Law enforcement reform in LA and OC

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Two Community Safety Partnership officers stand watch as volunteers pass out school supplies at Watts Empowerment, a community center in the middle of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb.

Americans are calling for police reform nationwide. Locally, LA Police Department Captain Emada Tingirides is going to lead the new Community Safety Partnership Bureau. The way this group operates is supposed to inform the LAPD’s new approach to policing.

In Orange County, the Sheriff’s Department has seen scandal after scandal involving jail informants, escaped inmates, and improper handling of evidence. In recent weeks, that list has grown with accusations of deputies lying, stealing, and breaking and entering. What will Sheriff Don Barnes do about these allegations?