Donald Trump may have trounced Hillary Clinton for the U.S. presidency but there’s an equally interesting albeit nasty race for president happening right now in Los Angeles and most people know nothing about it.
On Fri. Dec. 2, attorney’s for renowned Black journalist and LAPD critic Jasmyne Cannick filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck for false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and violations of her First Amendment rights.
A Los Angeles Police Department internal email shows that the department has misclassified up to 80% of aggravated assaults as simple assaults. That’s important because if they can label a crime as belonging to the Part II family of crimes it doesn’t get counted in the overall violence crime statistics reported publicly—the only numbers that really matter to the LAPD and City Hall.
If the Los Angeles Police Commission can’t manage to make their meetings reasonably accessible to everyone in a timely manner, what faith should the public really have in their capabilities to do anything else as it relates to transparency or accountability with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD?
To quote the great Bay Area philosopher E40, “Everybody get choices.” Tuesday, November 8th is your chance to make yours. Here’s how I’m voting.
Some days I feel like I’m still figuring out who I am. Most days I know exactly who I am but I’ll admit that most people haven’t got a clue when it comes to me.