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Headlines: LAPD Accidentally Shared Photos of Undercover Officers With Police Watchdog Group

10:59 AM PDT on March 21, 2023

    An LAPD officer meticulously searches a vehicle during a traffic stop in Hollywood last year.

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    —DTLA: The LAPD inadvertently released photos of officers working undercover assignments to Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a police watchdog group that maintains a website with the names and photos of every LAPD officer. The group obtained the information through a public records request. “I apologize to each member of this department impacted, and your families, for not having provided you with advance notice of this release," LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in an email to department staff. "While I recognize that apology may be of little significance to you, each of you should be able to depend on me and this department to demonstrate the appropriate sensitivity in these types of situations." Hamid Khan, an organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition said it's "deeply ironic" that the LAPD opposes such disclosures considering the department's history of surveilling the public. “We’re not publishing their home addresses, we’re not publishing things that are outside their role as police officers,” he told The Times. [LAT]

    —Carson: "Free tamales for education," on Tuesday morning Masita Fina parked their Revolution Carts designed, EZRA ONE painted, fully-legal tamal cart outside of Carson High, and passed out free tamales. A small group gathered outside of the school in support of LAUSD employees and teachers on the first day of a three day strike. On Tuesday morning, some of LAUSD's lowest paid workers and tens of thousands of teachers forced all schools to shutdown, after last minute negotiations fell through over the weekend. [Masita Fina/IG]

    —DTLA: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion today to rename Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles in honor of Southland Latina political pioneer Gloria Molina. Supervisor Hilda Solis, who succeeded Molina in the county's First District seat, introduced the motion to dub the park 'Gloria Molina Grand Park.' Solis said she proposed renaming Grand Park because it stands as one of Molina's "treasured legacies, a park for all, she fought so hard for this creative safe space." Molina announced last week she is battling terminal cancer. [City News Services]

    —Southern California: Heavy rains and floods, along with strong winds and low snow levels, are expected to hammer the Southland starting today -- the latest in a series of storms to buffet the region in recent weeks. ... The National Weather Service on Monday issued an array of cautions -- including a flood watch for most of the Los Angeles area through Wednesday afternoon; a wind advisory for most of the region from 7 a-m to 11 p-m Tuesday; and a more severe high wind warning for Orange County coastal and inland areas from 6 AM to 10 PM Tuesday. [City News Services]

    —Bell Gardens: Two adult suspects with stolen firearms, body armor, high capacity magazines and ammunition on them, were arrested after one of the suspects appeared in a video on social media showing him holding a handgun and images of Bell Gardens High School. "Uh-oh, do not come to escuela mañana," the video's caption read. [Bell Gardens News/Twitter]

    Monterey Hills: The regions only indigenous charter school purchased a 12-acre plot of land in Monterey Park and returned it to the area's original inhabitants, the Gabrielino Shoshone Tribal Nation of Southern California. The land was purchased over the summer with grants and non-profit support by the Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America. The group said it plans to preserve the area's natural state as much as possible. [LAT]

    Montclair: A man who was beaten and tasered by Montclair police died, the victim's family says. [ABC 7]

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