04/23/2008

An inside look at LAPD's Southwest Division

By Jill Leovy
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Seven hours into her shift, Los Angeles Police Officer Nazik Halburian faced a lanky man in a filthy T-shirt stretched across the counter of the Southwest Division station. "I just want my disability!" he cried.

The man had been in the lobby all day, ever since being released from jail. He'd been detained on a psychiatric hold. Now he had nowhere to go, no one to call and no money: He had lost his disability-benefits check. The tongues of his shoes flopped out. He had no socks.

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