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Chief Beck reorganizes department, promotes officers


Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced a reorganization of the department today, and promoted several officers, including the first black woman to be given the rank of commander.

Chief Beck's challenge

LA Times Editorial

Every LAPD chief, it seems, is tested by crisis. The shooting death of a day laborer is shaping up to be that test for new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Traffic deaths at lowest in 60 years

USA Today

Traffic deaths in the USA are at a 60-year low despite a slight uptick in miles driven, and the chances of dying on the road are the lowest ever, the Department of Transportation says.

15 arrested in San Gabriel Valley gang sweep

LA Times blog

Fifteen people were arrested in a San Gabriel Valley sweep Thursday conducted to find parole violators tied to a gang believed responsible for shooting and wounding an L.A. County sheriff's deputy.

Calm marks fourth night of protests over LAPD shooting

LA Times blog

Dozens of people marched in the Westlake district Thursday during a fourth night of protests over the death of a Guatemalan immigrant who was shot to death after LAPD officers said he threatened them with a knife.

Villaraigosa defends police action in Westlake, says officers 'acted with bravery'

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday offered a vigorous defense of the officers who were involved in Sunday’s fatal police shooting of a man holding a knife, saying they were heroes who "acted with bravery."

Another law enforcement nod for Cooley

Capitol Weekly

This week’s endorsement of Republican Steve Cooley by the California State Law Enforcement Association will not make or break the attorney general’s race.

California Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward support of governor's furlough program

LA Times blog

The California Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to uphold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough of state employees to reduce spending during the state's fiscal crisis.

CalPERS has 'significant concerns' about borrowing idea

Sacramento Bee blog

California Public Employees' Retirement System CEO Anne Stausboll sent letters to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders last week expressing the pension system's "significant concerns" about any attempt by the state to borrow $2 billion from the pension system to help solve the state's deficit.

Minority Report-style 'predictive policing' arrives at the LAPD

Pajamas Media

Has the future of police work arrived?

CHP reports double-digit drop in vehicle thefts in 2009

LA Times blog

Vehicle thefts in the Golden State dropped 15% from 2008 to 2009 in what the California Highway Patrol called the largest year-over-year decrease in decades.

33 charged with blocking L.A. city streets during immigration protests

LA Times

The charges include unlawful assembly, resisting arrest, delaying or obstructing an officer and blocking a sidewalk or street.

Protesters heckle LAPD chief at meeting in Westlake

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was heckled Wednesday night as he addressed an angry crowd that had gathered at a Westlake school for a community meeting in the aftermath of a deadly police shooting.

Protesters, LAPD clash as chief defends shooting

LA Times

Police disperse crowd near Westlake site where officer shot a day laborer to death. At least 22 people are arrested.

LAPD sends more officers home as it copes with overtime cutbacks


The LAPD’s sending a growing numbers of officers home as it continues to contend with cutbacks in overtime hours.

Death penalty remains big issue in California


California’s next attorney general will have a full plate.

State law enforcement union backs Whitman

Capitol Weekly

A 7,000-member union that represents state investigators, law enforcement personnel, 911 dispatchers and others on Tuesday endorsed Republican Meg Whitman for governor, calling Democratic contender Jerry Brown “erratic” on key issues.

Long Beach could lose 20 police officers in budget cuts

LA Times blog

At least 15 to 20 police officers who patrol the streets of Long Beach could be laid off if negotiations between the city and the police union continue at a stalemate, city officials said Tuesday.

L.A. Police Union Blames Agitators, Leftists For Anti-LAPD Protest In Westlake Following Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting There

LA Weekly blog

The union that represents Los Angeles police on Tuesday blamed extreme agitators and even communists for the unrest that plagued the Westlake neighborhood following an officer's shooting of a man with a knife over the Labor Day weekend.

Four arrested, 3 officers injured in Westlake police shooting protest

LA Times blog

Four people were arrested and three officers were injured after dozens of protesters gathered near a Westlake shopping center to protest the fatal police shooting of a day laborer, authorities said Tuesday.

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