FROM Craig Lally
LAPD Response to Use-of-Force Recommendations The new report on use-of-force by the Los Angeles Police Department calls for increased emphasis on de-escalation, but some critics are concerned that this may lead to unsafe conditions for the police. We hear from the head of the police officers’ union and a critic of the commission’s report.
Chief Beck Calls for Charges in Shooting of Homeless Man For the first time in the case of a fatal, on-duty shooting, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has called for criminal charges against one of his officers. Clifford Proctor, shot and killed an unarmed, black civilian named Brendon Glenn last May in Venice. Beck's recommendation has gone to District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Is the LAPD Over-Reacting to a Hostile Atmosphere? Last Saturday night, two officers of the LAPD shot and killed a man in Van Nuys after the back window of their patrol car was broken out by a beer bottle. The man was unarmed, but has not been identified. The officers’ attorney says they rightfully feared for their lives because of a video they were shown at roll call. Chief Charlie Beck initially said the video represented a possible threat. Now he says that it did not. The editorial board of the LA Times says a lot of questions still need to be answered.
Will Police Body Cams Make the LAPD User Friendly? When police departments around the country have mandated body cameras, both uses of force by officers and public complaints have often dropped dramatically. Starting Monday, the LAPD will issue 860 body cams — the first of a planned 7000. But, even though the Police Commission, the police department and the police union agree they’re a good idea, many questions remain.
A Decision — but No Final Verdict — in the Killing of Ezell Ford It's been ten months since Ezell Ford was shot and killed by two officers of the LAPD. He was an unarmed, mentally ill black man. But much about the incident has still not been made public. Yesterday, the civilian Police Commission over-ruled both Chief Charlie Beck and its own Inspector General by voting unanimously that both officers were wrong to draw their weapons and that one was wrong to pull the trigger. Police President Steve Soboroff explained that's as far as the Commission can go.
Will Different Pictures Tell the Same Story? Protesters marched from Skid Row to police headquarters today in downtown Los Angeles. The immediate issue was Sunday's police killing of a homeless, black man identified today as Charley Robinet, a 39-year-old French national. He reportedly was released from a federal prison in May after serving 15 years for a bank robbery in Thousand Oaks. Cell phone video of Sunday's shooting death has gone viral. Police have yet to release pictures taken by body cams on two of several officers involved in the killing.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?