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Mar 22, 2009

Three police officers killed in Oakland shootings

At least three police officers in Oakland, California, were shot and killed Saturday afternoon after a man pulled over for a routine traffic stop opened fire and then battled SWAT officers at a nearby building, police said.

Mar 21, 2009

Op-Ed: Symbionese Liberation Parolee

New York Times

The first time I encountered the word “kleptomaniac,” I asked my mother what it meant. She said, “That’s what they call it when a rich person steals something.” And now, thanks to Sara Jane Olson and her return to the spacious house and gracious life she’s made for herself in St. Paul, we know what it’s called when a rich, white woman gets convicted of trying to kill cops and robbing a bank: “idealism.”

Mar 20, 2009

Services Set for Judge Crowder, Last of the “Hat Squad”

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Services will be held March 30 for retired Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Harold Crowder, who died Monday at age 83.

Mar 19, 2009

His Office Was an Alcove, but He Was Big at LAPD

David Briggs, who died last month, buffed officers' boots for 21 years. The department is paying his son's way to the memorial.

Mar 19, 2009

Plotter in 1985 Cop Killing Up for Parole

Los Angeles Daily News

He helped mow down a cop in a hail of machine gun fire as the officer picked up his son from day care. For his part in the 1985 cop killing in Canoga Park, Voltaire Alphonse Williams should languish behind bars for life, family and associates of the victim said.

Mar 19, 2009

Detective Killing

City News Service

A state panel denied parole today for a man convicted of conspiracy in the Halloween 1985 shooting death of a Los Angeles police detective who was ambushed while picking up his 6-year-old son from day care.

Mar 18, 2009

Sara Jane Olson: American Housewife, American Terrorist

Time Magazine

In one life, Sara Jane Olson was a doting, upper-class soccer mom who drove a Plymouth minivan and was a dynamite gourmet cook. In another, she was a terrorist—and a totem of the age of violent radicalism that erupted during the 1970s.

Mar 18, 2009

Former 1970s Radical Leaves Calif. for Minnesota

Associated Press

Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson left California for her adopted home state of Minnesota on Wednesday, a day after she was paroled from state prison.

Mar 18, 2009

LA Police Union Writes Schwarzenegger about Olson


The Los Angeles police union says it has written Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to look into the legality of Sara Jane Olson's release to the state of Minnesota for her parole.

Mar 16, 2009

Minnesota lawmakers to California: Keep Sara Jane Olson

Two Minnesota legislators introduced a resolution today asking California to keep ex-Symbionese Liberation Army member and fugitive Sara Jane Olson from serving supervised parole in their state.

Mar 16, 2009

LA Mayor, Police Chief Push for More Cops Nationwide


With unemployment on the rise, city officials across the country are concerned about a possible spike in crime

Mar 12, 2009

Police Federation Fighting the Former SLA Member's Return To MN After Parole


Federation President David Titus questions whether Olson's neighbors in St. Paul would report her if she violated parole. The Los Angeles police union raised similar objections Monday. Olson has served seven years in prison for attempted bombings of Los Angeles police cars in the 1970s and the shooting death of a bank customer in 1975.

Mar 11, 2009

Sara Jane Olson's Return to Minnesota Opposed

Associated Press

The union wrote to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday to oppose her return, saying she committed her crimes in California, so she should serve her entire sentence there.

Mar 10, 2009

L.A. Police Protective League Endorses Curren Price for 26th Senate District Special Election on Tuesday, March 24

Assemblymember Curren Price today announced the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) has endorsed his special election campaign for the 26th Senate District.

Mar 10, 2009

Pawlenty Spokesman: Minnesota Can't Turn Back Olson

Associated Press

A spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the state is required to let former 1970s radical and longtime fugitive Sara Jane Olson serve her three-year parole in Minnesota.

Mar 10, 2009

Home to Glory

Wave News

The LAPD sent Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner on to glory in style Monday and Bishop Noel Jones preached him right through the pearly gates during one of the finest funerals I’ve attended in some time.

Mar 9, 2009

Parole Debate Clouds Future of Jailed Symbionese Liberation Army Member

Los Angeles Times

Police union wants Sara Jane Olson to serve parole in California. L.A. Police Protective League says the ex-SLA member, imprisoned for trying to kill two officers, will be better monitored here than in Minnesota, near family. Her release is expected this month.

Mar 9, 2009

Deputy Chief Remembered for Strong Ties to South L.A.

Los Angeles Times

3,000 gather in South L.A. to remember Deputy Police Chief Kenneth O. Garner. The mix of police, gang-intervention workers and residents at his funeral and service shows he built strong relationships in the community, mourners say.

Mar 6, 2009

LAPD Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner Mourned, Praised


The South Bureau appointment marked a homecoming for Garner, who was born in Hot Springs, Ark., but grew up in South L.A. Skipp Townsend, an executive board member of gang intervention community group Southern California Cease Fire Committee, said he came to know Garner four years ago.

Mar 6, 2009

LA Chief: More Officers Assigned to Clerical Duty

Associated Press Writer

The Los Angeles Police Department is bigger than ever, but so far that hasn't translated into more officers on the streets, police Chief William Bratton said Thursday. The department has added about 700 officers since Bratton became chief in 2002, and hundreds of those are filling clerical civilian positions that remain empty due to a civilian hiring freeze for all but essential civilian positions.

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