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As LAPD braces for Inauguration Day protests, some question police tactics during past demonstrations

As LAPD braces for Inauguration Day protests, some question police tactics during past demonstrations

As Los Angeles braces for a fresh wave of protests Friday when Donald Trump becomes the nation’s 45th president, the city’s police department will face a familiar challenge: how to balance protesters’ constitutional rights with public safety. 

The LAPD, which has long been scrutinized over its handling of large demonstrations, drew renewed attention after November’s presidential election, when more people were arrested in L.A. than in other cities that also saw large — and sometimes more violent — outbursts. More than 460 people were arrested during demonstrations that lasted from election day to...

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