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LAPD Chief Beck on use-of-force and body cam policy changes, plummeting arrests in California and more

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck stands at one of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars unveiled at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017. David McNew/Getty Images

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck visits AirTalk for his monthly check-in today to talk about local and national law enforcement trends and, of course, answer questions from AirTalk listeners.

After a vote by the L.A. Police Commission on Tuesday, officers will now have to attempt to de-escalate a situation before firing their service weapons after the L.A. Police Commission voted Tuesday to approve the new policy, which it hopes will help decrease the number of officer-involved shootings. The Police Commission is also currently holding public comment sessions to get feedback on when, if ever, LAPD should release footage from officers’ body cameras.

We’ll also ask the Chief about a report from LAPD last month that said sexual and domestic violence assault reports among Latinos are down this year, citing fears of deportation. Arrests across the state of California are also being reported as lower than in previous years, so we’ll find out why he thinks that is.

Have questions for Chief Beck? Post in the comments below or join in the conversation at 866-893-5722


Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; he tweets @LAPDChiefBeck

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