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Retired LAPD cops protest media coverage of recent videos

By Beth Barrett, Staff Writer
The Daily News of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES- About a half-dozen retired police officers picketed Wednesday outside the Daily News over the newspaper's recent coverage of videos showing Los Angeles police officers punching and using pepper spray on suspects.

Carrying signs reading "Warriors Have Courage," "Support the LAPD, Not Gangs," and "Twisted Journalism," the officers said they specifically objected to a headline last Friday that read "LAPD Violence: Same Old Story?" and linked the recent incidents to the 1991 beating of motorist Rodney King by four cops.

The protest came less than a week after an 18-second video surfaced on YouTube.com showing an LAPD officer repeatedly punching a suspect in the face in an Aug. 11 scuffle in Hollywood. On Monday, a video emerged showing an officer pepper-spraying a handcuffed suspect in a patrol car in February 2005.

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