No easy answers

Baca, Sanchez and English cop Fraser Sampson talk about policing in troubled times

By Justin Chapman, Pasadena Weekly, 11/3/2011

Riots in London, tensions between Pasadena police and members of the city's minority communities and the alleged beating of Los Angeles County jail inmates by sheriff's deputies will be some of the topics discussed by LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, Pasadena Police Chief Phil Sanchez and Fraser Sampson, executive and solicitor of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in England, next Thursday at the Western Justice Center.

In recent weeks, Baca has been urged to resign by a number of groups and civil rights activists over the alleged beating of jail inmates by sheriff's deputies. The ACLU of Southern California, one of the groups demanding Baca step down, recently released a report detailing alleged incidents involving deputies beating and Tasering inmates.

"The recent spate of civil unrest in England and other regions of the world have focused much attention on policing in times of socioeconomic uncertainty and turmoil," reads a statement posted on the Western Justice Center's Web site. "This evening presents an extraordinary opportunity to interact with three notable law enforcement leaders who will explore challenges as well as solutions in preventing and resolving conflict in community-police interactions."

The free event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Western Justice Center, 55 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. RSVP to Program Director Monya Kian at or call (626) 584-7494, ext. 23.