Candidates for mayor of Los Angeles are being confronted repeatedly about Los Angeles Police Department reform two weeks after an officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy who police said was driving a stolen car. The Los Angeles Times says the issue to Mayor James K. Hahn, Councilman Bernard C. Parks and state Sen. Richard Alarcon last weekend. Two weeks before the March 8 election, candidates faced emotional appeals for the city to do more to prevent another tragedy like the Feb. 6 shooting death of eighth-grader Devin Brown.
Hahn told audiences that a new policy adopted last week to restrict officers from shooting at moving vehicles will help prevent similar tragedies in the future. Parks, a former police chief, said, “People are clearly still upset. They want answers.” He said the new shooting policy was good because it provided clarity to officers, but he said the community must step up and volunteer to coach children after school and be activists to make sure youngsters are getting good educations.