Poll: LAPD public approval rating up

LOS ANGELES The poll found that 8 in 10 voters strongly approve of police performance today, and the results even cut across racial and ethnic lines.

Seventy-six percent of Latinos approved of police performance, while 68 percent of blacks approve of the LAPD.

Those approval rates are almost as high as the level among white voters.

The numbers are a far cry from the 1990s, when anger over the Rodney King beating and the Rampart corruption scandal did serious damage to the LAPD's reputation.

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