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As is the case in many other parts of the country, activists and protesters in L.A. are keeping the pressure on local leaders to call out and punish police brutality, even as new claims of excessive force crop up.

The L.A. Police Commission heard from civil rights activists and lawyers yesterday, who presented a list of demands, including a ban on so-called less-than-lethal weapons — like batons and rubber bullets — at protests.

And even as the civilian watchdog group reviews claims of police violence during protests against police violence, new claims of brutality keep cropping up in and around L.A. County. Video shot by a bystander in Compton on May 31 shows three L.A. County sheriff’s deputies violently arresting 24-year-old Dalvin Price, who is black, after, Price says, he willingly got out of his car when he noticed their vehicle behind him.

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In the video, Price can be seen on the ground — and saying out loud, “I’m on the ground” — when one deputy holds Price's head down with his leg and punches him, and another knees Price five times in the side.

That this instance of police violence happened on day five of an international uproar over police violence only serves to drive home the point. Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, June 11

A group of all-volunteer attorneys are working to defend protesters and hold law enforcement accountable. Libby Denkmann profiles the L.A. chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Jackie Fortiér has the story of an L.A. doctor who is treating protesters for free in support of the cause.

Two servers have been trying to bring together the Mozza restaurant community with an online comedy show since the coronavirus outbreak came to L.A.. They did their last show on the night looting and fire hit the restaurant. Mike Roe checks in with them.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Policing The Police: The L.A. Police Commission found that an off-duty LAPD officer violated policy when he shot and killed an unarmed, intellectually disabled man in a Corona Costco last June. Three protestors told us their stories from the past few weeks’ demonstrations. Activists presented a list of demands to the L.A. Police Commission, including a ban on less-than-lethal weapons and batons at public demonstrations. There's outrage in Compton over a bystander video showing sheriff's deputies violently arresting a young black man late last month.

Bel Air Blaze: A brush fire broke out just after midnight Wednesday in the hills of Bel Air and burned an estimated 50 acres, but firefighters were able to build containment lines with some help from water-dropping helicopters.

Reopening L.A.: A new phase of reopening can begin in L.A. County this Friday, including gyms, museums, sports arenas (without a live audience) and film production. Disneyland has proposed dates for reopening, including reopening the park itself on July 17. Long Beach’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate has been slowly increasing over the past two weeks, but the city will still reopen more businesses on Friday.

The Fate Of Dreamers: The Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the fate of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients by the end of June.

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Photo Of The Day

From Samanta Helou Hernandez's photo essay on last week's protest outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's house, an activist writes an attorney’s phone number on a protester’s arm in case they get arrested.

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