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Poll: Does LAPD Use Force Excessively or Appropriately?

With concerns about police brutality mounting after three recent videotaped incidents, the department chief has ordered meetings to be held at all 21 city substations.

In the wake of three incidents where police officers used force to make arrests, the Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has planned community meetings at all 21 police stations in the city, the Los Angeles Times reports.

An LAPD spokesman told the Los Angeles Times the dates of all of the meeting have not yet been set "because it is such a hot topic right now." 

However, a post on LAPD Northeast's Facebook page on Monday announced that the area meeting would be held on ‎ Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Northeast Area Police Station (3353 San Fernando Road). 

At the meetings, police representatives will talk about why officers use force and how concerns about excessive use of force are investigated.

Three recent incidents have raised concerns in Los Angeles about whether officers used excessive force. Vote in the poll below and tell us if you think police officers use force appropriately or excessively.

In August, police stopped a 20-year-old Venice man for skateboarding on the wrong side of the street and . A witness videotaped police officers punching Ronald Weekly as he lay on the ground. , a roving unit that patrols different areas throughout Los Angeles based on need, . Police officials met with the

A woman was pulled over and arrested in Tujunga for holding a cellphone while driving. A and two officers fist pumping following the arrest.

The Times also reporter a woman died as police officers tried to arrest her outside her home in South Los Angeles. The police car's recording equipment taped officers yelling at the woman and stomping on her genitals.

This report was compiled with information from City News Service.

star76 September 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Well its hard to say. I have a brotherinlaw in lapd who does and one who doesn't. If you ask about the sherriffs. They suck. They go beyond anything. I hate the sherriffs. I should have pushed the lawsuit. I think lapd does there best, sometime there are 2 sides to every story.
Jim Mulligan September 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I think LAPD and Orange County have gone so far backward in protecting the community it's not even measurable. I would go as far as estimating 50% are now in the bully category and 80% lie on their police report to protect what actually happened. I don't trust any of them. I think their the same kind of people who hit their kids and treat their significant others horrible. Let's have a reality show where we have cameramen that drive around with LAPD. No that would be a hit, no pun intended.

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