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Video shows thieves making off with $3 million in jewels from downtown L.A. store

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department released images of two masked thieves who bored a tunnel into a downtown Los Angeles jewelry store and made off with an estimated $3 million in jewelry.

LA police chief says King beating won't repeat

Associated Press

Twenty years after the videotaped Rodney King beating exposed racial wounds and ignited passions that eventually sparked a devastating riot, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday he's confident a similar police beating couldn't happen again.

Twenty years after the beating of Rodney King, the LAPD is a changed operation

LA Times

In the wake of the videotaped police attack on motorist Rodney King, the department has learned to embrace video scrutiny.

LA police chief supports ban on big ammo magazines

Associated Press

The city's police chief on Wednesday endorsed a proposed ban on the sale of the types of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been repeatedly used in mass shootings.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for rollback in pension benefits and increase in retirement age for civilian workers

LA Times blog

Looking to shave retirement costs in the middle of a budget crisis, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Wednesday for a rollback in pension benefits and an increase in the retirement age for civilian city workers.

Crime alerts for Del Rey, El Sereno and one other Los Angeles neighborhood

LA Times blog

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in three Los Angeles neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Tempe police arrest L.A. homicide suspect

Arizona Republic

Tempe police arrested a 27-year-old man wanted by Los Angeles police in connection with a home invasion robbery and homicide, police said.

LAPD officer finds passion in working with Southeast L.A. students

Intersections South L.A. Report

When he was younger, Derek Kosloski wanted to be a special agent in the FBI. Now a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer, he imparts his love of law enforcement on students in Southeast Los Angeles.

Playing with fire

LA Times Op-Ed

Budget-cutting at the L.A. Fire Department is no way to protect core services or the heroes who provide them.

Majority in poll back employees in public sector unions

New York Times

As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

San Jose police ground helicopter in search of savings

San Jose Mercury news

In the face of massive budget cuts and officer layoffs, San Jose police have mothballed the use of a helicopter they have flown for years to find fleeing criminals and missing people.

LAPD asks for public's help in finding hit-and-run driver

LA Daily News

The LAPD sought the public's help today in identifying the motorist who hit and critically injured a 92-year-old Reseda man crossing a street in a marked crosswalk.

MADD Supports Law Enforcement Checkpoints

MADD

Responding to news that recently immigrant rights group have interrupted Los Angeles Police Department sobriety checkpoints, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) expressed strong support of sobriety checkpoints and law enforcement's efforts to stop drunk driving and lower the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and injuries though the use of sobriety checkpoints.

Shocking mug shots reveal toll of drug abuse

MSNBC

In-your-face photos aim to scare teens straight by striking their vanity.

Hollywood Hills mansion where firefighter died declared a crime scene

LA Times blog

The Hollywood Hills house where a collapsing ceiling killed a firefighter has been declared a crime scene, police confirmed Thursday.

LAPD warns of a 'rash' of SUV 3rd seat thefts

Torrance Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday it was experiencing a rash of third row seats being taken from General Motors sport utility vehicles at parking lots and shopping malls, including the Topanga and Promenade malls in Woodland Hills.

FBI letter warns of fertilizer purchases for explosives

ABC News

Letter Obtained by ABC News Warns of Buyers Looking for Fertilizer to Make Bombs.

In Oakland, shaky funding for police and fire retirement

Bay Citizen

City has to cough up an additional $45.6 million this year - about the same amount as its deficit.

Florida city loses third police officer in 28 days to shootings

CNN

Hundreds of police officers scoured a Saint Petersburg, Florida, neighborhood Tuesday for a police officer's killer, vowing to hold a perimeter around the crime scene until they've searched every nook where a person could possibly hide.

Fire officials: Beware of fallen firefighter donation scam

LA Daily News

Los Angeles fire officials today warned the public about con artists soliciting donations in the name of a firefighter killed last week when a water-saturated ceiling caved-in on him.

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