Glendale, Calif., Police Sgt. Steve Robertson was first incapacitated by a laser beam while landing a helicopter in the mid-1990s. Since then, he says, he and his fellow police pilots in Glendale have been targeted dozens of times by people shining cheap, easy-to-buy lasers.
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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck (middle), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (left) and Police Commission President John Mack detail the city's crime figures, the lowest in four decades.
Jars full of medical marijuana are seen at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in May. As of the end of September, the dispensary was still open.
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