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  • 14-month-old girl allegedly abducted is returned, relative tells LAPD

    14-month-old girl allegedly abducted is returned, relative tells LAPD

    Los Angeles police said they were trying to confirm a family member's report that a 14-month-old girl who had allegedly been abducted by her father in South Los Angeles on Tuesday was returned safely. Police received a phone call Wednesday morning from a relative who said the girl had been returned,...

  • Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history

    Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history

    The architecture of the column re-interpreted, California’s dark history of lynchings reenacted and an artist who takes pictures of Hell (literally). Plus, figurative paintings that rely on the minimal and a group show that straddles generations. Here’s what we have in the Datebook this week: “Henry...

  • Ezell Ford autopsy, LAPD chief disclose new details of shooting

    Ezell Ford autopsy, LAPD chief disclose new details of shooting

    A South Los Angeles man who was killed in a police shooting in August was shot in the back at close range during what LAPD Chief Charlie Beck described Monday as a violent struggle over an officer's gun. The new details about the shooting came as an autopsy report released Monday showed that Ezell...

  • Michael Brown protests: 'It does remind me of 1992,' says LAPD chief

    Michael Brown protests: 'It does remind me of 1992,' says LAPD chief

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck praised the city's generally peaceful response to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of a young black man, saying three arrests had been made but no major incidents or property damage were reported. Beck grew emotional...

  • Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters

    Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters

    A man was handcuffed by Los Angeles police during an early morning protest outside LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. About 100 protesters had gathered on 1st Street in front of the headquarters in a largely peaceful protest when a shoving match broke out between a wall of police officers...

  • Leimert Park rally protests beating by CHP officer

    Civil rights activists are rallying in Leimert Park on Saturday to demand that Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey file charges against a California Highway Patrol officer who was captured on video punching a woman on the 10 Freeway. Officer Daniel Andrew has been stripped of his duties...

  • Crenshaw choir director returns to classroom as inquiry continues
    Crenshaw choir director returns to classroom as inquiry continues

    Crenshaw High School’s longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District, returned to the classroom on Tuesday as an inquiry into possible misconduct continues.

    Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw’s award-winning choir, was removed from...

  • Gang code of silence compounds a family's heartbreak
    Gang code of silence compounds a family's heartbreak

    I spent Sunday night at a candlelight vigil, held to mark the anniversary of a young man's shooting death and nudge anyone who knows anything to come forward.

    I heard a grieving mother beg the crowd for tips that might help police and watched burly high school football players drop to their knees...

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers
    Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers

    L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he reimbursed the county for work done in addition to the installation of a taxpayer-funded security system.

  • Teen who allegedly helped set off Hollywood, Crenshaw crimes arrested
    Teen who allegedly helped set off Hollywood, Crenshaw crimes arrested

    Los Angeles police announced Wednesday the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in connection with a series of robberies and other crimes in Crenshaw and Hollywood, saying they believe he used social media to help organize the illegal activity.

    The teen was arrested Monday on suspicion of inciting a riot,...

  • Man headed to court in attacks during Zimmerman protests
    Man headed to court in attacks during Zimmerman protests

    A Los Angeles man will return to court later this month after being accused of accosting two news crews covering the protests of the George Zimmerman verdict in Leimert Park.

    Shareef Abdullah, 28, and nine teenagers allegedly committed criminal acts during a series of otherwise peaceful protests...

  • Man, 9 teens charged after Zimmerman protests, Hollywood robberies
    Man, 9 teens charged after Zimmerman protests, Hollywood robberies

    A Los Angeles man and nine teenagers who allegedly committed criminal acts during a series of otherwise peaceful protests last week have been charged, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    The group was among those arrested during a series of demonstrations against the George Zimmerman acquittal in the slaying...

  • Today's young protesters see injustice through a different filter
    Today's young protesters see injustice through a different filter

    It's largely an issue 'about fashion and guns and being profiled because you're young.' And youths ache for adults to let them speak for themselves.

  • Ridley-Thomas calls for federal prosecution of George Zimmerman
    Ridley-Thomas calls for federal prosecution of George Zimmerman

    The chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors called on U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to file federal charges against former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin.

    Zimmerman was acquitted in Florida criminal court this weekend...

  • Zimmerman verdict protests in L.A. calm after tense nights
    Zimmerman verdict protests in L.A. calm after tense nights

    After demonstrations were marred by rogue groups of vandals, the most recent protests Tuesday night in Los Angeles against the George Zimmerman verdict remained peaceful.

    The crowd was smaller and the mood noticeably different at Leimert Park in South L.A., where demonstrators made it clear they...

  • In South L.A., Zimmerman protest is small, peaceful rally
    In South L.A., Zimmerman protest is small, peaceful rally

    In the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park, protesters were determined to have a peaceful rally on Tuesday night — and they appeared to be keeping it that way.

    By 9 p.m., the atmosphere was entirely different than the end of Monday's protest, when some people left the main event and...

  • Zimmerman protests: Man who allegedly stole CBS camera arrested

    The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a suspect on suspicion of stealing at CBS TV crew's camera during coverage of Trayvon Martin protests Saturday night in Leimert Park.Police said a man claiming to have a gun took the camera from a KCBS-TV crew. Officials said the camera has since been...

  • Occupy L.A. ignores LAPD warnings, urges followers into the streets
    Occupy L.A. ignores LAPD warnings, urges followers into the streets

    Even as LAPD Chief Charlie Beck warned George Zimmerman verdict protesters to keep the streets open and vowed an "aggressive" police presence in South L.A., Occupy Los Angeles called on its supporters to converge on South L.A. on Tuesday evening.

    On its Facebook page and Twitter account, the group...

  • Police vow crackdown after Zimmerman protests flare in L.A., Oakland
    Police vow crackdown after Zimmerman protests flare in L.A., Oakland

    As two major California cities spent Tuesday morning assessing damage and tallying arrests from violent protests the night before, officials asked for peaceful behavior -- but promised a crackdown should the demonstrations escalate again.

    Protestors have rallied across the nation after a Florida...

  • Zimmerman protests: Wal-Mart shoppers recall chaos, trashed store
    Zimmerman protests: Wal-Mart shoppers recall chaos, trashed store

    Shoppers at a Wal-Mart on Crenshaw Boulevard described a scene of chaos and mayhem Monday night as unruly protesters stormed the store, tossing merchandise and trying to loot jewelry cases.

    Police estimated about 150 people took part in the violence Monday night after a peaceful vigil at Leimert...

  • TV reporter, cameraman attacked by rogue Zimmerman verdict protesters
    TV reporter, cameraman attacked by rogue Zimmerman verdict protesters

    A reporter and cameraman for CBS2/KCAL9 were attacked in the Crenshaw district by rogue protesters who broke off from a peaceful demonstration at Leimert Park, police said Tuesday.

    Reporter Dave Bryan was interviewing Joseph Degurre, 43, about 10 p.m. Monday when video shows Bryan getting hit in...

  • 14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent
    14 arrested after Zimmerman verdict protest in L.A. turns violent

    Los Angeles police arrested 14 people overnight for failing to disperse after hundreds of protesters splintered off a peaceful demonstration in the Crenshaw district and began stomping cars and breaking windows.

    “It started off as a peaceful protest at Leimert Park,” said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh....

  • Zimmerman verdict protesters attack TV reporter, storm Wal-Mart
    Zimmerman verdict protesters attack TV reporter, storm Wal-Mart

    A peaceful protest of the George Zimmerman verdict in Los Angeles turned violent Monday after youths broke away from the main demonstration in Leimert Park, stomped on cars, broke windows, set fires and attacked several people. 

    KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman were among those...

  • L.A. officials urge calm, vow to crack down on protesters
    L.A. officials urge calm, vow to crack down on protesters

    Los Angeles officials late Monday night commended police in their response to violence following a protest of the George Zimmerman verdict and vowed to crack down on similar actions beginning Tuesday.

    About 350 Los Angeles Police Department officers swarmed the Crenshaw district after groups of...

  • Zimmerman verdict: Multiple people taken into custody by LAPD
    Zimmerman verdict: Multiple people taken into custody by LAPD

    Multiple protesters denouncing the George Zimmerman verdict were taken into custody Monday night  after Los Angeles police declared an unlawful assembly in the Crenshaw district. 

    The police actions came after several hours of lawlessness along Crenshaw Boulevard and adjacent streets as groups...

  • Trayvon Martin protesters block 10 Freeway in L.A.
    Trayvon Martin protesters block 10 Freeway in L.A.

    The Los Angeles Police Department has called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.

    The California Highway Patrol said "police activity" around the 10 Freeway...

  • LAPD on modified tactical alert amid Trayvon Martin protest

    The LAPD has declared a modified tactical alert amid a protest in Leimert Park sparked by the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in Florida on Saturday night. 

    The alert applies only to the agency's South Bureau. In a tactical alert, officers can be held over after their regular shifts and they...

  • Demonstrators gather in Leimert Park to protest Zimmerman verdict

    People began gathering in Leimert Park on Saturday night to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to police and social media reports.

    "We are getting reports that people are starting to gather," said LAPD Officer Phillip Ahn. "It's in its infancy."

    ...

  • Metro recommends contractor (and $160 million more) for Crenshaw Line

    Transportation officials are seeking an additional $160 million for the Crenshaw Line light-rail construction budget, bringing the project’s estimated cost to more than $2 billion, according to a staff report issued Friday by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  

    The report...

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