planners got some bad news today. Ridership on public transit in Southern California is on the decline, despite the billions being spent in recent years to build light rail and subway lines. Why aren't more drivers leaving their cars at home, as traffic gets more congested than ever? Meantime, there's a shortage of money to repair aging roads, bridges and other parts of the infrastructure. We look at the impact on the state's economy.
Does California Have a Double Standard for the Public's Protection? Porter Ranch and Vernon are mirror images of each other. In one, schools have been closed and thousands of residents are being moved away by the polluter—just months after a natural gas leak was discovered. In the other, residents complained for years about health risks to school children from exposure to lead and arsenic from a battery recycling plant— until the federal government finally stepped in.
Is 'Warfare' a Thing of the Past at the LAPD? Video of police misconduct wasn’t as common 25 years ago as it is today. The spectacle of LAPD officers beating Rodney King was a wake-up call, but didn’t persuade a jury in Simi Valley. When the cops received not-guilty verdicts, the city exploded. We hear from veteran officers who say they’ve changed. What about their tactics? Have they gained the trust of marginalized communities and people of color?
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