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Abuse of force, misuse of weapons and criminal convictions have brought LA Sheriff’s Deputies unwelcome attention. The Board of Supervisors has created an Inspector General, but there is still demand for citizen oversight free of political influence to keep the spotlight turned on. We’ll hear the pros and cons.

Also, striking truckers could hurt business at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles; and the California Highway Patrol is under fire for last week’s videotaped freeway beating.

Banner Image Credit: Saul Gonzalez

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sasha Woodruff
Jenny Hamel

Port of LA Truck Drivers on Strike 6 MIN, 53 SEC

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles constitute the biggest economic engine in Southern California, accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in trade with Asia. Past work stoppages have been disastrous. Today, truck drivers announced strikes against three different companies—with no deadline or any plan to come back.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

More:
California truck drivers go on strike

LA Sheriff’s Oversight Committee Hits Snag 12 MIN, 5 SEC

LA Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina want a permanent civilian commission to oversee the troubled Sheriff’s Department. They want it established now, while the pressure is still on—after reports of systemic abuse of jailed inmates, misuse of weapons and the recent conviction of 6 deputies for obstructing the FBI.

Guests:
Miriam Krinsky, Los Angeles Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence
Brian Moriguchi, LA County Professional Peace Officers Association (@PPOAPresident)

More:
L.A. County interim sheriff urges delay for civilian oversight panel
What L.A.'s inspectors general need to succeed
To reform the Sheriff's Dept., look to the LAPD

CHP Under Fire after Officer Beats Woman on I-10 Freeway 6 MIN, 44 SEC

A video went viral this weekend showing an officer of the California Highway Patrol beating a woman on the Eastbound side of Interstate 10 near La Brea Avenue. CHP Deputy Commissioner Ramona Prieto met today with civil rights leaders, who said they were “very satisfied” at the attention.

Guests:
Pedro Baez, The Hutchinson Report

More:
Civil rights groups to meet with CHP after highway altercation

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