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Rodney King

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  • LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's side

     LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's side
    In the three-plus years since Charlie Beck put on the chief's badge at the LAPD, his goal has been to consolidate a modern, multiethnic, publicly responsible 10,000-officer department, as envisioned in the rattling reforms of 15 and 20 years ago. The chief's recent trial by fire was about one ex-probationary cop named Christopher Dorner and the manhunt that ended in Dorner's death, consumed millions in law enforcement dollars and ate up, for the moment at least, some fraction of the goodwill the LAPD has been working to bank. With investigations launched into Dorner's claims and the LAPD's use of force, Beck sizes up the fallout so far.
  • Dorner and the LAPD legacy

    Dorner and the LAPD legacy
    I expected fireworks in South Los Angeles this week, when LAPD Chief Charlie Beck showed up at a community meeting to talk about Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop turned killer whose manifesto cast the department in an ugly light, resurrecting decades of...

    Brenda E. Stevenson, writer of wrongs

     Brenda E. Stevenson, writer of wrongs
    Historian Brenda E. Stevenson (pictured in her UCLA office, with an African sculpture) mostly writes about the long-gone — 18th and 19th century African Americans, and the lives of enslaved women. Then came the case that made history while L.A....

    Rodney King drank, smoked pot before drowning, records show

     
    Before his death by accidental drowning, Rodney King spent the night and early morning hours drinking and smoking marijuana at his house in Rialto and was stumbling around his backyard moments before he fell into his swimming pool, according to the San...

    LL Cool J acted in self-defense during fight, detectives believe

     
    LL Cool J isn't expected to face any criminal charges during a violent confrontation with a burglar at his home this week. The alleged burglar suffered a broken nose and jaw at the action star's hands Wednesday morning. But law...