FROM Kate Mather
Anaheim reels after a white cop pulls a gun on Latino teens We look at the aftermath of a white off-duty LAPD officer pulling a gun on a group of Latino teenagers. It was caught on video, which has gone viral. The police officer is being investigated, but a 13-year-old boy was arrested.
New Rules for the LAPD? Two members of the LA Police Commission are calling on the LAPD to overhaul its use of force policy. Those changes include defining – clearly – when officers can use deadly force, and holding officers accountable when they do. The changes in policy – proposed by Commission President Matt Johnson and Commissioner Robert Saltzman – would reshape the way the Commission examines police shootings if they’re approved.
Police On the Defense in Venice Emotions ran high at a town hall meeting inside a Venice elementary school auditorium Thursday night. The issue: the killing of an unarmed homeless man by an LAPD officer near the Venice Boardwalk this week.
Law Enforcement Under the Microscope Today, federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty in the case of 24-year old Paul Ciancia, accused of opening fire inside Terminal 3 of Los Angeles International Airport back in November 2013. That rampage left a TSA agent dead – 39-year old Gerardo Hernandez – and several others injured.
Policing the Public While things have calmed down considerably in Ferguson, Missouri, in the last day or two, the people of that St. Louis suburb are still speaking out about the death of teenager Michael Brown. A similar incident is drawing protests in Los Angeles, which has had no shortage of officer-involved shootings of its own.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?