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More LAPD cops to ditch cars and walk the beat in Eastside areas
More LAPD cops to ditch cars and walk the beat in Eastside areas

There was a time when the two Los Angeles police officers would have cruised down Cesar Chavez Avenue in a black-and-white, scanning the sidewalks from their patrol car as they passed through Boyle Heights. But on a recent morning, Officer Eric Perez and his partner spent their patrol time strolling past vendors selling brightly colored jeans and umbrellas, calling out to store owners they recognized and sauntering into shops with a cheerful “Buenos dias!” The pair ducked into a bakery to talk to a man who had complained about people stealing from his shelves, then checked in with another store about taggers marking an outside wall with graffiti. They urged a young mother to...

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