FROM Richard Winton
Who decides when cops open fire? The LAPD has shot and killed 2 innocent people in the past several weeks during police activity. The tragedies have prompted apologies from the Chief of Police and possible legal action. They have also spurred a broader conversation around when police officers should use their weapons, especially when there are a lot of people around.
Are the shootings at Malibu Creek State Park related? About a month ago, a man was fatally shot in the head while camping at Malibu Creek State Park with his two daughters. The park has been closed since. Last week, sheriff’s deputies received two new reports of shots fired at the park near the campground where the man was killed. Overall, there have been seven reported incidents involving gunfire at Malibu Creek over the last two years.
When some L.A. police quit during car chases The LAPD had more crazy car chases this week. In one chase, the driver of a stolen truck turned onto train tracks and drove into a subway tunnel. He almost got away. In another chase, the driver killed himself by drinking a cyanide solution and crashing into the center divider on the 101 freeway. We talk about how some drivers get away, and why technology might make the cop car chase obsolete.
Pot Farms Raided in Diamond Bar Officials uncover an eighth marijuana-harvesting center in the eastern San Gabriel Valley suburbs. The indoor farm is in Diamond Bar, where homes that are too quiet now attract attention. Guest Richard Winton from the Los Angeles Times follows the story.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.