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LAPD Chief Beck returns to AirTalk to talk crime stats, gun sales, and more




Police Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry to talk about pocket parks, Dorner, realignment and property crime, ankle bracelets and car chases.
Police Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry to talk about pocket parks, Dorner, realignment and property crime, ankle bracelets and car chases.
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LA Police Chief Charlie Beck surprised many this week with news he recommended criminal charges be filed against an officer who shot an unarmed homeless man in Venice last month.

Beck says it was a difficult, but obvious decision to ask the district attorney's office to take action in the case. Another task facing the chief is rising crime in LA.

While criminologists told KPCC's Frank Stoltze the rates are not alarming, preliminary numbers from 2015 show a 10 percent increase in murders, robberies went up 12 percent and aggravated assaults 27 percent - over last year, according to the latest data available from LAPD.

We'll also talk about the latest word on body cameras, gun sales and security in the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings, plus talk with listeners on AirTalk.

What are your questions for Chief Beck?

Guest:

Charlie Beck, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department. He tweets from @LAPDChiefBeck