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By Los Angeles Times | February 25, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- Garrett Morris, one of the original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on the "Saturday Night Live" television show, was shot and critically wounded yesterday during a holdup attempt on a street in Central Los Angeles, police said.Mr. Morris, 57, underwent surgery at the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in nearby Inglewood, where doctors said he is expected to survive the gunshot wounds in his chest and arm.Sandra Castello, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said Mr. Morris was walking to his parked car about 12:50 p.m. PST when two men accosted him on the sidewalk and demanded money.
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By Los Angeles Times | November 7, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Protesters gathered yesterday outside the Mormon temple in Westwood to protest Tuesday's passage of Proposition 8, the California initiative that bans same-sex marriage. Soon after the rally got under way at 2 p.m., men and women hoisting signs shouted down men in suits from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, yelling "Shame on you!" and pointing at them. The men and a groundskeeper stood looking at them impassively. Mormon leadership in Salt Lake City had strongly encouraged Mormons in California to help pass Proposition 8 with donations of time and money.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | March 10, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Citizen complaints about excessive force by Los Angeles Police Department officers jumped by 33 percent from 1984 to 1989, and more than $3.5 million in tax money was paid last year to settle 16 lawsuits involving bodily injury claims of assaults or shootings by officers.In addition, taxpayers have been forced to hand over millions of dollars more in property damage cases in which, for example, apartments were ransacked but no evidence was found to justify an arrest.The March 3 videotaped beating of Rodney Glenn King by at least three Los Angeles officers, which has drawn national attention, is too recent to have been included in these statistics.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | March 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- It took political officials nearly a month to respond to the slaying of Cheryl Green. Since then, the 14-year-old African-American girl has become the face of brown-on-black violence in this city. The FBI has joined the Los Angeles Police Department in cracking down on gangs. The police department, breaking with tradition, has publicly named the city's worst 11 gangs. And a city-sponsored report has called for an anti-gang "Marshall Plan," a reference to the post-World War II tactic of making massive investments to win the peace in former enemy territory.
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By Los Angeles Times | June 27, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Pacific Bell's telephone service to millions of Southern California customers was disrupted for nearly three hours yesterday by congested circuits that blacked out the metropolitan Los Angeles area to incoming calls and created problems at the city's 911 emergency service center.The effects of the failure created chaos in the Los Angeles Police Department's communication center, where 911 calls are answered.Extra operators were deployed to answer calls there, officials said.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | March 5, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- In the four years since Los Angeles Police Department officers were captured on videotape beating Rodney King with their batons, use of the once-popular weapon has dropped sharply, LAPD use-of-force records obtained by the Los Angeles Daily News show.Baton use reached an eight-year low last year, figuring in just 41 arrests -- a 92 percent drop from 1990, when batons were used 501 times against suspects resisting arrest, according to Los Angeles Police Department figures.Officers are no longer relying on their batons in large part because of the department's adoption of pepper spray, a cayenne pepper-based agent that leaves most suspects temporarily blinded and gasping, LAPD officials say.Longtime critics of the LAPD such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California say that they welcome the evidence that officers are using batons less frequently.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
Orchid Cellmark, a Montgomery County-based laboratory that has analyzed DNA for such high-profile cases as the O.J. Simpson trial and the JonBenet Ramsey murder, has fired an analyst for allegedly falsifying test data - setting off a scramble by defense attorneys to review evidence in the affected cases. The incident mars an otherwise stellar reputation for Cellmark, a pioneer in the burgeoning field of solving crimes through the analysis of trace genetic material, known as deoxyribonucleic acid, left on evidence.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 26, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Clarence Chance and Benny Powell walked into Los Angeles County Superior Court as handcuffed prisoners and left as free men -- released by a judge after they had spent 17 years behind bars for a murder that the district attorney is no longer convinced they committed.The dramatic ruling yesterday by Judge Florence-Marie Cooper capped an extraordinary series of events for Mr. Chance and Mr. Powell, who were convicted in 1975 of killing a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. Their road to freedom was paved by a New Jersey private investigator who, after four years of painstaking research, uncovered new evidence that defense lawyers say proves the pair were framed by overzealous investigators for the Los Angeles Police Department.
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By Daniel Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 12, 2004
LOS ANGELES - A national strategy similar to those used against organized crime and in counterterrorism efforts must be created to fight street gangs, federal and local law enforcement officials said yesterday at the start of a two-day conference. The conference, sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI, was organized to help change long-standing perceptions as gangs expand beyond their traditional territories. Gangs are growing, becoming more sophisticated and migrating into smaller cities and towns, officials said, and law enforcement agencies must find a unified approach to fight them.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 14, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that the City Council was within its authority when it pre-empted the Police Commission's move to place Police Chief Daryl F. Gates on a 60-day leave of absence.The ruling by Judge Ronald Sohigian, which leaves Chief Gates ensconced in his position, could have major ramifications for control of the 8,300-member Los Angeles Police Department."The [city] Charter gives the council the power to act as it did," Judge Sohigian wrote in a 49-page opinion.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
Orchid Cellmark, a Montgomery County-based laboratory that has analyzed DNA for such high-profile cases as the O.J. Simpson trial and the JonBenet Ramsey murder, has fired an analyst for allegedly falsifying test data - setting off a scramble by defense attorneys to review evidence in the affected cases. The incident mars an otherwise stellar reputation for Cellmark, a pioneer in the burgeoning field of solving crimes through the analysis of trace genetic material, known as deoxyribonucleic acid, left on evidence.
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By Sara Lin and Sara Lin,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 8, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The theft early last week of a $3.5 million Stradivarius cello owned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic sent a sour note across the classical music world amid fears that a sophisticated ring of bandits had made off with the treasure. Detectives launched an international search for the instrument as aficionados from London to Hong Kong chattered about who might have the cello. But on Thursday, the investigation shifted closer to home. The Los Angeles Police Department released a videotape showing a young man on a bicycle, probably a teen-ager from the neighborhood, making off with the cello.
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By Daniel Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 12, 2004
LOS ANGELES - A national strategy similar to those used against organized crime and in counterterrorism efforts must be created to fight street gangs, federal and local law enforcement officials said yesterday at the start of a two-day conference. The conference, sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI, was organized to help change long-standing perceptions as gangs expand beyond their traditional territories. Gangs are growing, becoming more sophisticated and migrating into smaller cities and towns, officials said, and law enforcement agencies must find a unified approach to fight them.
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By Richard Marosi and Richard Marosi,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 30, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Jurors in the Donovan Jackson police abuse trial declared yesterday that they could not reach a verdict on the assault charge against Jeremy Morse, the former Inglewood police officer caught on videotape last summer slamming Jackson, then 16, onto the trunk of a police car and punching him in the face. The same jury found Morse's former partner Bijan Darvish not guilty of filing a false police report about the confrontation. In a case that drew national attention after the videotape was widely shown, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Hollingsworth declared a hung jury in the Morse case after the jury foreman said further deliberations would not change their minds.
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By LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS | October 3, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- Law enforcement officials swiftly put in motion plans to handle disturbances if any develop in the wake of today's O.J. Simpson verdict.Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Eduardo Funes said the police would be prepared -- this time -- to handle any disturbances."The process failed in 1992 in the riots, and measures will be taken to make sure it doesn't happen again," Mr. Funes said."We are confident the LAPD will respond vigorously to any unrest, any unusual occurrences," he said.
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By Los Angeles Daily News | March 5, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- In the four years since Los Angeles Police Department officers were captured on videotape beating Rodney King with their batons, use of the once-popular weapon has dropped sharply, LAPD use-of-force records obtained by the Los Angeles Daily News show.Baton use reached an eight-year low last year, figuring in just 41 arrests -- a 92 percent drop from 1990, when batons were used 501 times against suspects resisting arrest, according to Los Angeles Police Department figures.Officers are no longer relying on their batons in large part because of the department's adoption of pepper spray, a cayenne pepper-based agent that leaves most suspects temporarily blinded and gasping, LAPD officials say.Longtime critics of the LAPD such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California say that they welcome the evidence that officers are using batons less frequently.
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By Los Angeles Times | November 7, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Protesters gathered yesterday outside the Mormon temple in Westwood to protest Tuesday's passage of Proposition 8, the California initiative that bans same-sex marriage. Soon after the rally got under way at 2 p.m., men and women hoisting signs shouted down men in suits from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, yelling "Shame on you!" and pointing at them. The men and a groundskeeper stood looking at them impassively. Mormon leadership in Salt Lake City had strongly encouraged Mormons in California to help pass Proposition 8 with donations of time and money.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 26, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Clarence Chance and Benny Powell walked into Los Angeles County Superior Court as handcuffed prisoners and left as free men -- released by a judge after they had spent 17 years behind bars for a murder that the district attorney is no longer convinced they committed.The dramatic ruling yesterday by Judge Florence-Marie Cooper capped an extraordinary series of events for Mr. Chance and Mr. Powell, who were convicted in 1975 of killing a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. Their road to freedom was paved by a New Jersey private investigator who, after four years of painstaking research, uncovered new evidence that defense lawyers say proves the pair were framed by overzealous investigators for the Los Angeles Police Department.
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By Los Angeles Times | February 25, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- Garrett Morris, one of the original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on the "Saturday Night Live" television show, was shot and critically wounded yesterday during a holdup attempt on a street in Central Los Angeles, police said.Mr. Morris, 57, underwent surgery at the Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in nearby Inglewood, where doctors said he is expected to survive the gunshot wounds in his chest and arm.Sandra Castello, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said Mr. Morris was walking to his parked car about 12:50 p.m. PST when two men accosted him on the sidewalk and demanded money.
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By WILEY A. HALL | August 12, 1993
In January, a Baltimore City Council member demanded that Police Commissioner Eddie Woods reduce crime within six months or step down. Six months and 29 days later, with violent crime still rising and his department besieged by controversy, Commissioner Woods unexpectedly tendered his resignation, then seemingly fled into hiding when he left town for a two-week vacation.Early last year, Isaac Fulwood Jr. promised to resign as police chief of Washington unless his department cut the city's soaring homicide rate.
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