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Police leaders, including L.A.'s, call for reforms to reduce prison population

Police leaders, including L.A.'s, call for reforms to reduce prison population

Leaders of some of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies, including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, banded together in Washington on Wednesday to call for criminal justice reforms they said would greatly reduce the U.S. prison population.

“I’ve been through the war on drugs, the war on gangs," Beck said. "What I’ve learned in the past 40 years is that police departments cannot be at war with the communities they serve.”

The group of nearly 130 active and retired police executives, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, is led by Beck along with Chicago Police Supt. Garry F. McCarthy, New York City Police...

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