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San Pedro residents step up push for more cops

Torrance Daily Breeze

A Sunday morning shooting that took the life of a 17-year-old boy last month in San Pedro is putting new focus on policing in the waterfront town. An "emergency" meeting to discuss the issue has been called by the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. "We're looking for our leaders to step up and take some action to add some more police officers to the Harbor Area," council President John Delgado said. "We've long been pushing for more police officers in the area. Unfortunately, it took something like this to happen."

A stunning example of poor leadership in the LAPD


consistent theme in my posts here and in my columns at National Review Online and Pajamas Media has been the frustration so often experienced by working police officers when burdened with poor leadership. Today I learned of a stunning example of this.

More than 20,000 people expected at Tuesday's memorial for officers

The Seattle Times

Pierce County organizers say the public should be prepared to take buses Tuesday to a Tacoma Dome memorial service for the four Lakewood police officers gunned down in the deadliest attack on law enforcement in state history

New LAPD chief oversees graduation ceremonies for new recruits, including his son

LA TImes

For newly appointed Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, the past few weeks have been filled with firsts as he and the department get accustomed to Beck being in charge.

New chief officially sworn in

Daily News

Declaring "I will not let you down," Police Chief Charlie Beck took the oath of office Thursday to become the 56th leader of the Los Angeles Police Department in a formal celebration of his appointment.

Ceremonial swearing-in of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on tap today

LA Times blog

It's all pomp and pageantry at the LAPD's downtown headquarters this morning, as newly appointed Chief Charlie Beck is sworn in to office -- for a second time.

LAPD officer and father of five dies in crash

LA Times blog

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer and father of five children died early this morning in a crash that detectives say remains under investigation.

Jim Perry of LAFD killed in crash

LA Observed

Retired Los Angeles Fire Department captain Jim Perry was killed today in a crash on U.S. 395 near Reno. Perry was well known to local media and was editor of the union's newspaper, Los Angeles Firefighter, for three decades.

A fitting end for a cop killer

Pajamas Media

Thanks to a lone officer on routine patrol, the world will be spared the spectacle of a trial for the man who murdered four officers in Lakewood, Washington.

LA's new top cop talks


Charlie Beck, Los Angeles's newly appointed chief of police, is a cop's cop. For a city that's lived through seven years of his rock star predecessor, Bill Bratton -- whose outsized abilities came with an ego to match -- it's a definite change of pace.

States battle over parole issue in killings

New York Times

Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington said Wednesday that the state would temporarily stop accepting parolees from Arkansas, escalating the conflict between the states over a man believed to have killed four police officers, days after his release from jail.

6th accused aider in Wash. police killing in court

Associated Press

The convicted murderer who drove Maurice Clemmons from the coffee shop where he massacred four suburban police officers waited for him in the getaway truck with a newly purchased cigar while Clemmons committed the crimes, according to charging papers filed Wednesday.

LA City Council renews $500,000 reward for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer


The Los Angeles City Council renewed a $500,000 reward today for the so-called "Grim Sleeper," a serial killer linked to 11 murders, mostly in South Los Angeles, over the last quarter century.

E-mails show Washington state battled to keep Clemmons in custody

Seattle Times

Documents released Tuesday show that a wide variety of state and local officials viewed Maurice Clemmons as a dangerous man, and wanted desperately to keep him in custody. But Washington officials encountered resistance from an unlikely source — their correctional colleagues in Arkansas.

It ain't broke: So don't "fix" L.A.'s gang programs by growing government

Dailiy News Opinion

The last thing the cash-strapped city of Los Angeles needs right now is for its public agencies to grow.

L.A. City Council puts off consideration of marijuana ordinance until next week

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles City Council has pushed off until next Tuesday its continued consideration of a medical marijuana ordinance so that council members can review the latest draft, a 14-page document that the city attorney's office finished Monday.

L.A. County to consider reopening Hall of Justice

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County’s Hall of Justice, vacant since it was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, might be reopened.

Four arrested in gun battle with deputies in South L.A.

LA Times blog

Four people are under arrest this morning after a routine stop in South Los Angeles turned into a gun battle with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.

Cop killer suspect Clemmons shot, killed by a lone officer

Seattle Times

Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning.

Police searching for Clemmons

Seattle Times

The hunt for suspected cop killer Maurice Clemmons has stretched into its second day, frustrating police as they chase several leads.

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