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May 31, 2014
We wanted to be really up-front with the public that we’re looking at using these down the road. We wanted to make sure it didn’t look like we were trying to sneak these things into action.
LAPD spokesman Commander Andrew Smith • Discussing the police department’s plan to use drones sparingly as part of its arsenal. It received the drones as a gift from the Seattle Police Department.
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February 11, 2013

Hundreds of tips regarding the whereabouts of former cop Christopher Jordan Dorner have been submitted to the LAPD.

  • 600 tips have been submitted since the LAPD began offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the arrest of Christopher Jordan Dorner,  the former cop accused of several killings in recent weeks. The reward has only been on the table for 24 hours, which certainly suggets that the LAPD can expect to hear a great deal more from the public as word of the high-value reward continues to spread. source
14:43 // 1 year ago
February 10, 2013

LAPD sets large reward for renegade former cop Christopher Dorner

  • $1M reward for information as to the whereabouts of renegade LAPD cop Christopher Dorner. The reward was set after a fruitless weekend where Dorner appeared to evade arrest. “Why so large?” Police Chief Charlie Beck asked during a press conference. He then proceeded to answer his own question: “This is an act, and make no mistake about it, of domestic terrorism. This is a man who has targeted those who we entrust to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered.” source
17:13 // 1 year ago
February 9, 2013
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February 8, 2013
Located just 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the rugged San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Lake provides the perfect weekend refuge for folks fleeing the crowded, smelly streets and smoggy skies of the city for a quick winter weekend of alpine skiing. In the summer months, it offers a respite of boating and swimming in one of California’s most pristine alpine lakes. This week, however, the quiet resort with the picturesque lake and rugged snow-capped peaks may be providing the perfect hideout for a disgruntled ex-police officer authorities believe is holed up somewhere in its rugged backcountry after allegedly killing three people.
An Associated Press piece on Big Bear Lake, the resort area where manifesto-writing former LAPD police officer Christopher Dorner is reported to possibly be hiding out this weekend. It’s kind of a weird piece — written halfway between flowery travel piece and update on a man currently on a murderous rampage — and the headline reflects this: Big Bear Lake offers both a pleasant weekend getaway and a good place to hide.”  Great headline, weird piece.
22:03 // 1 year ago
November 30, 2011

Two major Occupy encampments close; protests mostly end peacefully

  • 200+ number of people arrested during the closing of the Occupy L.A. encampment early Wednesday
  • 52 number of people arrested at Occupy Philly when their camp closed at roughly the same time source

» However … In a major difference between the end of a number of other protests (most notably Occupy Oakland), police did not have to pull out pepper spray to end these protests. The LAPD was very careful with their strategy in this department. Despite the mayor calling for the closure of the camp early Monday, the police department held off two days, giving protesters time to leave on their own. That thinned out the numbers. As for those that remained, they had some minor scuffles with police at first, but those eventually faded, and protesters only got arrested after they didn’t immediately leave the park. Only a handful of major Occupy encampments remain at this point, most notably in DC and San Francisco. (EDIT: Updated Occupy Philly arrest count; the protesters left the encampment peacefully but were arrested for disturbances outside of the encampment.)

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10:51 // 2 years ago
March 3, 2011
Early on in their training, I always tell them, ‘I don’t care if you’re in a bathroom taking care of your personal business…. Whatever you do, assume it will be caught on video.’ We tell them if they’re doing the right thing then they have no reason to worry.
LAPD officer and recruit supervisor Sgt. Heather Fungaroli • Offering a fairly fresh assessment on the how the police department now views video. Twenty years ago, a video clip turned their whole view on the matter inside-out. The clip of Rodney King’s beating by multiple police officers, and the subsequent “not guilty” verdict in the case, led to a major riot in the city that drew national attention and led to 50 deaths. These days, the police force is quickly putting more cameras in police cars and even has its own videographers to cover incidents – advances which not only ensure better cop conduct but can help exonerate them in legal cases. source (viafollow)
10:59 // 3 years ago
December 18, 2010
Sadly, the public officials who have the duty to uphold the Constitution have forgotten the basics in their desire for sensationalism and are jeopardizing Lonnie Franklin’s chance for a fair trial.
Lonnie Franklin’s attorney, Louisa Pensanti • Arguing that the release of the “Grim Sleeper” suspect’s photos created a sensational environment where it’d be impossible for Franklin to get a fair trial. “The photographs include members and friends of the Franklin family,” Pensanti said, “all now subject to the intense scrutiny of the public as well as the police.” Does that include the ones where the women in the photos are completely naked, by chance? Because those make up a large majority of the photos. source (viafollow)
12:16 // 3 years ago