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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck promise that both protest rights and property rights will be protected if there are more demonstrations over the not-guilty verdict in Florida's Trayvon Martin killing. We hear what happened last night in the Crenshaw District and about official preparations in case there's more to come. Also, it's business versus labor again in the campaign for the last seat on the LA City Council. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, George Zimmerman used a gun to kill Trayvon Martin and the jury said he acted in self-defense. But, despite permissive new laws on gun use in many states, fewer and fewer American households actually have guns. With crime going down, does that mean gun control might have a future?

Banner image: People jump on a car on Crenshaw Boulevard during a protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial in Los Angeles, California July 15, 2013. Photo: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Reporter's Notebook Two Women Vie for Open Seat on LA City Council

Fourteen of the 15 seats on the LA City Council are already filled.  Next Tuesday, a special election will fill the final seat, vacated by Tony Cardenas, who's been elected to Congress. The run-off candidates are both former members of the San Fernando City Council. Cindy Montañez later served in the state legislature and at the DWP. Nury Martinez recently left the LA Unified School Board. Dakota Smith of the Daily News has been covering what's become a nasty campaign between former allies.

Dakota Smith, LA Times (@dakotacdsmith)

Main Topic Keeping the Peace and Allowing the Outrage

The LAPD says a small group got "out of control" in the Crenshaw District last night, breaking windows, attacking a TV crew and storming a Walmart store. Fourteen were arrested after what police call a "splinter group" broke off from a peaceful protest at Leimert Park. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez sampled neighborhood opinion this morning. This afternoon, Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters about plans for this evening. While they acknowledged demonstrators' rights to protest peacefully, they said the law will be enforced. LAPD Chief Beck warned that disruption will be met with arrests.

Andy Neiman, Los Angeles Police Department (@LAPDNeiman)
Jasmyne Cannick, social and political commentator (@jasmyne)
Connie Rice, Advancement Project in Los Angeles (@ConnieRicePCN)

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