LAPD now emphasizes that police are community guardians, not warriors on crime

A very good sign if the LAPD and other big city police forces think of themselves as not only guardians against criminals and terrorists but as guardians against government as well.

Later On

A very good sign, I think. Kate Mather reports in the LA Times:

For years, Los Angeles police officers have worked under the shadow of the department’s dark past.

The LAPD of the 1970s and ’80s acted as a hard-charging, occupying force that raided poor neighborhoods and rounded up anyone in sight. Police stormed suspected crack houses, tearing down walls with a tank-like battering ram. Officers of that era were trained to think of themselves as soldiers in a never-ending war on crime.

But now the department is using that notorious history as a crucial lesson for its officers.

“We were warriors,” Deputy Chief Bill Scott recently told a room filled with LAPD rank-and-file officers, a group of fresh-faced rookies watching from the front.

Now, he said, officers need to think of themselves as guardians watching over communities — not warriors cracking down on them.

“That means if we’ve…

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