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Police Protests: No Prosecution Planned Against Protesters

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Top Los Angeles law enforcement officials say they will not pursue criminal or financial penalties against protesters who have been detained, it was reported today. The decision follows complaints by many of those arrested that they spent hours in plastic handcuffs in crammed buses without justification, leaving them with injuries and potentially exposing them to the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reported. Many of those were taken into custody last week for either violating curfew rules or failing to disperse after the LAPD had declared their protest unlawful.

Garcetti Says Los Angeles Will Not Increase Its Police Budget for 2020-2021

By Eric Heinz, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Mayor Eric Garcetti said tonight he will not authorize an increase of the Los Angeles Police Department's budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year and is temporarily prohibiting officers from entering names into a statewide gang database. "To the men and women of our Los Angeles Police Department, we ask so much of you, and never more than in these days," Garcetti said. "All of us, every single one of us, are making a sacrifice. This is not on...

LA Police Commission Seeks to Make Policy Reforms Following Days of Protest

By Eric Heinz, City News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Following days of protests against police brutality, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission president said today the board will take steps to review and revise police policies, with input from the community. "(It) would be easy to say we've made great progress, that there’s more accountability, more transparency," Board President Eileen Decker said. "And while all of that is very, very true, we all have to say 'It's not enough.' It's not nearly enough, and we all, no matter who we are,...

LA County Starts Planning for Shift in Juvenile Justice System

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - As Gov. Gavin Newsom moves to close California's youth prison system, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began planning today for a shift of juvenile offenders from state to county supervision. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl co-authored a motion calling the existing Youth Justice Work Group to come up with strategies for supervising what will likely be hundreds of youth charged with more serious crimes than those committed by minors currently in county juvenile halls and camps. The motion also calls for increasing community-based alternatives...