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LAPPL joins the spray of 'bath salts' warnings

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The Los Angeles Police Protection League is in a lather over the growing use of so-called "bath salts" — the new synthetic street drug — and has joined a wash of warnings in the wake of audio released this week allegedly involving synthetic drugs and the bank executive who claims he was beaten by the LAPD.

The LAPPL's post follows an L.A. Times story earlier in the week noting nationwide poison control centers statistics regarding calls about synthetic drugs.

A White House-issued "Synthetic Drug" fact sheet cites the number of calls related to bath salt exposure "increased by more than 20 times in 2011 alone, up from 304 in 2010 to 6,138," according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

A federal ban on synthetic drug ingredients MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone was signed by President Obama in July.


Police union to sue the city and LAPD over one-day impound policy

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Calling it a "catch 22" for officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League announced Thursday that it will be filing a lawsuit against the City of L.A., and the police department, over the new one-day vehicle impound policy for unlicensed-drivers.

The new policy, recently approved by the Police Commission, conflicts with state law mandating a 30-day impoundment for a car driven by an unlicensed driver, says the LAPPL.

A conflict of code now exists, they believe, that puts officers in a no-win situation where they may be subjected to potential civil liability issues if a car released under the one-day policy is involved in a collision resulting in injury or death.

The decision to take legal action "is not a position on immigration policy" the LAPPL said in a statement. Rather, the lawsuit is "based on our duty to fairly represent and protect the working conditions of LAPD officers,” states League President Tyler Izen.