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How a savage ballpark beating improved the LAPD's image

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Twenty detectives worked citizen leads

Beck said 20 detectives assigned to the case spent well over 6,000 hours – 1,000 in expensive overtime – working on leads given by residents. A $250,000 reward is still in place as the LAPD maintains that the case is by no means over.

The number of detective hours spent on the case, and Beck’s handling of the issue publically, has gone a long way to reassure an entire city deeply shaken by the incident.

Dodger officials also announced the hiring of William Bratton – the former LAPD chief and now a private security consultant – to analyze and increase stadium security. Many residents came forward to explain that they had had enough of a gang-dominated subset of Dodger fans who are violent.

Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks wrote that her own daughter once called her from the stands in fear.

“It’s a perception thing, safety and a quality of life issue really. Just a huge weight has lifted off,” says Melissa Travers at a coffee shop here. “I don’t know if this is their man or not, but just the way the police have handled this has reassured me,”says the retail clerk.

“This is a moment for the LAPD to really celebrate,” says Mary Powers, president of the National Coalition for Police Accountability. She notes that the LAPD’s reputation has suffered deeply over the past two decades from incidents ranging from the Rodney King beating, to the O.J. Simpson murder trial, to a scandal involving hundreds of officers accused of planting evidence.

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