What Went Wrong in MacArthur Park on May Day?
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For the past five years, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has trained an elite force of officers in crowd control. However, Bratton concedes that the troops who got out of control last Tuesday were the "best" that he has. We talk with police experts and others about his reaction and what should happen next. On Reporter's Notebook, Youth Radio reports on a Los Angeles high school student caught in the middle of the immigration debate.
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Chief Bratton Apologizes for LAPD Treatment of Protesters ()
LA Police Chief William Bratton’s most highly trained officers went out of control last Tuesday, when Platoon B of the Metro Squad fired rubber bullets and swung batons at peaceful demonstrators and reporters. The Chief says the cops outnumbered the few he called "agitators" more than three to one. LA Police Protective League President Bob Baker says, "We are being damned before a trial or investigation," which is having "a profound impact not only on Metro but every officer in the city."
- Merrick Bobb: President of PARC and Special Counsel to the County of Los Angeles
- Rick Orlov: City Hall Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Daily News, @Rickorlov
- Larry Aubry: Columnist for the Los Angeles Sentinel
- Eugene O'Donnell: Professor of Police Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Youth Radio: Caught in the Middle ()
The debate over immigration has a lot of young people caught in the middle. There’s pressure to take sides, while at the same time their own identity is changing. We hear a report from Youth Radio.
- Antony Jauregui: Senior at Inglewood High School
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