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'Blue' delivers arresting portrait of L.A.'s policing problems

'Blue' delivers arresting portrait of L.A.'s policing problems

As seen in "Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing" by investigative journalist Joe Domanick, Los Angeles appears to be a city in almost continuous search for a great man to solve the problems of its police department and the racial rifts caused by its traditional heavy-handed style. Domanick gives good marks to recent reformers: Bill Bratton, who served as police chief from 2002 to 2009, and Charlie Beck, the current chief. But he won't suggest that the department has forever dropped its kick-butt approach to street policing. He's seen too much of the LAPD to be that optimistic. Noting a 2014 Wall Street Journal study that found the LAPD had more...

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