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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has been on the job for just over a year, and he can point to a decline in crime, with a homicide rate for 2010 that has dropped to the level of 1967, as a validation of his policing methods. But diminishing budgets, charges of racial profiling on the part of LAPD officers and controversies over the use of deadly force continue to dog his efforts to raise morale and keep crime rates low. You can ask the hard questions about these issues and more as the chief joins Patt for our regular Q&A.
In late September, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the city is on pace to end the year with fewer than 300 homicides, about a 75% decline in killings since the peak in the early 1990s. However, while the murder rate is down, three recent shootings have struck Los Angelenos as particularly senseless; in two incidents, an LAPD officer fired the weapon, and in the other, five year old Aaron Shannon Jr. was murdered while playing in his own backyard. Alleged gang members have been arrested in the last case and the first two are under investigation. The challenge of law enforcement has been increased by budget cuts, most recently causing the reassignment of nearly 90 street cops to jailer status in order to run a new jail facility that has been empty due to lack of staffing. Patt talks with the Chief about these issues and more in our monthly Q&A.
Ask the Chief The LAPD defense of an officer’s shooting of a knife-wielding man this weekend, the latest clues in the case of the mysterious mummies found in a 30s era trunk, overtime cutbacks, new rules on DNA evidence… it’s all on the table as Patt sits down with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in our ongoing series of conversations with L.A.’s finest. Join in – call us with your questions and comments.
The arrest of the Grim Sleeper brought a wave of relief to many families and an end to a 25-year investigation by the LAPD, who nabbed the killer with a piece of pizza and DNA. While an elusive killer is behind bars, what about police being in hot water as cell phone videos and pictures become key evidence in police brutality cases? Or there’s the issue of policing raves and illegal marijuana dispensaries, and a brand new jail sits empty because the city and the LAPD can’t afford to staff it. Chief Charlie Beck addresses these concerns and more as he sits down with Patt. Call in with your questions or comments.
Call in with your questions and comments as Chief Charlie Beck sits down with Patt to discuss the issues facing the LAPD. On the table are the department’s unveiling of iWatch, a program that hopes to incorporate enable the public in tracking down terrorists; the recent clashing between bicyclists and officers (all of which are caught on video); backlogs of cases and closing of evidence rooms as a result of budget cuts; and how the Lakers/Celtics rivalry takes on a new form as Chief Charlie Beck and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis trade bets. This and more… on Ask the Chief.
Arizona’s strict new immigration law sparks protests in LA, officers are forced to put cases on hold because there’s no money for overtime, bike thefts spike and get more violent, and the city says good-bye to Daryl Gates, controversial chief of the LAPD during a tumultuous period of gang violence and increased tensions with minority communities. Call in with your questions, comments and arguments for the Chief, as he takes on all these issues and more.