Rethinking the LAPD

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The alternative newspaper LA Weekly is a traditional critic of all things pertaining to the Los Angeles Police Department. So the tenor of this week-s LAPD edition is thoroughly surprising. Saying that -it-s time to cease and desist- from attacks on the LAPD, the Weekly calls for greater understanding of the challenge faced by officers and a rethinking of the -knee-jerk notion that the LAPD is an impenetrable, monolithic block of stubbornness and hubris.- We hear more about this in-depth investigative report, a kind of second look at one of LA-s most important institutions, from coordinating editor Marc Cooper, a freelance journalist who has written about social issues in LA, and a former assistant chief of the LAPD.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton