Officers didn’t use body cameras during fatal Boyle Heights shooting; Glassell Park tree crushes car; how to audition for El Sereno arts school

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  • Police revealed that the two officers who fatally shot 16-year-old José Méndez last February had failed to turn on their body cameras before the incident began, reports the L.A. Times. Also, the Méndez’ family filed federal lawsuit over the shooting, reports Boyle Heights Beat. The shooting took place after police stopped Méndez while he drove a stolen vehicle. The department said the shooting was justified.
  • What does it take to get admitted to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in El Sereno? The school, located on the Cal State L.A. campus, held workshops on how to prepare for auditions that are a key part of the admission process for the school, which admits only about 10% of applicants. KPCC
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  1. What two officers with body cameras? And, LA Police officers elected not to activate them (on?)
    And, they weren’t fired? What are the body cameras for? If officers are equipped with body cameras and elect
    not to use them, then they (LA officers) should be the only party who assumes the civil liability arising
    from civil lawsuits. Los Angeles residents can no longer afford to pay out civil lawsuit awards to plaintiffs
    for officers not doing their job in a professional manner.

    With all the millions LA is paying out cash awards, we can fire the officers who cost the city huge liability payouts and hire new officers who can do the job professionally.
    It’s time to privatize policing.

  2. Thank you to the Eastsider and Daveed Kapoor for terrific photograph!

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