2015: LAPD Removed Antennas from Police Cruisers in Inner City to Disable Recording Devices

The Los Angeles Police Department is coming under fire after it was revealed that police officers have been routinely tampering with video and voice recording equipment. The department is often at the center of controversy and police brutality protests, making the disabling of dozens of patrol cars’ monitoring systems even more problematic. Records and interviews show that the the LAPD regularly disabled such monitoring devices, particular upon entering the inner city. According to the LA Times, the inspection into the LAPD revealed that, “about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed.” The Southeast division includes Watts and the Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects. That means that the LAPD was targeting specific areas for illegal police activity and they […] Read More

2013: In Los Angeles, 50 Workers Arrested in Biggest Civil Disobedience against Walmart — Ever!

Hundreds protested against Walmart’s “poverty wages” outside L.A’s Chinatown Walmart. On Thursday night, Los Angeles police arrested 54 people in a massive civil disobedience involving more than 200 Walmart workers outside the newly opened Chinatown Walmart store, Fox News reported. The group of workers, suppo rters and clergy halted traffic by sitting in a circle and refusing to move despite threats from law enforcement. The police then responded with force, deploying hundreds of officers with riot gear and a helicopter to break up the peaceful protest. Organizers are calling the action — which was a protest against the retail giant’s “poverty wages” — the largest single act of civil disobedience in Walmart’s 50 year history. Since its opening in September, the Chinatown store has been subject to criticism and protests by labor groups demanding better employment practices. Leading up to the demonstration, workers in southern California went on strike on Wednseday and Thursday calling […] Read More