Garcetti, Beck to Meet With President Obama in Washington for Discussion on Race, Policing

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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a press conference on Feb. 4, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles’ police chief and mayor will meet with President Obama on Wednesday for a White House discussion on race, policing and ways to heal the tensions that have flared following last week’s two high-profile police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and a sniper attack on officers in Dallas.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti flew to Washington overnight to join other law enforcement officers, civil rights activists, elected officials and others for the meeting.

The president wants to “talk about some of these questions that our country is wrestling with,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. “Those questions have bubbled to the surface in the last week or so. But these are questions that our country has been grappling with for generations.”

The trip by Beck and Garcetti came soon after hundreds of people demonstrated Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles against killings by police as the city’s Police Commission decided that an LAPD officer did not violate the department’s deadly force policy last year when he fatally shot an African American woman, Redel Jones, in a South L.A. alleyway.

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