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London's seen its worst unrest in decades. LA saw America's most violent, deadly civil disturbance in the 20th Century. The LAPD may have some valuable lessons to share. Also, California Congressman Xavier Becerra is named to the Super Committee. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, different opinions about the causes of Britain's riots and how this week's civil disturbing might affect next year’s Olympic Games.

Banner image: Riot police face a mob in Hackney, north London on August 8, 2011. Photo by Ki Price/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Julia Flucht
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Making News Xavier Becerra Named to the Super Committee 9 MIN, 54 SEC

The infamous debt-ceiling deal created a so-called Super Committee of six Senators and six members of Congress. It's their job, between now and Thanksgiving, to find $1.2 trillion in savings over ten years. If they come to agreement, then both houses of Congress will have to vote up or down. No amendments. No filibusters. No delays. The Super Committee is now complete, with three members appointed by leaders of each party in each house. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi has named Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles as one of three Democrats from Congress.

Guests:
Xavier Becerra, Congressman (D-LA)

Main Topic Riot-control Lessons for London from the LAPD 9 MIN, 24 SEC

London has seen its worst unrest in decades. Los Angeles saw America's most violent and deadly civil disturbance in the entire 20th Century.  It's dangerous to compare events in different cities at different historical moments, but there's one apparent similarity to what happened in London this week and what happened here in Los Angeles in 1992. When trouble began, the police were late to the action; looting and violence spread and went on for days. How would the Los Angeles Police Department respond now? Lt. Andy Neiman has been with the LAPD for 25 years, joining six years before LA's riots.


Guests:
Andy Neiman, Los Angeles Police Department (@LAPDHDQTRS)

Main Topic Riots in London and Next Year's Olympic Games 7 MIN, 56 SEC

In London this week, the worst civil unrest since race riots in the 1980's has raised questions about the Conservative government, ethnic tensions, popular culture and disaffected young people. Today, Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament the London police could have nipped it in the bud.

Guests:
Peter Whittle, New Culture Forum
Jonathan Freedland, Guardian newspaper

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