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What's behind Garcetti's travel story?

What's behind Garcetti's travel story?

It's not that Mayor Eric Garcetti left town on the eve of the Police Commission meeting this month, at which the panel was to determine whether the police shooting of Ezell Ford, an unarmed African American man with mental health problems, was justified. The Ford killing last summer was one of numerous such deadly police encounters that have raised tension and anger across the nation and led to rioting in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, and the Los Angeles Police Department was considering a citywide tactical alert. But Garcetti was back in town in time for the commission's decision.

It's not that Garcetti looked less than leader-like in video shot by protesters at his home the day...