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Real or fake? Tragic encounters fuel debate over realistic-looking replica guns

Real or fake? Tragic encounters fuel debate over realistic-looking replica guns

The last thing Jordan Baylon wants is a fake pink gun.

Baylon, 22, spends much of his free time dressed in camouflage fighting simulated battles against like-minded fantasy warriors. The custom-made airsoft gun he uses to fire small plastic projectiles during the fights is an imposing metal object — a near exact replica of a M4 rifle.

For Baylon and many others in the wildly popular world of airsoft fighting, the draw of their weapons lies in their authentic look.

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Body cameras for LAPD: video access, privacy among concerns

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Body cameras for L.A. police: Access to video, privacy among concerns

Body cameras for L.A. police: Access to video, privacy among concerns

San Fernando Valley residents last week raised concerns about civilian privacy and access to video that would be captured under the Los Angeles Police Department’s plan to equip its officers with body cameras.

Dozens of people, gathered in the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, questioned whether civilians would have access to the footage and how police officers could be held for their actions since they can decide whether or not to turn on the cameras.

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The Dangers of Replica Weapons

The Dangers of Replica Weapons

Replica handgun regulations have long been a topic of spirited debate across the country; however, recent events have once again brought this issue front and center in Los Angeles. In September, our lawmakers passed regulations (which went into effect in January) limiting the colors which replica weapons can be manufactured in.
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Help Keep a Convicted Cop Killer Behind Bars
Public safety should always come first and that includes the safety of the peacekeepers of Los Angeles. On Friday, February 13, 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) will consider the parole for Raylene Brooks, the driver in the drive-by shooting that killed LAPD Officer Daniel Pratt in 1988.
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Pastor Of Prominent L.A. Church Issues Apology After Controversial Sermon About Police, KKK

Pastor Of Prominent L.A. Church Issues Apology After Controversial Sermon About Police, KKK

The senior pastor of a prominent Los Angeles church has issued an apology after controversial comments during a sermon delivered weeks ago.

The apology by Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of the First AME Church may end weeks of tension over the remarks purportedly comparing law enforcement officers to the Ku Klux Klan.

Boyd last month told Sunday worshipers that things have changed since 1960 but not so much.

On Jan. 18, he had said in part:

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Two police officers 'simply assassinated' in Brooklyn

Two police officers 'simply assassinated' in Brooklyn

A man who posted anti-police rants online shot dead two New York City policemen as they sat in their patrol car Saturday, an attack that further shook a city where community-police relations have been tense following the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of cops.

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Beck mourns loss of LAPD officer; 'today the grief is different'

Beck mourns loss of LAPD officer; 'today the grief is different'

Roberto Sanchez was one of four LAPD officers to die in a traffic incident since early March, his funeral coming less than a week after a veteran detective was killed off-duty in Beverly Hills.
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Donation Account for Officer Roberto Sanchez

Fallen LAPD motorcycle cop is mourned at large downtown ceremony

Fallen LAPD motorcycle cop is mourned at large downtown ceremony

Hundreds of uniformed police officers gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to a veteran LAPD motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
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Donation account for Officer Christopher Cortijo

Thousands mourn LAPD officer Nicholas Lee

Thousands mourn LAPD officer Nicholas Lee

A Los Angeles police officer killed in a traffic crash was remembered Thursday as a mentor and loving father at a downtown service that drew thousands of mourners, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris.
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Donation account set up for Officer Lee

Remembering a 'cop's cop' in San Bernardino

Remembering a 'cop's cop' in San Bernardino

The day before his death, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay agreed to a request from his wife, Lynette: He stayed home from work.
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The Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence Girls Basketball Scholarship Fund

John Miller, the former head of the LAPD Major Crimes Division, speaks with two married police officers at the top of revenge killer Christopher Dorner's hit list. [VIDEO]