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Surfer loses lawsuit against LAPD officers

City News Service

A federal jury rejected a Venice surfer's claim that two LAPD officers unnecessarily punched and pepper-sprayed him in 2006, after he refused to follow a lifeguard's orders to leave the water.

ACLU sues to stop Arizona's immigration law

LA Times

A class-action suit filed by civil rights groups argues that the measure will lead to racial profiling and violates the Constitution.

Supreme Court limits life sentences without parole for young criminals

LA Times

In a 6-3 decision, the court strikes down laws in 37 states, including California, that allow life terms with no chance for parole for a crime that does not involve murder.

Council agrees to keep hiring LAPD officers despite budget crisis

LA Times blog

Five hours into a meeting on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed budget Monday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to preserve the mayor’s plan for hiring enough police officers to replace those who resign or retire.

Divided L.A. council votes to eliminate 761 positions while seeking concessions from unions

LA Times

The lawmakers, on an 11-4 vote, eliminate dozens of child-care positions, reduce library hours and scale back the number of trees that will be trimmed.

LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti: A story of courage


LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti was just 'doing her job' when her life was irrevocably altered.

California agents use amnesty ruse, fake $200 reward offer to reel in fugitive parolees

Associated Press

Dozens of California parole violators showed up to claim a very attractive offer: $200 and amnesty.

Immigration violation tips flood ICE line

San Bernardino Sun

It's been a banner year for a toll-free tip line that citizens can call to report immigration violations.

L.A. City Council scrambles to avoid proposed layoffs

LA Times

Council members searching for ways to save jobs suggest fees on ambulance service and dog licenses, more concessions from public employees and other measures.

Fallen Officers Honored During Police Week

Fox News

It happens every spring in Washington. Police cruisers from departments around the country show up on downtown streets around the middle of May. It's National Police Week, when thousands of law enforcement officers gather to honor colleagues who died in the line of duty.

L.A. police panel fails to disclose findings on use-of-force incidents

LA Times

The outcomes of reviews of at least 240 shootings and other violent encounters with suspects were not revealed, despite a Police Commission promise four years ago to post decisions on the Internet.

Governor distorted evidence in parole case

San Francisco Chronicle

A state appeals court said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger distorted the evidence to justify blocking the parole of a San Francisco man who murdered a Mission District security guard in 1993.

Schwarzenegger plan would put nonviolent felons in county jails

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will revive a plan to house 15,000 nonviolent felons in county jails instead of state prisons, a cost-cutting move that likely would result in some inmates leaving jail early.

Remarks by the President at Ceremony Honoring TOP COPS

It is my privilege to welcome the TOP COPS back to the White House -– men and women who stand as shining examples of the bravery, persistence and good judgment that so many members of our law enforcement community display each and every day.

New Yorker invites CalPERS back into a failed investment

Sacramento Bee

After losing $500 million on a controversial New York real estate deal, CalPERS is being asked to put more money into the same property.

Los Angeles mayor to seek voter approval for pension changes


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he’ll ask voters in the second-largest U.S. city by population to decide whether new police and firefighters should get lower pension benefits than existing employees.

Schwarzenegger lays out bleak California budget

Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday called for eliminating California's welfare-to-work program, one of the deep cuts he proposed to close a $19 billion budget deficit in the coming fiscal year.

Letter to the Editor

LA Times

LAPD officers working three 12-hour shifts work 156 hours per 28-day deployment period. Officers working eight-hour shifts work 152 hours per deployment period — four hours fewer per period when factoring in the holidays.

Homicides in L.A. up, LAPD union 'uneasy' about summer crime

LA Weekly

The number of homicides in the city of Los Angeles is up more than three percent compared to the same time last year, and the union that represents Los Angeles police expressed that it is "uneasy" as the budget-strapped city's cuts to Los Angeles Police Department overtime have hampered efforts to keep L.A. streets fully patrolled.

L.A. council bans most official travel to Arizona

LA Times

Members, arguing that the new immigration law could lead to racial profiling, also vote to bar future city contracts with companies in that state.

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