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L.A. Now Live: Chat about Kelly Thomas, 'Bait Car'

Times reporter Robert Faturechi will join City Editor Shelby Grad for a live chat on his latest story on a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective in trouble after filming a reality television show.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday. Questions can be submitted live.

Faturechi reported on undercover cops filming the reality TV show "Bait Car," which is supposed to catch car thieves in the act. Instead, the lead detective on the case ended up getting busted. In court, Det. Anthony Shapiro said under oath that he read the suspect his Miranda rights from a card in his notebook. Unedited video for the program shows that he did not read him his rights and instead said, ""You watch TV. You know your rights and all that?" Shapiro asked instead, according to the video reviewed by The Times.

Reporter Abby Sewell will also join the chat to discuss the latest developments in the Kelly Thomas case as well as how mental health professionals are viewing a disturbing video played during the preliminary hearing for two Fullerton police officers charged with murder.

The video, which shows officers in a brutal, physical altercation with Thomas, has became an instant touchstone for those who advocate for a more robust and effective mental health system. 

 
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