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‘Officer Involved’ reporters weigh in on solutions for shootings





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It’s been ten days since KPCC released the results of our ‘Officer Involved’ investigation examining police-involved shootings in Los Angeles County.

Our reporters, editors, and data journalists spent months combing through statistics and official documents in order to create a database of every officer-involved shooting in L.A. County from 2010-2014.

Since then we’ve spoken with cops, criminologists, prosecutors, victims, and countless other stakeholders in the discussion about community policing. On AirTalk, we tackled issues like the reasons why African-Americans are shot at a rate three times higher than their population in Los Angeles County, and why officer-involved shootings often prove difficult for prosecutors to bring to court.

Our investigation may be winding down, but the discussion about community policing and how law enforcement and civilians coexist continues across the country. As we continue our own dialogue on community policing in Southern California, we’re looking at issues like how police can better utilize different, non-lethal forms of force such as TASERS, or what kinds of additional training would be useful for officers to learn more about things like de-escalation techniques and detecting implicit bias?

We often hear law enforcement suggest that if people would follow orders, they wouldn’t get shot. How much of the burden is on civilians to help police do their jobs more effectively? What are the ways we can continue to improve community policing?

Few at KPCC worked longer or harder on ‘Officer Involved’ than KPCC’s Annie Gilbertson and Frank Stoltze. They’ll join Larry today to talk about how we can apply what we’ve learned.

On Monday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., the KPCC journalists on the project will share what they learned and open up a public discussion about this important issue. You can join them at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown L.A. RSVP for free at KPCC.org/forum

Guests:

Annie Gilbertson, KPCC investigative reporter

Frank Stoltze, KPCC criminal justice and public safety correspondent