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Steve Lopez is a California native who has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards ...

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LAPD officer in '81 killing had front-row seat on Ferguson controversy

LAPD officer in '81 killing had front-row seat on Ferguson controversy

November 25, 2014

In 1981, David Klinger, a white LAPD officer, shot and killed a black suspect in South Los Angeles. Today, Klinger is a professor of criminal justice in St. Louis, where he's had a front-row seat on the raging controversy over the shooting death of a black man by a white officer in Ferguson, Mo.

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