LAPD holding community meetings on violent arrests

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has ordered his 21 stations to hold community meetings to discuss recent videotaped violent arrests that have raised questions about use of force by officers.

The Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/RvcbCp) reports dates haven’t been set, but the public will be given a chance to ask questions about the three incidents.

One of the videos shows officers tackling a Venice skateboarder who they say resisted arrest.

Another shows a handcuffed woman slammed to the ground during a Tujunga arrest. The woman was pulled over for holding a cellphone while driving.

The third involved a South Los Angeles woman who died after being placed in a police car. Police say the squad car camera shows a female officer stomping on her genitals during the struggle.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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