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Clear, thoughtful rules are needed for recordings by LAPD
Clear, thoughtful rules are needed for recordings by LAPD

The Los Angeles police sergeant who caused a controversy when he detained “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts in response to a 911 call last month has now publicly defended his decision to turn over an audio recording he made of the incident to the celebrity news site TMZ, which then posted it. Speaking at a meeting of the Police Commission on Tuesday, Sgt. Jim Parker said he released the recording to show that his stop of Watts, who is black, and her boyfriend, who is white, was not racially motivated. The couple has argued otherwise. The Police Department's internal investigation of the incident is ongoing. In general, it's a smart idea for police officers to...

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