The LAPD and the May Day Mayhem
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Twenty-six officers could face discipline for the confusion and misdirection that led to excessive force against peaceful protesters and news reporters on May 1st in LA’s Mac Arthur Park. Also tonight, the price of water is going up and Southern California may face rationing.
Report on May Day Melee Faults LAPD ()
Forty-two cops, reporters and peaceful protesters were injured in LA’s MacArthur Park on May 1st of this year. The blame lies with errors by senior commanders of the LAPD. That’s according to the department’s much-awaited report to the Police Commission made public today. It says that top officers on the scene “underestimated the size and significance” of a rally for immigrants; that confusion over who was in charge led to conflicting orders; that officers “appeared to use more force” than policy allows, including baton strikes to cause people to move even when they were just standing around.
- William Bratton: Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
- Tim Sands: President of the Police Protective League
- Connie Rice: Chair of the School Construction Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee, @ConnieRicePCN
MWD Warns of Water Cuts and Higher Rates ()
The Metropolitan Water District serves 18 million people in Southern California. It provides 82% of Santa Monica’s water supply; 60% for Pasadena and 50% for Burbank. Even Los Angeles, which has its own Department of Water and Power, gets 34% its water from the MWD.
- Jeffrey Kightlinger: General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District
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