Watts Riots: Chief Parker, Policing, and Our Weekly Web Roundup

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Ohio could be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana. But the measure has many opponents, including groups that have supported legalization in other states.

Then, “drone schadenfreude” seems to be a growing category of internet video. Why do people love to hate our new aerial overlords? That and more in our weekly web roundup.

And day three of our look back at Watts 50 years after the riots. South Los Angeles was on fire, and the man tasked with putting out that fire was LAPD Chief William H. Parker. When Parker took over the force in 1950, the LAPD was pretty much a goon squad that did the bidding of the rich and powerful in Los Angeles. Chief Parker cleaned up the force, and transformed it into a highly disciplined, militarized police department that became the envy of the world. But in South Los Angeles, the LAPD was viewed more as an occupying army.

Finally, after Watts erupted in 1965, policing stayed much the same through the ‘90s. We take a look at what it means to police Watts today. We met up with the Deputy Chief of South Bureau, the collection of precincts that cover South Los Angeles.

Banner Image: William Scott, Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau