FROM Luann Pannell
Police academy gets a makeover Where might you find the safest café in all of LA? How about the one at the Los Angeles Policy Academy in Elysian Park? The public cafe and restaurant at the LAPD's training school is part of an ongoing remodel of an old LA institution that has been freshened up for a new age in policing. DnA producer Avishay Artsy took a tour last month and learned about a building handmade by officers and haunted by a ghost, as well as an education that teaches police how to shoot as well as when not to shoot.
Autism and Policing Picture a teenager wandering the street, behaving erratically. Police try to stop and talk with him, he reacts angrily and maybe runs. The police chase and catch him but it’s a struggle. What the police don’t know is that the kid has autism. Run-ins between police and autistic people are increasing, but the training for police in recognizing the signs of autism is minimal or even non-existent in many places. Now that’s starting to change.
Who is winning the fight to control LA’s public schools? Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Who was the terrorist and what does the attack mean for Manchester’s immigrant community? Also, we talk to newly elected LAUSD school board member Kelly Gonez and Alex Caputo-Pearl, head of the LA teachers union, about the most expensive school board race in the country’s history, the conflict between the union and charter school supporters, and the future of LA’s public schools.