LAPD In The News
Starting Thursday, summaries of the LAPD's use-of-force investigations are going to be posted online on LAPD's website to provide "greater transparency" according to Police Commission President John Mack. Click on "Abridged Summaries of Use of Force Reports" once the feature goes live later this week.
Chief Bratton appeared before the city council looking for support for his plan to put video cameras in LAPD squad cars. The hang-up is the cost (approx $25 million) to equip the cars. When you think about it, that is about 2 settlements LA might face when the LAPD can't prove they didn't act honorably, so one would think these cameras would pay themselves off prety quick.
Speaking of settlements, the Police Commission ruling on the Devin Brown shooting is expected at next week's Police Commission meeting. A jury trial is set to begin in April.
And finally, in an act of "clarification,", the LAPD announced today that the LAPD can turn "felony deportees'' over to federal agents under Special Order 40. Those people who are arrested for violent felonies can be turned over to federal agents. "This is not an alteration to Special Order 40, which has always been supported by this police department,'' Gascon said. "This is just a clarification of procedure.''