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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD under investigation, Jerry Brown skips convention

LAPD officers are under investigation for allegedly using excessive force that resulted in a woman's death.
LAPD officers are under investigation for allegedly using excessive force that resulted in a woman's death.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Five LAPD officers are under investigation for the in-custody death of a South L.A. woman, reports the Los Angeles Times. During the incident, which was captured on video, an officer stomped on the woman's genital area, and then additional force was used to get her in custody. "I am confident we will get to the truth no matter where that leads us," said Chief Charlie Beck.

Meanwhile, the Daily News looks at how much information members of the public can get when it comes to Los Angeles police officers who are disciplined. "I think what the commission has historically done is give as much information as the law currently allows it to give. This is not just a Los Angeles problem; this is a statewide issue," said the Police Commission's Richard Tefank.

Gov. Jerry Brown will not attend next week's Democratic National Convention because of a death in the family and a need to stay in Sacramento to review bills, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Los Angeles County is using new software to determine which inmates may be released from county jail, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Los Angeles County could begin releasing more low-risk inmates — perhaps thousands — to house arrest in the coming months," according to the piece.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington, D.C. He will appear live on MSNBC at 9 a.m. and CNN at 7 p.m.


10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber


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