Coronavirus cases among LAPD spike, raising questions about role of protests in spread

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Los Angeles Police Department officers are pictured wearing face masks on April 2, 2020. (LAPD)

Los Angeles Police Department officers are pictured wearing face masks on April 2, 2020. (LAPD)

Coronavirus infections among Los Angeles police officers spiked in recent weeks, reflecting a broader increase in cases regionally and raising fresh questions about the role of protests in the spread.

Police officials have said that officers were exposed on skirmish lines as they worked to disperse screaming crowds. Protesters say officers recklessly arrested people en masse without wearing masks, exposing not just themselves but others.

In the last week, positive cases within the LAPD workforce jumped from 170 to 206, Chief Michel Moore told the civilian Police Commission on Tuesday.

“This was a 21% increase and is about twice the rate of our historic rate of change over the history of the pandemic,” he said.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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