Protest gives LAPD image another beating

Since the '92 riots, the department has sought to improve tactics and community relations. But lessons learned failed Tuesday's test.

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES, Ca. — The May Day immigration protests Tuesday began as a textbook moment for LAPD community relations.

Top department officials had meetings with march and rally organizers weeks before to help plan the route, set the ground rules and make sure there would be no trouble.

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