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Poll: Does LAPD Use Force Excessively or Appropriately?

With concerns about police brutality mounting after three recent videotaped incidents, the department chief has ordered meetings to be held at all 21 city substations.

In the wake of three incidents where police officers used force to make arrests, the Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has planned community meetings at all 21 police stations in the city, the Los Angeles Times reports.

An LAPD spokesman told the Los Angeles Times the dates of the meeting have not yet been set "because it is such a hot topic right now." At the meetings, police representatives will talk about why officers use force and how concerns about excessive use of force are investigated.

Three recent incidents have raised concerns in Los Angeles about whether officers used excessive force. Vote in the poll below and tell us if you think police officers use force appropriately or excessively.

In August, police stopped a 20-year-old Venice man for skateboarding on the wrong side of the street and . A witness videotaped police officers punching Ronald Weekly as he lay on the ground. , a roving unit that patrols different areas throughout Los Angeles based on need, . Police officials met with the

A woman was pulled over and arrested in Tujunga for holding a cellphone while driving. A and two officers fist pumping following the arrest.

The Times also reporter a woman died as police officers tried to arrest her outside her home in South Los Angeles. The police car's recording equipment taped officers yelling at the woman and stomping on her genitals.

This report was compiled with information from City News Service.

John J. Nazarian September 16, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Duff, I agree with most of what you say! Perfect, Michael W. You too are right on target. I and my entire family have never ever had a problem with cops.....4 generations. Why, we do not look for their attention unless we have a need in the neighborhoods that we have lived in. Or if we have the need to go to a police or sheriff station to make a report or to have a question answered. Oh for sure, I liked cops a lot more when I too had a badge, that was then this is now....and I dont care one way or the other. For me and my family it is nice to know they are there keeping the 'criminal element' at bay. Not happy getting a ticket once every three or four years.....but I dont have a getta outta ticket badge anymore ..... so I deal with it. I agree completely with Michael West, and he pretty much states what most of my friends feel.....Not a big deal! Note: cops are a great deal more friendly today then the 50's, The wonderful 60's, and all the fun of the 70's and then it all began to change for the worst....Officer Friendly has become the norm......I would love to hear some of these comment from the what is looked upon as the ' Good O'L Days ' John
Leigh Justice September 17, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Bravo, Scott! And, like Mark, I'm sure there are good guys & gals behind some of those badges. Sadly, we don't see much of them.
Leigh Justice September 17, 2012 at 02:09 AM
So Michael...it's OK with you that those officers body slammed the petite, unarmed woman - and did so again IN HANDCUFFS, then did the fist bump!?!?!? If so, I am sure you'd like to have your wife/daughter/sister/mother call you from jail, all roughed up because she (allegedly) was on her cell then (admittedly) "mouthed off" to the cops. To me, that's blatant abuse of power. Bullies with badges.
Scott Rubel September 17, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Yes, there are lots of good people in law enforcement, but even they are beholden to the "code of silence." In general, when you see the news of the world, police exist to defend the One Per Cent against the rest of us, and they often behave as nothing more than a gang. A trained gang, but still a gang. Whoever thinks that these acts of violence against civilians (especially those already penned, handcuffed, or jailed) are self defense, or even necessary, is a sycophantic apologist clod.
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