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The shooting of Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man in South L.A., has now divided the police chief and the Police Commission. How much authority does the civilian commission have over the LAPD? Then, a new documentary looks at the life and legacy of L.A.’s first and only black mayor, Tom Bradley. Madeleine talks to the director and Bradley’s daughter. Next, Rupert Murdoch is stepping down from 21st Century Fox. What’s his succession plan? And finally, in our weekly web roundup, SpaceX’s proposal to beam Internet service from space and Apple’s new streaming music service.

Image: The badge of a police officer of the Los Angeles Police Department

Policing in Los Angeles 14 MIN, 2 SEC

The shooting of Ezell Ford last August, has divided the police chief and the Police Commission. It has also stirred up old questions about LAPD policing, its relationship to the community, and the role and authority of the Commission. We look at the relationship between the force and its civilian overseers, and whether it might be changing.

Joe Domanick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (@JohnJayCollege)

'Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race' 14 MIN, 9 SEC

L.A. has a long history of strong-armed policing, but even though problems persist, the LAPD has come a long way. In the 1950s, the city was mostly white and largely conservative, and still a bit of a provincial backwater. The police chief was William H. Parker, who ran an often brutal and racist police force. The mayor in the 1960s was Sam Yorty, who refused to accept federal funds to improve the poorer parts of the city. That, along with police brutality created the anger that would ultimately explode in 1965 in Watts. But change was already happening. Two years before the riots, three black men were elected to the all-white city council. One of them, Tom Bradley, would go on to become mayor. His story - which is really the story of modern Los Angeles - is told in a new documentary. We hear from the director and Bradley’s daughter.

Lyn Goldfarb, Co-director of the new documentary 'Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race.'
Lorraine Bradley, Tom Bradley’s eldest daughter

Murdoch Stepping Down From 21st Century Fox 7 MIN, 31 SEC

Rupert Murdoch is reportedly handing over the control of 21st Century Fox to his younger son, James. He will keep control of News Corp. James will oversee the movie studio and the TV business. What could this mean for the company?

Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

Internet Roundup: SpaceX, Apple and More 9 MIN, 55 SEC

Elon Musk asked the government for permission this week to start testing a way to beam Internet service from space. If it’s successful, the project could eventually bring the Internet to billions of people around the world who are not online. How likely is it to happen, and what’s the competition? Also, Apple is entering the streaming music business. That and more in our weekly Internet news roundup.

Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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