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LAPD complains about parole officials classifying suspect in police shooting as 'low-level, nonviolent'

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department has asked the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to investigate how a parolee who fired nearly a dozen gunshots at two LAPD officers over the weekend in the San Fernando Valley was able to gain early release and why he was classified as a low-level offender.

Authorities missed chance to identify Grim Sleeper suspect two years before final known slaying

LA Times blog

Authorities missed an opportunity years ago to catch the suspected Grim Sleeper serial killer and end his alleged rampage before the final known victim was slain because his DNA was never collected as required under a 2004 law, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times.

California Law & Order endorses Steve Cooley for Attorney General

CLO Press Release

Momentum is growing as the California Law and Order Independent Expenditure Committee...

Cooley leads Harris in Calif. AG race

Legal Newsline

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is leading San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in California's attorney general race, according to poll results released over the weekend.

Oakland P.D.: Layoffs are official


Layoff orders for eighty Oakland police officers went into effect Tuesday evening after labor talks between the city and the police union broke down.

LAPD Det. Philip Vannatter who arrested Roman Polanski in '77 angered director was let off the hook

NY Daily News

The Swiss refused Monday to extradite Roman Polanski to face rape charges in the U.S., angering the cop who arrested the director three decades ago.

LAPD to install video cameras in patrol cars

LA Daily News

Before the end of summer, 300 Los Angeles Police Department patrol cars will be equipped with video cameras to record interactions between officers and suspects, the mayor and police chief will announce today.

Special Olympics torch run goes through Fremont

Fremont Tribune

Gary Beecher of the Los Angeles Police Department said there's no better way to spend your day than supporting Special Olympics, but he remembers when athletes weren't allowed to participate in the Torch Run in South Central Los Angeles.

Races could test voters' views on death penalty

San Francisco Chronicle

For decades, capital punishment was a driving force in California politics, swaying elections for governor and the U.S. Senate and reshaping the state Supreme Court.

Negotiations continue as Oakland tries to avoid laying off 80 police officers

Oakland Tribune

Officer Derek Souza, 43, finished up his shift at 7 a.m. Saturday and headed for the locker room. He changed his clothes, hung up his service weapon, his Taser and his handcuffs and headed home. The only difference is this time he might not be coming back.

LA police find pot stash in railroad tanker

Associated Press

A late-night police pursuit ended with a drug bust and the discovery Monday of thousands of pounds of marijuana concealed in a railroad tank car that entered the U.S. from Mexico this month.

LA police teach Marines how to train Afghan police

Associated Press

A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug bust: Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people's body language. Build rapport.

Two military bombs removed from Glassell Park home

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad on Saturday removed two live Korean War or Vietnam War-era bombs from a house in the Glassell Park neighborhood.

Oakland, cops seem irreconcilable; layoffs loom

San Francisco Chronicle

The layoffs of 80 of Oakland's 776 police officers on Monday moved closer to reality Friday as the police union's leaders agreed to all of the city's demands but demanded a three-year layoff moratorium as a prerequisite for any concessions.

2010 Eagle & Badge Gala honors Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Frank McCourt and Sheriff Lee Baca

Eagle and Badge Foundation

The 2010 Eagle & Badge Gala takes place August 21st once again at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

New LAPD team's aggressive war on illegal marijuana dispensaries

LA Times blog

A new Los Angeles Police Department team is spearheading an aggressive push to shut down dispensaries that are illegal under a city ordinance that took effect four weeks ago.

Making sense of crime statistics

San Francisco Chronicle

The statistics defy common sense.

Joint FBI/LAPD task force to probe Harbor homicides

Torrance Daily Breeze

A federally funded joint task force will be set up to focus on unsolved homicides and help prevent gang-related killings in the Harbor Area and other neighborhoods, the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department announced Friday.

AZ cops expect scrutiny of immigration enforcement

Associated Press

Arizona police officials warned officers not to use race or ethnicity when enforcing the state's new immigration law, saying that the country is watching their every move.

California police face ax in cash crunch


Even as police in Oakland, California, brace for potential unrest if a jury does not convict a police officer in a murder trial, city officials are scrambling to cut costs and may do so by sacking about 10 percent of the city's police force.

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