LAPD Banned from Breaking the Law
In a weird settlement between the ACLU and the LAPD, the LA City Council approved a ban that says officers patrolling Skid Row cannot conduct unconstitutional searches of homeless individuals. While breaking the law is a given no-no for police, it all stems from a difference of opinion on the interpretation of the Constitution. In this case, a federal judge sided with the people saying the LAPD was being too aggressive in their shakedown of Skid Row residents. "We agree to disagree," Capt. Jodi Wakefield told the LA Times. "But there's nothing wrong with us going back and making sure that our officers clearly understand the Constitution, and all the laws they have to abide by. I feel confident they do."