The Kawaller Report: Talking to LAPD Cops at National Night Out

Intrepid reporter Ben Kawaller spent National Night Out this week speaking cops and some charming members of the West Hollywood community

This week marked the LAPD’s 2022 National Night Out, a longstanding annual “community-building campaign” to encourage trust and camaraderie between neighbors and Los Angeles law enforcement. Ultimately, the event on August 2 was more or less a series of block parties with the cops there, which, if you are generally not terrified of the police, can be a lovely way to spend an evening. 

Intrepid reporter Ben Kawaller spent the first part of the night in Hollywood at Helen Bernstein High School before moving on to his own stomping ground of West Hollywood to speak with police officers and members of the community on Poinsettia Drive, Ogden Drive, and Horn Avenue. 

“Night Out has always been one of my favorite events to cover, largely because there’s no power trip quite like shoving a microphone in a cop’s face and bombarding them with personal questions,” Kawaller says. “It’s also a chance to rub elbows with local politicians and get to know various neighborhood characters.”

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