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AirTalk® FOR February 21, 2018

Chief Beck on his unexpected retirement, newly proposed rules for releasing officer body cam footage and more

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Larry sits down with Chief Beck after his unexpected retirement announcement last month to talk about why he chose to leave the position early and the process of finding LA’s next police chief. We also bring you the latest on the sexual harassment allegations in the CA capitol; should the state reform its cash bail system for low income defendants?; and more. See full episode >
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