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LAPD shooting tests South L.A.'s fragile goodwill toward department
LAPD shooting tests South L.A.'s fragile goodwill toward department

Los Angeles police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger sat with increasing unease at a church in South Los Angeles as residents rose one at a time to berate his department. The meeting had been called to reassure locals about the way the LAPD and other agencies were investigating the recent fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in the neighborhood. But the event quickly boiled over into a critique of the LAPD, with residents accusing the department of racial profiling, excessive force and dishonesty. Paysinger, the LAPD's highest-ranking black officer and a 40-year department veteran, was disturbed by the level of anger. So the morning after last week's community meeting, he drove to...

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