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LAPD's inconsistent discipline has a steep price
LAPD's inconsistent discipline has a steep price

There were no vigils, no protests, no #blacklivesmatter tweets when Steven Washington, 27, alone and unarmed, was killed five years ago by a Los Angeles police officer on a dark Koreatown street. The shooting was blamed on tactical errors; the officer and his partner were disciplined. Two years later, the city paid $950,000 to the dead man's mother to make the case go away. That's why I was surprised to read that the two officers involved scored a courtroom victory last week: a $4-million judgment in a discrimination lawsuit they filed against the Los Angeles Police Department. The officers, who are Latino, claimed the department punished them too harshly because the man...

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