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Maya Lau

Maya Lau is a reporter on the Metro desk covering the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She came from the Advocate, based in Baton Rouge, La., where she wrote about criminal justice and corruption in the state’s prison system. She was the lead writer on a team that won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for stories revealing the financial dealings of the long-serving warden of the notorious Angola Prison, who resigned following the reports. She started in journalism as a New York Times news assistant but truly learned how to be a reporter by moving to the small newsroom of the Shreveport Times and writing about crime. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal after graduating from Vassar College.
A killing at a gas station, a videotape and an extraordinary prosecution against a deputy

As officer-involved shootings go, the killing of Francisco Garcia at a Norwalk gas station in 2016 received little media attention and sparked few, if any, street protests. But Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey decided this shooting merited extraordinary action,

L.A. County sheriff’s deputy charged with voluntary manslaughter in first on-duty shooting prosecution in nearly 20 years

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, marking the first time a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles County has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting in nearly 20 years.

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