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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.

LAPPL Blog - LAPD puts politics over public safety


Apparently, symbolism instead of public safety is going to be the guiding principle for the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD cancels training trip to Arizona out of 'respect' for council's boycott

LA Times

In a move that has angered police union leaders, Los Angeles Police Department officials decided Thursday that four officers who were scheduled to attend a conference and training session in Tucson next month will not go after all.

L.A. council panel investigates DWP threat to withhold money amid budget crisis

LA Times

One week after Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel accused the Department of Water and Power of misleading the public about its financial situation, a panel of the Los Angeles City Council is demanding to know who will be disciplined over the incident.

Four state-worker unions reach accord with administration

Capitol Weekly

Four state-employee bargaining units representing 23,000 workers have reached tentative agreements with the Schwarzenegger administration on new labor contracts.

L.A. officials move forward with plans to cut 278 workers

LA Times

The city's employee negotiating committee announced that pink slips would go out July 1 after talks with unions failed to reach a deal on concessions.

Most Americans back new Arizona law, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds

Washington Post

Most Americans support the new, controversial Arizona law that gives police there the power to check the residency status of suspected illegal immigrants.

LAPD ready for Lakers victory craziness

LA Times

If the home team wins another NBA championship and fans start to go out of control, officials say they'll have plenty of personnel strategically placed to handle things.

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