FROM Craig Lally
LAPD Response to Use-of-Force Recommendations The new report on use-of-force by the Los Angeles Police Department calls for increased emphasis on de-escalation, but some critics are concerned that this may lead to unsafe conditions for the police. We hear from the head of the police officers’ union and a critic of the commission’s report.
Chief Beck Calls for Charges in Shooting of Homeless Man For the first time in the case of a fatal, on-duty shooting, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has called for criminal charges against one of his officers. Clifford Proctor, shot and killed an unarmed, black civilian named Brendon Glenn last May in Venice. Beck's recommendation has gone to District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Is the LAPD Over-Reacting to a Hostile Atmosphere? Last Saturday night, two officers of the LAPD shot and killed a man in Van Nuys after the back window of their patrol car was broken out by a beer bottle. The man was unarmed, but has not been identified. The officers’ attorney says they rightfully feared for their lives because of a video they were shown at roll call. Chief Charlie Beck initially said the video represented a possible threat. Now he says that it did not. The editorial board of the LA Times says a lot of questions still need to be answered.
Will Police Body Cams Make the LAPD User Friendly? When police departments around the country have mandated body cameras, both uses of force by officers and public complaints have often dropped dramatically. Starting Monday, the LAPD will issue 860 body cams — the first of a planned 7000. But, even though the Police Commission, the police department and the police union agree they’re a good idea, many questions remain.
A Decision — but No Final Verdict — in the Killing of Ezell Ford It's been ten months since Ezell Ford was shot and killed by two officers of the LAPD. He was an unarmed, mentally ill black man. But much about the incident has still not been made public. Yesterday, the civilian Police Commission over-ruled both Chief Charlie Beck and its own Inspector General by voting unanimously that both officers were wrong to draw their weapons and that one was wrong to pull the trigger. Police President Steve Soboroff explained that's as far as the Commission can go.
Will Different Pictures Tell the Same Story? Protesters marched from Skid Row to police headquarters today in downtown Los Angeles. The immediate issue was Sunday's police killing of a homeless, black man identified today as Charley Robinet, a 39-year-old French national. He reportedly was released from a federal prison in May after serving 15 years for a bank robbery in Thousand Oaks. Cell phone video of Sunday's shooting death has gone viral. Police have yet to release pictures taken by body cams on two of several officers involved in the killing.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.