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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 13, 2023

CicLAvia South L.A. December 2023 Open Thread

The six-mile route included mostly Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, plus parts of Central Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard

December 5, 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

Man Dies in LAPD Custody

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 24, 2023

Juneteenth CicLAvia South L.A. – Open Thread

This past Sunday, tens of thousands of Angelenos celebrated a new CicLAvia route through South Los Angeles.

June 21, 2023