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Los Angeles Police Department news and analysis from The Nation
July 14, 2021
The Violence of Latinx Erasure Starts With Undercounting Victims
The systematic deletion of Latinx people by government databases, media organizations, and Hollywood has enabled killer cops, inhumane immigration policies, and more.
March 26, 2021
The Olympic Battle for Echo Park
An LAPD crackdown on an encampment of the unhoused augurs more conflicts in the lead-up to the 2028 Olympics.
September 15, 2020
The Police Are Lying in LA and the Media Is Falling for It—Again
In the wake of the brutal shooting of two police officers, the sheriff's department is trying to fabricate a case against Black Lives Matter, and journalists are playing along.
August 20, 2020
When the LAPD Came Looking for a BLM Activist
Melina Abdullah on police brutality, Katie Porter on voting by mail, and Jody Armour on unequal justice.
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May 14, 2020
Los Angeles’s ‘Eviction Ban’ Doesn’t Protect Tenants
The city’s emergency measures will only delay a huge wave of evictions until later this year.
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January 9, 2020
High-Tech Police Weapons Do More Harm than Good
Cops with “less lethal” weapons are not a substitute for a functioning mental health system.
October 31, 2019
How Staples Center Kicked LA Gentrification Into Overdrive
It was hailed as a turning point for a depressed downtown, but its construction helped start a wildfire of displacement.
July 5, 2018
Criminalizing Homelessness Violates Basic Human Rights
Despite a UN report on poverty in the US, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti doubles down on cruel, anti-poor laws.
May 8, 2017
Los Angeles Residents Start to Organize Against the Olympic Bid
The US Olympic Committee wants the 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles. It won’t happen quietly.
June 16, 2015
25 Years Later: Lessons From the Organizers of Justice for Janitors
The campaign succeeded because it went after the people who truly had power over the workers’ livelihood—not the powerless subcontractors.