Report: L.A. Cops Admit Using Excessive Force

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The Los Angeles Police Department has released a report detailing what happened during the May Day clash between police officers and immigration rights activists.

The report admits officers used excessive force when they attacked demonstrators and members of the press with batons. As many as 26 officers involved in the clash are under internal investigation.

Connie Rice, a civil rights attorney with the Advancement Project in Los Angeles, says the report is unusually blunt and self-critical for the LAPD. She says the report makes clear that there was a melt down in command and control, and training during the immigration protest.

The report also raises the question of how could the LAPD have had such lapses in judgment? Rice says the department should have learned from previous public marches that were handled poorly, such as the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Rice discusses the report with Alex Cohen.



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