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No Firings in LAPD’s May Day Brutality

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Posted on Jul 1, 2009
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LAPD riot cops inflicted injuries on more than 200 demonstators and journalists in the May Day 2007 melee.

A Los Angeles police review panel comprised mostly of cops has refused to fire any of the officers involved in the 2007 May Day brutality in MacArthur Park. The city shelled out $13 million in settlements because of the melee, but the worst punishment handed down was a 20-day suspension for one cop.

The Los Angeles Times:

None of the Los Angeles police officers accused of using excessive force on demonstrators and journalists at a 2007 May Day gathering at MacArthur Park will be fired, officials said Tuesday.

Police Chief William J. Bratton had sought to punish 11 officers and called for the termination of four others by sending them to disciplinary panels for their involvement in the melee, which has cost the city $13 million in legal settlements.

On Tuesday, Bratton said that the internal disciplinary boards had concluded their work and that the maximum penalty imposed was a 20-day suspension for one officer.

“Ultimately it is up to the board, and that has been the way it has been for generations,” Bratton said.

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By rjjrdq, July 7, 2009 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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If you’ve ever seen how fast a riot starts…you would understand the police actions. And when it’s 3am and some burglar is crawling through my window-those are the guys I want showing up.

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By Folktruther, July 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

LAPD is a traditionally racist organization, usually directed against African-Americans.  But the previous may day march, which I attended, drew perhaps a million Latinos, all disciplined, in white shirts, waving American flags.  This drew racist ire from right wingers, and from Eli Broad’s firm which largely runs LA.

So the next year LAPD ran riot in MacAurthor park, where Latino families go for picnics on holidays and the weekends.  demonstrators, families, journalists, etc were all systematiclly gassed and beaten, arrested and, for all I know, tortured.  The Latino Mayor, Viollongras, then reappointed the chief of LAPD, who was responsible for the police riot, to another term of office.

This is routine in LAPD.  A brutal and corrupt orgnaization that brutalizes the working class with impunity.

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By boggs, July 2, 2009 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

What were the $13 Million in settlements for? If the panel finds there was no wrongdoing by their brotherhood.
This just doesn’t wash and such findings will not breed respect or admiration for the LAPD. Maybe you like to be hated.
Los Angeles has its own little militia!
People better wise up.

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By George Rodriguez, July 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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Since 2001, spending on our county police force has never stagnated - recruitment is up, squad cars are new, cops appear to be paid well and it looks like their work is a bit more stable then in other industries.
A closer look reveals new sources of funding, for newer equipment including information technology. Politicians “celebrate” crime on their way into elected office, nevermind the more important investments that could be made with our tax dollars. Meanwhile, social services have been cut back to the bone or eliminated, roads and public transportation deteriorate.  Misery, beatings and jail time are no solution, yet they seem to be even more popular with power.

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By Onyema Onyz, July 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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A simple May Day demonstration and 200 casualties in the hands of LA police, yet we in the press have the right to talk about Iran that has thousands of demonstrators with only a few casualties. If what happened in Iran should happen in Los Angeles, I bet we will be counting about five thousand dead and wounded. The brutality of our police cannot be equated to any in the world.

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By glider, July 1, 2009 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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I can only imagine how many bad cops romanticize about the good old days before cell phone cameras when they could kick ass with more abandon!

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By skulz fontaine, July 1, 2009 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

This comes as surprising? Amerka won’t prosecute war criminals. Why would cops be any different. Besides, L.A. cops were pounding on “immigrants” and they have NO rights in the land o the free.

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