Originally Posted by KC native
LAPD has one of the most antagonistic relationships with the population they serve compared to other police departments. LAPD also has a long history of stomping minorities (you can start with the Zoot Suit Riots for example).
Edit: That being said, most cops are out there just for a paycheck. Unfortunately, they generally don't speak up against the ones who are overly aggressive and are cops so they can bully, maim, and have power.
I wouldnt really argue too hard with any of that, i've also read about the zoot suit riots... but i think what gets missed sometimes is the unreal stress that the average beat cop is under in a huge, and lets be honest, VERY violent place like LA.
My mother worked for law enforcement for 23 years, i had the chance to meet many, many cops of various prominence and rank, most of them in springfield illinois, a town no bigger than 200k, and even in a town that size the stories i've heard would raise the hair on your neck, i cant even imagine all of the danger and horrible things seen by a cop patrolling some bad 'hood in a place like LA.
What i know for sure, is that when some of those guys have seen enough they get jaded and hardened, which results in the weaker, bad seed types doing the kinds of things we all hate to hear about... but you cant dismiss all of the good ones who are out there risking their lives to help keep your neighborhood safe.