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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

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Kerry Cavanaugh

Main Topic LA County Blue Ribbon Commission to Reform Child Welfare Angency 23 MIN, 9 SEC
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.  It’s first meeting will be tomorrow.  

Guests:
Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times (@gtherolf)
Marilyn Flynn, School of Social Work, USC (@USCDeanFlynn)
Dilys Garcia, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles
Andrew Bridge, Child Welfare Initiative

Making News LAPD to Pilot Racial Profiling Mediation Program 6 MIN, 32 SEC
The LAPD gets thousands of complaints that officers have engaged in racial profiling. Former Chief Bill Bratton called it impossible to get into the brain of an officer to determine whether drivers or pedestrians were stopped and even arrested because of race, ethnicity or religious attire. But complaints continue, and now the Police Commission has approved current Chief Charlie Beck’s proposal for mediation.

Guests:
Commander Stuart Maislin, LAPD

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