An analysis of city documents shows the city has paid about $178million since 2000 in settlements and judgments stemming from lawsuits against the LAPD. In addition, documents show that 639 suits have been filed since 2001 alleging wrongful death and civil-rights violations, including use of force, against the LAPD. However, the documents did not specify the payout for each suit, nor could officials immediately provide the amount paid for each civil-rights or use-of-force claim. The city’s fund to pay for lawsuits is $42million for the fiscal year ending June30, with a total next year of $35million, officials said. Critics said they expect additional legal claims to be made by those involved in the MacArthur Park incident. “The culture of the LAPD has cost the city an arm and a leg for decades,” said Peter Eliasberg, managing attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “I think you can safely assume there will be a number more lawsuits to come.” Civil-rights attorneys estimate total payouts could be triple the $5million paid out after scores of demonstrators were hurt during a confrontation with police during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. “These lawsuits are the worst use of taxpayer dollars,” said Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick, who is auditing the city’s risk management controls. “We must find ways to prevent these lawsuits in the first place.” Attorney Cynthia Anderson-Barker, among the lawyers involved in one of the class-action suits against the LAPD, estimated that payouts could reach $15million. “We are calling for an independent monitor, and that will also cost the city money. But it will be there to ensure this time that reforms are implemented,” said Anderson-Barker, who also represented dozens of protesters hurt during the 2000 Democratic convention. Laurie Levenson, director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Marymount Law School, said claims and suits filed by members of the media will be the most difficult to defend. “When it involves the press, the numbers are going to skyrocket because the actions of the police will seem more egregious,” she said. “It’s not like they are beating up on gang members. They are beating up on the Fourth Estate.” email@example.com (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sources have said the platoon, which is used to dealing with suspects in Los Angeles’ crime-ridden neighborhoods, hadn’t been adequately trained in crowd control before being deployed to MacArthur Park. Its members underwent additional training at the Police Academy last week. The Los Angeles Police Department, Police Commission and FBI continue their separate investigations into the confrontation, with the LAPD expected to release its after-action report – an overview of how events unfolded – late this week. Meanwhile, officials expressed growing concern at the city’s liability stemming from the melee. Already, two class-action suits have been filed alleging civil-rights violations; three demonstrators have filed claims against the LAPD; and two other suits have been filed against the city. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday that he expects taxpayers will have to pay millions of dollars in judgments and settlements – payouts he considers a “waste of money” for the cash-strapped city. “Every dollar paid out in lawsuits is money that could otherwise be spent on critical city services,” mayoral spokesman Matt Szabo said Monday. All but three of the 60 LAPD officers who were sidelined after the May1 melee returned to street duty as the investigations continued into the clash between police and demonstrators, officials said Monday. The three officers, identified only as members of the BPlatoon, have not been suspended but are not allowed on duty, officials said. “There is no disciplinary action right now; they have just been taken out of the field,” LAPD spokesman Sgt. Lee Sands said. The B Platoon, part of the department’s elite Metro Division, was taken off the streets after a televised confrontation with “agitators” and some media that capped a May Day immigration march at MacArthur Park. TV images showed officers clad in riot gear wielding their batons and firing rubber bullets into the crowd.
0Shares0000Zeljko Buvac has temporarily left his role as Liverpool assistant manager . Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 3 – Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat believes Liverpool’s assistant manager Zeljko Buvac is the man to replace Arsene Wenger as manager.Arsenal wish to appoint Wenger’s successor as soon as possible after the season closes – with Mislintat championing Buvac, his former colleague at Borussia Dortmund. Sven Mislintat is Arsenal’s head of recruitment . Photo/COURTESYMislintat believes a three-man structure incorporating himself, Buvac as head coach and Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football relations, is the best way to develop a successful long-term strategy at the Emirates.Reports in the Bosnian newspaper Pravda BL on Tuesday claimed that Buvac was poised to take over at the Emirates.Liverpool, however, are adamant that Buvac is away from the squad due to “personal reasons”, and they are confident he will return to his role at Anfield in the summer.Arsene Wenger has to win the Europa League if he wants to leave Arsenal in the Champions LeagueBuvac, the man Klopp calls ‘The Brain’, has worked with the Liverpool boss since they first came together in Mainz 17 years ago, and Klopp once called him “the best signing he’s ever made”.There has so far been no comment from Arsenal, who say they will conduct their search for a new manager in private.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
On-loan goalkeeper Joe Lewis is handed his Fulham debut for the League Cup third-round tie against Stoke City at Craven Cottage.As expected, Whites boss Kit Symons has made changes for the game, leaving out the likes of Jamie O’Hara and Tom Cairney. Summer signing Sakari Mattila makes his full debut, while Cauley Woodrow comes in for Moussa Dembele.Stoke, meanwhile, are without Mame Biram Diouf, who has a hamstring problem.Bojan, who returned to action at the weekend following a knee injury, is also absent.Ex-Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell starts against his former club.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Christensen, Mattila, Kacaniklic, Pringle, McCormack, Woodrow.Subs: Lonergan, Kavanagh, Evans, Hyndman, Bodurov, Tunnicliffe, Dembele.Stoke: Given; Bardsley, Wilson, Wollscheid, Pieters; Sidwell, Cameron; Odemwingie, Ireland, Afellay; Crouch.Subs: Haugaard; Muniesa, Johnson, Arnautovic, Joselu, Van Ginkel, Shaqiri.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
US airlines are moving to address horror security lines at some of America’s busiest airports with new automated screening lanes.As traffic ramps up this week during this week’s Thanksgiving holiday period , both United and American worked with the Transport Security Administration and local authorities to install new screening lanes at Chicago’s busy O’Hare International Airport designed to cut screening time by 30 per cent.The move comes after wait times at TSA checkpoints at the airport, a major US hub, earlier this year hit what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described as “an unacceptable” 104 minutes.Industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A has estimated that 27.3 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving travel period, up 2.5 percent. That translates to an additional 55,000 passengers per day and airlines have added 74,000 seats daily to compensate.The automated lanes at O’Hare are part of a wider push to tackle the lengthy security screening queues plaguing big US airports.In addition to three automated screening points opened in O’Hare’s Terminal 1 in time for Thanksgiving, United has launched the technology in Los Angeles and was expecting to get Newark Liberty online before the holiday. When completed, a centralised checkpoint at Newark’s Terminal C will feature 17 automated lanes.American this month opened two automated screening lanes in O’Hare’s Terminal 3 and expects to deploy additional automated screening lanes early next yeaar at Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles , Miami and New York (JFK).“These state-of-the-art lanes enhance security effectiveness and efficiency and will improve the customer experience for our passengers in time for the busy holiday season,” American Airlines vice president Franco Tedeschi said.Innovations in the new lanes include automated belts that draw bags into the X-ray machines and return the bins back to queue after completion of the screening as well as bins that are 25 per cent bigger.Those bags deemed a potential threat can be directed to a separate area to allow bins behind it to continue through the system uninterrupted and radio frequency identification tags are attached to each bin to track items as they move through the system.American and the TSA will also next year start a pilot of computed tomography (CT) scanners similar to the technology used to screen checked bags.The 3D CT technology could make it possible to allow passengers to leave liquids, gels and aerosols, as well as laptops, in their carry-on bags at all times. This results in a quicker throughput and less bin use.“If the pilot testing is successful, the TSA may deploy CT technology to other checkpoints nationwide,’’ American said..
A month after back-to-back death of elephants in the Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP), a white tiger died on Tuesday.The tiger Subhranshu was suffering from blood protozoan disease and under intensive care and treatment of the zoo veterinarians for the last one month.“Preliminary postmortem findings reveal that it is due to haemorrhagic enteritis, hepatitis, jaundice and ascitis suspected for tick-borne protozoan disease. Samples (necropsy) were collected from the body parts for molecular confirmation and histopathological examination,” said NZP authorities.“Samples of some body parts collected from the tiger will be sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareily and Chennai for molecular confirmation of disease. Simultaneously, it will be processed at the Centre for wildlife health, OUAT Bhubaneswar,” said the NZP.Authorities said they were exploring the possibility of vaccinating canines and felines against blood protozoan diseases, using vaccines available in India or abroad.To eliminate ticks, cleaning of surroundings of carnivore enclosures up to 10 ft from the boundary wall and spray of acaricide in the surrounding would be taken up and the ongoing anti-tick measures would be intensified. Parasitologists will be consulted for exploring alternative measures for tick elimination. The number of big cats has come down to 25.
LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Onwubere bids EAC goodbye on a winning note But no matter how superstitious he is, Dela Cruz, of course, washes his clothes first.It looked like Dela Cruz’ lucked rubbed off the Chiefs as they strung four straight wins in their late Final Four run to go up to an even 9-9 slate with the pint-sized playmaker leading the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDela Cruz has stepped up to the plate for Arellano, filling the shoes left by Kent Salado in the last two games, with the lead guard out for the season due to a slight MCL tear on his right knee.Interestingly, dela Cruz is wearing jersey number 16, the same number Salado wore until he changed to 3 this year. But he argued that it’s just pure coincidence, explaining that he devoted his number to his parents’ anniversary. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSuperstitions have always been a huge part of Levi dela Cruz’ game that he continues to wear the same uniform he played well in for his next games.“Whatever I wore when I felt lucky, I won’t stop wearing it. Whatever I used when I was named the best player or whenever I play well, I would continue using it,” said dela Cruz, pointing to his gray jersey after pouring 20 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Arellano’s 81-64 win over Mapua on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View comments Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Coach Jerry Codiñera, however, says that dela Cruz isn’t so much of a Salado, but more of a Jio Jalalon, going as far as giving him a moniker of his own.“He’s like a mini version of Jalalon. The Mini Bus Driver, or the Coaster Driver,” the PBA great said, triggering smiles from the press.Turning serious, Codiñera sees big things ahead for his 22-year-old guard.“For a rookie, he’s outstanding. I think he’s our third best player and I hope he’ll continue. He has a bright future, but he has to mature, his shot selection has to keep improving, and we continue on improving. He has to shoot well, defend well, and he has to direct and lead the team,” he said.Humbled with the comparison, dela Cruz knows that he’s still far from the level of the former Arellano playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “It’s still far. I’m challenged whenever coach Jerry gives me advice, especially when I commit mistakes. I always listen to him and I try my best to achieve what we’re trying to reach, to correct my miscues so that next game, I can correct those. It’s still a learning process for me and I know that I still have a lot to learn,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
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Mumbai, Nov 26 (PTI) Punjabi actor-singer Jassi Gill, who made his Bollywood debut with “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”, says Hindi cinema believes in giving opportunities to talented artistes.”Here in Bollywood talented actors are welcomed with open arms, they are given opportunities and are respected. The success and failure of a film is not everything, it is all about talent here,” Jassi told PTI.”I get to play different kind of roles here as I do not have a set appearance,” added the actor, who does not sport a turban.Punjabi film industry, according to Jassi, is at a nascent stage and unlike Bollywood, it does not have well-established production houses.”There is talent over there. Though they are trying out new concepts but that is done with limited budget. Here, in Bollywood, there are big production houses and producers.”Also, Bollywood pays more money to actors than Punjabi cinema. The budget is not that much over there, so how will they pay more to actors,” the actor said.With artistes and filmmakers working in different film industries, Jassi believes it is a healthy sign for Indian cinema as the lines are blurring.”Cinema will only grow. With this one can reach out to more audience. And as an actor you can explore and challenge yourself and at the same time show your talent to other industry people,” he added.Jassi, who is currently working on Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Panga”, is grateful to Bollywood filmmakers for giving him opportunity to play different characters.advertisement”It is not easy to get everything at the beginning. I have confidence in my ability as an artiste. I know I will have to prove myself as an actor and I am ready for all the hard work.”In “Panga”, being directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Jassi plays the role of a supportive husband to Kangana’s character, a kabbaddi player.”Kangana and I share good bonding today. I am learning a lot working with her. I am glad to be working with Ashwiny and Kangana,” he said.According to Jassi, about 20-25 percent of shoot is over and the next schedule will be in Delhi and Kolkata. PTI KKP RBRB
BMW launched the all-new Z4 Roadster in India today at an introductory price of Rs 64.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The launch sees the German carmaker introducing BMW M Performance model for the first time in India. The BMW Z4 Roadster is now available at all company dealerships across India as a CBU (Completely Built-Up Unit) model.The BMW Z4 Roadster comes in two options — the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW Z4 M40i, the BMW M Performance model. While the company is claiming that the latter is the sportiest model combining the elegance of a roadster and athleticism of an M automobile, certain striking individual touches can also be added to the former by opting for Sport Line or M Sport package.Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom) of the BMW Z4 Roadster.– BMW Z4 sDrive20i – Rs 64.90 lakh– BMW Z4 M40i – Rs 78.90 lakhThe BMW Z4 sDrive20i gets a 2-litre, inline, 4-cylinder, petrol engine that delivers 197 hp and 320 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.6 seconds. The BMW Z4 M40i comes with a 3-litre, 6-cylinder, in-line engine that produces 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque and can make 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds. Both the engines get an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.The BMW Z4 Roadster gets features such as auto start-stop, ECO PRO mode, brake-energy regeneration, 50:50 weight distribution and lightweight construction. The driver can also choose between several driving modes like ECOPRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ to suit diverse driving conditions.advertisementThe silhouette of the BMW Z4 Roadster is defined by its long bonnet, classic soft top and the short overhangs. The soft-top opens at the push of a button and closes electrically in ten seconds. The newly designed BMW kidney grille sports a new mesh design. There are vertically aligned headlights, which are either standard LED or optional BMW adaptive LED.There are large air breathers on the front wheel arches and aerodynamic air vents. The distinctive rear spoiler stands out along with the slim LED rear lights. The rear apron combines with the diffusor and exhaust tailpipes. The BMW Z4 Roadster features an increased storage space behind the seats with a retaining net, large cupholders under the centre armrest cover and roomy door pockets.The BMW Z4 M40i roadster comes with some standard features like 19-inch M light alloy wheels, cerium grey finish in the BMW kidney grille, exterior mirror caps and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes. On the inside, it gets a leather and Alcantara interior with blue contrast stitching and blue piping.So far as safety features are concerned, the BMW Z4 Roadster gets front and side airbags for the driver and passenger, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with Brake Assist, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control), side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor.The new roadster also features a revised and modernized cockpit. There is a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster in a hexagonal frame and a high-resolution touchscreen information display. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional also features an adaptive navigation system (integrated Global Positioning System) with 3D maps, the next generation BMW iDrive with touch controller, wireless Apple Car Play and connectivity through Bluetooth and 2 USB ports.Both the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and the BMW Z4 M40i are available in Alpine White non-metallic paintwork and metallic paintworks like Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and San Francisco Red, among others.ALSO READ | Toyota Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport, Fortuner launched with more comfort features, improved interiorsALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakhALSO READ | Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakh