FROM Skipp Townsend
What’s the State of Police-Community Relations in LA? Former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is credited with bringing a community policing approach to the LAPD, a department that, before his arrival in 2002, had been notorious for its poor relationship with the city’s minority communities. Chief Charlie Beck has continued and expanded the community policing policy. At an LAPD graduation ceremony Friday, Chief Beck told new police recruits to have empathy for those they with whom they come into contact. What’s the state of police-community relations in Los Angeles? A gang interventionist tells us about his involvement with LAPD’s efforts to improve community relations in South LA.
The Legality of Gang Injunctions The City of L.A. has agreed to pay $30 million in a lawsuit over its gang injunctions. We hear from the lawyer representing gang members and from a gang interventionist and former gang member.
Murky Link between SoLA Violence and Social Media Chatter Threats that used to be spray-painted on the sides of buildings are now turning up on line. They might come from anywhere — but they're creating fears in some neighborhoods.
Making L.A.: Policing The LAPD has received a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But so far, violent crime is actually up 26 percent this year. The national conversation about police shootings has also touched LA. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people: nearly one a week. Today, in the latest installment of our Making L.A. series, we look at policing in Los Angeles.
Gang Violence and Demographic Change Earlier this week, we reported that a black family with no gang connections was driven out of its new home in Compton. Two members of a Latino gang have been arrested, and sheriff's deputies are looking for more suspects. The incident was especially shocking to some people, because Compton historically was a black city. Now it's 65 percent Latino.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.