Council still wants answers on rally

first_imgCouncilman Dennis Zine said he was upset by the department’s refusal to make those who issued the direct orders at the park available for questioning. “We need to know who gave the orders and what were they thinking,” said Zine, a retired LAPD sergeant. “I’m not talking about the officers who were on the skirmish lines, but those who made the decisions. Those are the people we need to talk to.” Bratton said Los Angeles Police Department officers will be invited to a future session of the City Council or to a special task force of council members that is reviewing the incident. The officers cannot be compelled to attend. Councilman Bill Rosendahl chastised the LAPD for the continuing problems. “I question the judgment used to declare this an unlawful assembly in the first place, but the bigger issue for me at this point is the rank and file officers that witnesses tell me were out of control,” Rosendahl said. Bratton and Deputy Chief Mike Hillman, whom Bratton named last week to head a new division coordinating the LAPD response to major events, assured Rosendahl changes had been made and more were planned. Hillman said it appeared to him that officers had acted improperly and had exceeded the boundaries taught in crowd control. Hillman also is in charge of developing a new program on crowd-control techniques to be taught to all officers. Last week, Hillman said he believed the department failed to follow its own guidelines on trying to deal with the situation. Bratton said the department also is completing a number of inquiries, including an after-action report. Other inquiries include a report detailing the use-of-force cases and an examination of individual officers and their behavior. Separate inquiries by the FBI and the Inspector General’s Office also are under way. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A skeptical City Council received assurances Wednesday that the LAPD is already implementing changes to avoid a repeat of the problems that marred a May Day immigration-rights rally at MacArthur Park. In a second week of questioning by council members, Police Chief William Bratton said steps have been taken to improve communications and crowd-control training for officers. The moves come after a melee between demonstrators and police, who said they were attacked by more than a dozen agitators who threw rocks and bottles. In the ensuing effort to clear the park, officers used force against reporters and photographers as well as a number of people who appeared to pose no threat. “Clearly, we had a breakdown here,” Bratton said, referring to the fact he was not informed of problems at MacArthur Park as they were unfolding. “I think that message got through loud and clear to my command staff, given the action I took two days later. I think we fixed that problem.” After the incident, Bratton demoted Deputy Chief Cayler “Lee” Carter, who has subsequently retired, and reassigned Cmdr. Louis Gray. It was Gray who gave officers clearance to use nonlethal weapons against the crowd. But council members said Wednesday that they remain concerned about officers’ actions at the rally and the steps taken since. “When I asked my questions last week, I didn’t get a direct answer,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn complained. last_img read more


first_imgBobcat sightings in Iowa are continuing to increase.That’s led the Iowa D-N-R to raise the trapping limit in the southern counties of the state where they are most prevalent.The bobcat season opens this Saturday, November 2nd and runs through January 31st.D-N-R wildlife biologist Vince Evelsizer, explains the changes:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………bag limit” :13The bobcat range has already expanded from southwest Iowa northward along the western border.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….north direction” :17Woodbury, Plymouth, Monona, Cherokee, Sioux and Lyon counties stay at a one bobcat limit.The overall season limit for bobcats is three.Forty-six of Iowa’s 99 counties are still closed to any bobcat trapping.Radio Iowa/Photo by Iowa DNRlast_img read more