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How is LAPD Chief Beck handling the Westlake shooting protests?

September 15, 2010 | 10:21 am

   Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has been in the spotlight for the last two weeks after a controversial officer-involved shooting in the Westlake area that prompted street protests.

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On Tuesday, Beck called for a swift and through investigation of the shooting, the latest in his numerous public comments on the case.

Beck believes the shooting of the man, a day laborer like many others in the neighborhood, quickly became a flashpoint that brought to the surface larger issues facing the impoverished community of immigrants from Guatemala and other Central American countries west of downtown L.A., one of the most densely populated areas of the county.

"This community feels disconnected from the city," he said. "They feel like they don't have a voice. I think they feel a lot of pressure because of the anti-immigrant sentiment that runs through a very common conversation in America right now."

Rubin offers a fuller assessment in the video above. How do you think Beck is handling the incident? Share your views below.