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With Los Angeles city and police union officials headed back to the negotiating table, the two sides spent Tuesday taking public jabs at each other over the failure so far to reach a contract agreement.

Scores of rank-and-file cops and their leaders from the Police Protective League packed a morning meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission, the civilian board that oversees the LAPD.

Although the commission has no formal voice in the contract talks, union officials used the meeting to make their case. In comments to the commissioners, Tyler Izen, the league's president, tried to explain the outcome of a vote last week in which officers rejected a proposed one-year deal that city and union officials had negotiated.

"What we found was a body of officers that did not feel supported or respected by either the department or the city," Izen said.

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