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LAPD to videotape major incidents

By Richard Winton
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — In the wake of the MacArthur Park melee, LAPD Chief William J. Bratton had decided the best way to avoid future problems is for his department to produce its own brand of reality television.

A Los Angeles Police Department camera crew will follow officers through major incidents, recording their actions from the early roll call to the after-incident report.

"Every 15 minutes or 30 minutes, the incident commander will narrate what is occurring at the event," said Deputy Chief Mike Hillman, the new head of the department's critical-incident training bureau, who developed the idea.

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