FROM Rob Saltzman
New Investigation Shows LAPD Misclassified 1,200 Violent Crimes The LA Police Commission is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to re-nominate Charlie Beck for a second term as Chief of the LAPD. One measure will be the rate at which crime has been going down. On Saturday, the LA Times reported that there has been mis-reporting. During 12 months, ending last September, almost 1,200 incidents of stabbings, beatings and robberies were classified as minor crimes rather than the felony crime of aggravated assault. Joel Rubin worked on the investigation, a study of thousands of police records, interviews with two-dozen current and retired LAPD officers and analysis by several experts. Commissioner Robert Saltzman has been critical—most recently, “surprised and troubled” — by the way Beck handed the Department’s purchase of his daughter’s horse.
LA Police Commission Pressures Chief on Officer Shootings LAPD Chief Charlie Beck makes a distinction between "mistakes of the heart and mistakes of the mind." That's from a report in today's LA Times that the Chief and the Police Commission are in disagreement on how to handle four police shootings that killed three people and wounded three more.
LA Builds a Jail for No One It's a state-of-the-art facility with electronic fingerprinting and a monitoring system that could provide updates on overcrowding -- if there were any inmates. What it needs is 100 additional jailers, but there's a hiring freeze. So, the $74 million structure stands empty. We hear more from LAPD Commander Scott Kroeber and Rob Saltzman of the LA Police Commission.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?