FROM Skipp Townsend
What’s the State of Police-Community Relations in LA? Former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is credited with bringing a community policing approach to the LAPD, a department that, before his arrival in 2002, had been notorious for its poor relationship with the city’s minority communities. Chief Charlie Beck has continued and expanded the community policing policy. At an LAPD graduation ceremony Friday, Chief Beck told new police recruits to have empathy for those they with whom they come into contact. What’s the state of police-community relations in Los Angeles? A gang interventionist tells us about his involvement with LAPD’s efforts to improve community relations in South LA.
The Legality of Gang Injunctions The City of L.A. has agreed to pay $30 million in a lawsuit over its gang injunctions. We hear from the lawyer representing gang members and from a gang interventionist and former gang member.
Murky Link between SoLA Violence and Social Media Chatter Threats that used to be spray-painted on the sides of buildings are now turning up on line. They might come from anywhere — but they're creating fears in some neighborhoods.
Making L.A.: Policing The LAPD has received a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But so far, violent crime is actually up 26 percent this year. The national conversation about police shootings has also touched LA. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people: nearly one a week. Today, in the latest installment of our Making L.A. series, we look at policing in Los Angeles.
Gang Violence and Demographic Change Earlier this week, we reported that a black family with no gang connections was driven out of its new home in Compton. Two members of a Latino gang have been arrested, and sheriff's deputies are looking for more suspects. The incident was especially shocking to some people, because Compton historically was a black city. Now it's 65 percent Latino.
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.
Are President Trump's global business dealings illegal? We look at President Trump’s new potential business interests in China, and whether they violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Also, a Washington DC wine bar has sued the president, saying the Trump Hotel has an unfair advantage because of its tie to the president.
Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.