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Mark Puente

Mark Puente is an award-winning investigative reporter covering the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the L.A. Times in 2019. He previously worked at the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Baltimore Sun and the Tampa Bay Times. Prior to becoming a journalist, he spent 15 years driving a tractor trailer across the country. His real passion is smoking meat and honing his BBQ skills. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Two LAPD officers violated policy in fatal Van Nuys hostage standoff, panel finds

Two Los Angeles police were found out of policy for fatally shooting a woman hostage last year during a standoff in Van Nuys.

Jury clears LAPD officers in $12.5-million lawsuit over man who swallowed heroin

A federal jury cleared five Los Angeles police officers in the 2016 death of Alex Aguilar, who died after swallowing 26 grams of heroin during his arrest.

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