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LAPD arrests nine people at Lakers parade

LA Weekly

The downtown parade celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship wrapped up Monday afternoon with no major incidents to report, according to fire and police officials.

Prosecutors charge 10 in Lakers celebration unrest after Finals victory

LA Times blog

Officials with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said Monday that they have charged 10 people in connection with the mayhem that ensued outside Staples Center after the Lakers' NBA Finals victory Thursday night.

Paralyzed former LAPD officer finishes races across America

LA Daily News

Former Los Angeles police Officer Kristina Ripatti-Pearce, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a 2006 shooting, finished the grueling Race Across America in Annapolis, Md., on Monday.

California government workers have built up $2.75 billion in paid time off

Sacramento Bee

Working under one of the most generous state leave policies in the nation – and the country's harshest furlough program – California government employees have built up the equivalent of $2.75 billion of paid time off.

What I Saw at the Lakers Riots

Pajamas Media

If you thought L.A.'s mayor and police brass learned from last year's embarrassment, you are not a police officer, certainly not one with the LAPD.

LAPD's new $74-million jail sits empty

LA Times

The department is still using its dilapidated, overcrowded downtown jail that the new one is meant to replace because it doesn't have the money to hire enough jailers for the labor-intensive facility.

In budget crisis, states take aim at pensions

NY Times

Some are cutting once-sacrosanct benefits to deal with deficits.

NJ city leading way in crime-fighting technology

Associated Press

This city of 65,000 has fought one of the nation's highest crime rates in recent years with an arsenal of high-tech gadgets, from gunshot detection systems to software that can sift and analyze crime data almost instantaneously.

Lakers violence: Authorities release raw video of mob attacking cab, seek public's help

LA Times blog

Los Angeles authorites have released raw video of a mob attacking and setting fire to a taxicab after the Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

GPS units fail to protect public from sex offenders

Orange County Register

This wasn’t supposed to happen anymore.

LAPD trip to Tucson canceled, sparking anger

Associated Press

Los Angeles Police Department officials say four officers scheduled to attend a conference and training session in Tucson next month will not go, sparking anger among police union leaders.

They Call Him Chief. But He's Just the Politicians' Boy

Ron Kaye L.A.

Imagine how much power the Chief of Police would have if he was appointed for life and kept secret dossiers on the lives of prominent people, including politicians and judges.

Lakers officials want peaceful victory parade


It was a great performance by the Los Angeles Lakers at Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, but a not-so-great performance by fans.

Despite heavy LAPD presence, violence breaks out after Lakers' victory

LA Times

Crowds hurl bottles and other objects at police, smash marquees, jump on vehicles, break windows and light a small fire along Figueroa Street. At least one person is beaten unconscious.

2 officers hurt in Los Angeles Lakers victory clashes; downtown property damaged

LA Times blog

Los Angeles city officials and downtown L.A. merchants were assessing the damage Friday morning after unruly fans celebrating the Lakers victory in the NBA Finals rampaged through the streets around Staples Center.

Federal auditors hesitate to help broke cities hire police

California Watch

Amid a crippling budget crisis, law enforcement has repeatedly been spared the steepest cuts, as the U.S. Justice Department funneled tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money last year to save hundreds of police jobs in California.

Calm returning to downtown L.A. after violence following Lakers game

LA Times blog

A sense of calm began to return to downtown Los Angeles early Friday after rowdy crowds clashed with police, set fire to vehicles and smashed windows following the Lakers NBA championship victory over the Celtics.

LAPD cancels trip to Arizona


The Los Angeles Police Department has canceled plans to send four people to a training conference in Arizona, a trip that would have required a City Council exemption from a boycott instituted over that state's anti-immigration law, the police officers' union announced today.

Mystery man who escaped from LAPD gets a menu of new charges

LA Weekly

The mysterious man who eluded authorities this spring after they visited his downtown residence only to find an alleged counterfeiting operation was charged Thursday with an additional seven felonies, including drug sales and forgery, authorities said.

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