FROM Rob Saltzman
New Investigation Shows LAPD Misclassified 1,200 Violent Crimes The LA Police Commission is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to re-nominate Charlie Beck for a second term as Chief of the LAPD. One measure will be the rate at which crime has been going down. On Saturday, the LA Times reported that there has been mis-reporting. During 12 months, ending last September, almost 1,200 incidents of stabbings, beatings and robberies were classified as minor crimes rather than the felony crime of aggravated assault. Joel Rubin worked on the investigation, a study of thousands of police records, interviews with two-dozen current and retired LAPD officers and analysis by several experts. Commissioner Robert Saltzman has been critical—most recently, “surprised and troubled” — by the way Beck handed the Department’s purchase of his daughter’s horse.
LA Police Commission Pressures Chief on Officer Shootings LAPD Chief Charlie Beck makes a distinction between "mistakes of the heart and mistakes of the mind." That's from a report in today's LA Times that the Chief and the Police Commission are in disagreement on how to handle four police shootings that killed three people and wounded three more.
LA Builds a Jail for No One It's a state-of-the-art facility with electronic fingerprinting and a monitoring system that could provide updates on overcrowding -- if there were any inmates. What it needs is 100 additional jailers, but there's a hiring freeze. So, the $74 million structure stands empty. We hear more from LAPD Commander Scott Kroeber and Rob Saltzman of the LA Police Commission.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.