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Divided Police Commission approves rules for LAPD body cameras

Divided Police Commission approves rules for LAPD body cameras

Los Angeles will become the largest city in the nation to equip all its patrol officers with body cameras, after a divided Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday gave its final approval during a heated debate that highlighted lingering concerns about how the cameras will be used.

The 3-1 vote that signed off on the LAPD’s rules for the devices comes as police departments across the nation are considering whether to use the body cameras to provide a better record of officers’ actions after a series of racially charged police killings.

But who will get to see the videos and when remains a divisive issue.

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Slain LAPD Officer James C. Beyea pathway dedication

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Slain LAPD Officer James C. Beyea honored with Reseda pathway dedication

Slain LAPD Officer James C. Beyea honored with Reseda pathway dedication

Los Angeles city officials on Thursday dedicated a pathway in Reseda to the memory of a rookie police officer killed in the line of duty nearly 27 years ago, completing a mission started by the slain officer’s friend.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department and City Councilman Bob Blumenfield unveiled a street sign noting the Officer James C. Beyea Memorial Walk, a one-eighth-mile pathway on Crebs Ave­nue in Reseda along the Aliso Creek Flood Control Channel.

Among the attendees was LAPD Sgt. Walter Hanna, who had met Beyea years earlier in the California Air National Guard.

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Misperception of safety personnel and workers' compensation

Misperception of safety personnel and workers' compensation

Recent Los Angeles Times articles have attacked L.A. police and fire departments for the high cost of workers’ compensation. These articles focus on an audit conducted by the City controller that alleges that the City’s public safety personnel take paid injury leave at significantly higher rates than other public safety employees throughout the state.
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Hit-and-Run Alert System
It is a grim fact, but Los Angeles is known as the hit-and-run capital of the nation. Recently, hit-and-runs in Koreatown and USC have severely injured innocent citizens, causing permanent damage to the victims. Rarely does a week go by that we do not see a hit-and-run occur in Los Angeles.
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Real or fake? Tragic encounters fuel debate over realistic-looking replica guns

Real or fake? Tragic encounters fuel debate over realistic-looking replica guns

The last thing Jordan Baylon wants is a fake pink gun.

Baylon, 22, spends much of his free time dressed in camouflage fighting simulated battles against like-minded fantasy warriors. The custom-made airsoft gun he uses to fire small plastic projectiles during the fights is an imposing metal object — a near exact replica of a M4 rifle.

For Baylon and many others in the wildly popular world of airsoft fighting, the draw of their weapons lies in their authentic look.

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LAPD body cameras to roll out at 3 precincts this summer

LAPD body cameras to roll out at 3 precincts this summer

Hundreds of body cameras have been delivered to the Los Angeles Police Department and are expected to be put in use starting this summer, officials said.

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Beck mourns loss of LAPD officer; 'today the grief is different'

Beck mourns loss of LAPD officer; 'today the grief is different'

Roberto Sanchez was one of four LAPD officers to die in a traffic incident since early March, his funeral coming less than a week after a veteran detective was killed off-duty in Beverly Hills.
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Donation Account for Officer Roberto Sanchez

Fallen LAPD motorcycle cop is mourned at large downtown ceremony

Fallen LAPD motorcycle cop is mourned at large downtown ceremony

Hundreds of uniformed police officers gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to a veteran LAPD motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
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Donation account for Officer Christopher Cortijo

Thousands mourn LAPD officer Nicholas Lee

Thousands mourn LAPD officer Nicholas Lee

A Los Angeles police officer killed in a traffic crash was remembered Thursday as a mentor and loving father at a downtown service that drew thousands of mourners, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.
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Donation account set up for Officer Lee

Remembering a 'cop's cop' in San Bernardino

Remembering a 'cop's cop' in San Bernardino

The day before his death, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay agreed to a request from his wife, Lynette: He stayed home from work.
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The Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence Girls Basketball Scholarship Fund

John Miller, the former head of the LAPD Major Crimes Division, speaks with two married police officers at the top of revenge killer Christopher Dorner's hit list. [VIDEO]