Infiltrating the Public

Los Angeles police officers are caught undercover

As celebrated in TV programs such as Dragnet and Adam 12, the Los Angeles police department has long been the very model of a modern constabulary: efficient, dedicated and incorruptible. But that image is being dealt a severe blow by allegations that from 1970 to 1981 the department ran a domestic spy operation, infiltrating more than 200 political, religious, labor and civic organizations and amassing information on thousands of Angelenos. Most of the snooping was illegal and politically motivated, charges the American Civil Liberties Union, whose...

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