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Carefully Curated Footage of LAPD Officer Fatally Striking Pedestrian Raises More Questions than It Answers

LAPD's release of incident footage is not the same thing as transparency

January 17, 2024

No City for Old Men: L.A. Police Commission finds lung-collapsing blow to chest of unarmed Black 60-year-old “in policy”

Although Officer Brian Kolke failed to voluntarily report the use of force and prolonged Earl Roots' agony for several hours, he only received a comment card on his personnel file

December 11, 2023

LAPD Admits Man Who Slept Thru 3-Hour Bus “Standoff” Was Carrying BB Gun Only after Hero Robot Dog Story Makes Rounds

LAPD lauded its controversial $280,000 robot dog for the role it played in resolving the standoff yesterday, but when questioned for specifics about how the standoff had unfolded, what the robot dog had actually done, and why it had not been deployed for three hours, the department declined to answer

November 9, 2023

No Cops with Lassos on Trains. Mayor Nixes LAPD Pilot at Metro Board Meeting.

LAPD got approval from the Police Commission to extend their BolaWrap pilot on Metro in August, but hadn't advised Metro of their plans until after the fact.

October 3, 2023

LAPD Officer Punched 60-year-old Black Man in Chest, Collapsing His Lung, during December Arrest

Chief Moore told the Police Commission that Earl Roots had been hospitalized "due to a complaint of having asthma."

September 13, 2023

LAPD Traffic Safety PSA Scolds Pedestrian for Getting Hit by Red Light Runner

Sometimes recycling isn't good for the environment.

August 12, 2023

LAPD Chief’s Report on Sergeant’s Drive-by Shooting of Unarmed Vet Embraces Falsehoods, Glosses over Recklessness

The drive-by was ruled out of policy. But the findings in the case were neither as critical nor as punitive as they could have been.

July 27, 2023

In-Custody Death at 77th Street Station Marks Second in an LAPD Jail this Year

Unlike the officers who were whisked to the hospital in the name of "meth exposure," 51-year-old Derrick Harden, who may have been experiencing the effects of actual exposure to meth when picked up that same day, was not given medical attention for several hours. He collapsed and died in his cell the next day.

July 20, 2023