- Newsmaker: Does Video Tell Truth in Inglewood Beating Case?
Many viewers of the recent Inglewood police beating videotape believe that two officers committed criminal misconduct, one for using excessive force, the other for not reporting it. But Lou Cannon, long-time Washington Post reporter and author of Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Change Los Angeles and the LAPD, admonishes that, however graphic, the video does not tell the full story.
- Reporter's Notebook: David Gascon, Candidate for LAPD Chief
LAPD Public Information officer David Gascon gained celebrity when he made the announcement that OJ Simpson had failed to turn himself in as a murder suspect. He was also department spokesman during Michael Jackson-s molestation case and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Recently promoted to Assistant Chief, the 31-year LAPD veteran now wants the department-s top job of replacing former Chief Bernard Parks.
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