FROM Andy Neiman
New Statistics Report an Uptick in Crime in Los Angeles Friday morning, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti presented statistics for the first half of this year. The bad news is violent crime is up again for the second year running. And property crime is also up.
Keeping the Peace and Allowing the Outrage The LAPD says a small group got "out of control" in the Crenshaw District last night, breaking windows, attacking a TV crew and storming a Walmart store. Fourteen were arrested after what police call a "splinter group" broke off from a peaceful protest at Leimert Park. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez sampled neighborhood opinion this morning. This afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters about plans for this evening. While they acknowledged demonstrators' rights to protest peacefully, they said the law will be enforced. LAPD Chief Beck warned that disruption will be met with arrests.
Security at CicLAvia This Weekend In the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, nobody can ignore the issue of crowd safety. As we've heard, Sunday's CicLAvia could draw upwards of 100,000 people stretched over a distance of 15 miles. Lieutenant Andy Neiman is a spokesman for the LAPD.
The Hunt for Christopher Dorner Christopher Jordan Dorner was formally charged today with killing a Riverside police officer and attempting to kill two others. So-called "special circumstances" make him eligible for the death penalty. In his lengthy manifesto on Facebook, Dorner vows "unconventional warfare" against all officers involved in his firing by the LAPD — and their families. In many Southern California neighborhoods, armed guards have been assigned to guard his possible victims. Dorner says his careers as police officer and Navy reservist have been ended because he was falsely accused of lying because he is black. He says the LAPD is as racist as it was before the Rodney King beating, despite years of investigations, reforms and new chiefs leading a department with a majority of ethnic minorities. The subject of a manhunt big enough to be called unprecedented in Southern California history, a $1 million reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Riot-control Lessons for London from the LAPD 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.
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.