LA County is trying to fire four social workers after the recent death of an 8-year-old boy—allegedly tortured by his mother and her boyfriend. Earlier this year, a scathing report on the lack of protection for thousands of abused children led to reforms now underway at the Department of Child and Family Services. But the record of failure is so aggravated and so long that the Board of Supervisors has appointed a blue-ribbon task force to see if more can be done. Also, the LAPD gets thousands of complaints that officers have engaged in racial profiling. Complaints continue, and now the Police Commission has approved current Chief Charlie Beck’s proposal for mediation.
Banner Image: Angelica Cervantes, 36, (R) and her son Tomas Cervantes, 6, sit in a motel room, Lucy Nicholson/REUTERS