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Posts Tagged ‘LAPD’

Carjacking Suspect Killed by LAPD on Live TV

Car chase fans got quite the exciting ending Thursday night when TV cameras were rolling during a tragic end in a bizarre pursuit.

The reported 40-year-old carjacking suspect pulled into a Shell gas station shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown. With an innocent bystander pumping gas just feet away, LAPD officers opened fire on the late model Saturn, killing the suspect in the process —  live on KCAL 9.

While I understand anything can happen on live TV, KCAL 9 followed that up with multiple slow-motion replays of the shooting. A bit excessive, no?

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Photojournalist Assaulted by LAPD Still Behind Bars

Freelance photographer Tyson Heder is still behind bars after he was assaulted and arrested during the Occupy LA raid early Wednesday morning.

Simone Wilson of the LA Weekly provided an update of the messy scene at the Metropolitan Detention Center:

The situation at the Metropolitan Detention Center — where photojournalist Heder and gobs of other arrestees are being held — is, by all accounts, total chaos.

“They’re all scheduled to be out of here by Friday, within the 48 hours,” says watch commander Sergeant Angelo. “Thats our goal.” But he adds that “there were so many bodies, so many people” that he can’t guarantee anything.

Heder’s attorney, Joe Singleton, says there’s a “big wait” at the detention center, where he’s trying to help Heder. “The court is having problems tracking down the right paperwork from the City Attorney’s office. They’re just trying to figure out what’s going on. Nobody’s told me anything.”

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LAPD Roughs Up Occupy LA Photographer

While Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is singing the praises of how well the LAPD handled the Occupy LA raid, we wanted to share this clip of a photographer getting manhandled by the police.

I guess he wasn’t one of the “lucky” 12 media members that were credentialed.

L.A. Press Club In a Row Over Riots

riotgear.jpgThe L.A. Press Club sent this letter to the LAPD yesterday about the MacArthur Park incident. The FBI is investigating, and so far, it seems like the Chief is saying all the right things. But will something meaningful come of it? We doubt it. In the meantime, though, we think we’ve discovered our favorite “citizen journalist.”

May 2, 2007

Chief William Bratton
Office of Chief of Police
Los Angeles Police Department
Parker Center
150 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, Calif. 90012

RE: POLICE ATTACK ON NEWS PROFESSIONALS

Dear Chief Bratton:

As Los Angeles’ oldest news media organization, we wish to express our concern about police officers’ attacks on news reporters and photographers yesterday during the immigration rally in MacArthur Park. There is no excuse for these attacks which sent several news professionals to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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