AirTalk for July 31, 2013

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Zimmerman protests, hit-and-runs, police training and more

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Mayor Eric Garcetti called for peaceful protests after George Zimmerman's verdict. Garcetti was joined by LAPD Charlie Beck (far left), City Attorney Mike Feuer, and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (far right).

Chief Charlie Beck joins AirTalk to discuss LAPD's accountability towards recent issues. In addition to increased car break-ins in North Hollywood, Los Angeles has also faced pedestrian robberies in the form of “bash mobs.” How can the LAPD allow peaceful protests but watch out for bash mob robberies?

And while we’re discussing peaceful protests, how did the LAPD handle the protests after George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict? Although most of the protests were without incident, police were in riot gear. Does the LAPD prepare for the worst?

Also, LA Weekly has been covering hit-and-runs in Los Angeles. They ran an article in December on “L.A.’s Bloody Hit-and-Run Epidemic.” More recent articles say that the L.A. City Council has been pushing the police to treat these crimes more seriously.

Newly elected City Attorney Mike Feuer is also looking into crime rates. Feuer is proposing a gang injunction in Echo Park to reduce gang violence. Would it work? What is the LAPD’s current strategy to deal with gang violence?

And are officers trained to deal with animals? Chief Beck weighs in on the dog shooting by the Hawthorne police officer.

Guest:
Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police


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