Sheriff Villanueva has accused the media & protesters as "fanning the flames of hatred." Yet he asked Elsa Aldeguer, who regularly flashes the White Power symbol, to speak during his virulently anti-BLM press conf. last Thurs. on the #DijonKizzee protests.
Elsa from Tujunga had accused BLM of breaking Jesus at her Open the Churches rally. She also recently posted a meme depicting Pres. Obama as a chimp and about her allegiance with the Three Percenters.
Also featured was Joe Collins, republican challenger to Maxine Waters seat. He's fun.
Joe Collins brought along Robert Foster, who claimed to be a cousin of #DijonKizzee. Kizzee's aunt, Fletcher Fair, denied that to be the case. See the video: instagram.com/tv/CE-KsrSACyt…
The point is, the press conf. was covered by several outlets via a few cherry-picked quotes and images, but they didn't ? the tone, content, or speakers. Yet the "fanning the flames of hatred" quote is leading a # of stories without any kind of qualification. Please do better.

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These kinds of posts aimed at making the case for LAPD's worth are incredibly harmful for a number of reasons...
First... they're responding to the effort by members of the city council to explore alternative models to traffic policing that don't involve armed officers and the larger convo. around #defunding police.
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L.A. City Council wants you to help them re-imagine public safety via this survey, but in some ways it reads like they're asking if they really have to go through with all this.
Aw mom do we have to
This should be a how question... and one preferably answered by people who have some expertise in the various kinds of emergencies first responders respond to.
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yes, let's talk about policing finally.
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He kind of fudges the history of the community safety partnership (CSP), which was born out of a lawsuit settlement from a case where HACLA failed to protect its tenants in housing developments from violence and intimidation. That case: caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-court-of-ap…
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