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Maven's Morning Coffee: Residents angry over LAPD shooting, school police reduce offenses, LA focuses on sustainability

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC reports angry residents confronted police Chief Charlie Beck over the death of Ezell Ford. An officer shot and killed Ford Aug. 11. Police say Ford tried to tackle the officer and grabbed for his gun. Ford's family doesn't believe that account. "Angry shouting and catcalls punctuated the meeting as Beck attempted to explain that he could not provide much information about the shooting," per the station.

In a blog post, members of the Los Angeles Police Protective League ask why the media are not outraged by attacks on police officers. The union also takes issue with the assumption that unarmed suspects do not pose a danger to cops. "Why do these individuals jump to the twisted conclusion that police officers’ lives are any less endangered when encountering 'unarmed' suspects than when they’re staring down the barrel of a gun? Why do these same individuals assume all officer-involved shootings—while always tragic—are always 'bad' shootings?" per the piece.

LAUSD police will no longer give citations to students who commit minor offenses, according to the Los Angeles Times. The policy change "reflects growing research that handling minor offenses with police actions does not necessarily make campuses safer, but often push struggling students to drop out and get in more serious trouble with the law," per the Times.

L.A.'s Sustainability Chief Matt Petersen talks to Town & Country about greening the city. "Our suburban sprawl and traffic problems are representative of the nation. If it’s possible here, it’s possible anywhere," he says.

Tweet of the Day goes to L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

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