L.A. Corruption

A Southern California developer agreed to pay $1.2 Million to resolve a criminal probe into its relationship with ex-L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, who was indicted on racketeering charges. The developer admitted it made $75,000 in pollical contributions in exchange for a reduction of the affordable housing requirement for one of its real estate projects.

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Police Shooting

The Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling in favor of a Los Angeles police officer who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy. Although a member of the jury in this excessive force case was in social media groups that closely followed law enforcement activity, and didn’t disclose that fact, such an affiliation “would not have provided a basis for a challenge for cause.”

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Gym Shooting

A federal court in California denied a Los Angeles police officer’s motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death suit alleging unreasonable use of deadly force during an altercation in a gym locker room that ended with the officer shooting a man multiple times. There’s a genuine question as to whether the man posed a threat to justify such a response.

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LA County Residents Demand Feds Reject Exide Bankruptcy Plan

The operators of the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Los Angeles County have proposed a plan to abandon the site through bankruptcy and avoid cleaning it and the surrounding, predominantly Latino neighborhoods, where residents have reported lead poisoning and other health issues for decades.

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