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Morning Briefing: Reforming LAPD

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A protester holds up a sign during the YG x BLMLA x BLDPWR protest and march on June 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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In conversation with Take Two host A Martínez, several experts on police tactics and use of force suggested that one of the first steps toward police reform should be the creation of an independent national database that would track officers’ records of misconduct.

"They should be in that database, and be prohibited by law from serving as a police officer ever again in any state," said Erroll Southers, the director of the Safe Communities Institute at USC and a co-creator of an LAPD community policing training program.

Greg Meyer, a retired LAPD captain and expert on police use of force, added that the local department should also develop a better way to prevent officers with problematic track records from continuing to work, saying:

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"The courts and arbitrators and civil service commissions have a really sorry record for returning fired officer misfits back to duty.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, June 16

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As the school year comes to an end, Marina Peña and Chava Sanchez have been hearing from high school students about how they've been adjusting to life during the pandemic and the civil unrest.

Unemployment has swept Los Angeles as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but joblessness has climbed much higher in parts of L.A. with large Black populations. Many Black neighborhoods are now experiencing levels of unemployment that are double or even triple the rates in other areas, reports David Wagner.

Elina Shatkin examines L.A. County officials’ report that 50% of restaurants that reopened last weekend were not in compliance with county requirements.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Policing The Police: Leaders of the Black Lives Matter-L.A. movement presented to city council an alternate budget for L.A., which calls for investing in social services over police. Experts on law enforcement, use of force and more weigh in on how to reform LAPD. Following protests, L.A. county officials have walked back their initial finding that Robert Fuller's death by hanging was a suicide.

Coronavirus Fallout: Add In-N-Out to the list of restaurants suing their insurer for denying their business interruption coverage. Much of L.A.’s recyclables ended up in landfills following the city’s stay-at-home orders. Gov. Newsom said that reopening California's economy was inevitable — and so is a rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

Equal Rights At Work: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that workplace protections bar employers from firing LGBTQIA employees because of their sexual orientation.

Turn In Your Old Car… For Public Transit: The South Coast Air Quality Management District is now offering a voucher good for a whole lot of bus, train and rideshare trips in exchange for your old car.

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What To Do And Watch: Poets celebrate Juneteenth, the United in Pride film fest unspools online and Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle launch a new show in this week’s best online and IRL events. The Oscars are now pushed back two months to April 25.

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The name of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was shot and killed by Atlanta police, was added to a memorial at the Silver Lake reservoir for people who have died at the hands of law enforcement.

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