I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times.
LAPD’s New Homeless Policy: Compassion
The LAPD has long struggled with how to interact with homeless people while enforcing the laws. Last year, two of its most prominent use-of-force cases involved homeless men who were fatally shot by officers. Now, the department is telling officers to practice “compassion and empathy” when dealing with the homeless. Read on to see why some homeless advocates say it will take more than a policy to improve relations.