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from LA Police Protective League

October 14, 2014

Law Enforcement

Police look for missing 35-year-old woman last seen in Chatsworth
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for help in locating a 35-year-old woman who was last seen in Chatsworth on Sunday. Abha Mediratta Thakker was last seen about 2 p.m. in the 22000 block of Sagebrook Road. She is described as an Indian woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs about 130 pounds, officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Shovel and stab wounds on pit bull mix likely made in self-defense, LAPD says
Police said a scuffle between a man and a pit bull mix in South Los Angeles that left the animal seriously injured on Saturday appears to be a case of self-defense. "Our animal cruelty experts believe that the investigation is revealing this is a case of self-defense by a person faced with a dog who was at large and in attack mode," LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said in a statement Monday.
Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial Busting LAPD's 'ghost car' falsifications
An Inspector General's report released Friday confirmed what many Los Angeles Police Department insiders have been complaining about for months: Officers have routinely falsified records to make it appear that they were patrolling the streets, when in fact they were doing paperwork, working desk jobs or handling other duties at stations.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD bomb squad on scene for 'suspicious device' in vehicle at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Sherman Oaks
The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad investigated a suspicious device in a vehicle at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 5005 Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, police said. Nearby businesses were evacuated. The device was reported about 2 p.m., said Sgt. A. Kreitzman of the LAPD's Van Nuys Division.
Los Angeles Daily News

South Los Angeles shooting suspect believed barricaded in home, 2 suspects arrested
Two people were arrested for allegedly shooting someone near downtown Los Angeles on Monday, and police surrounded a South Los Angeles-area residence where a third suspect was believed barricaded. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 a.m. near the southern end of downtown Los Angeles, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison.
City News Service

FBI director: iPhones shields pedophiles from cops
Apple recently took measures to enhance user privacy. Now, only users have the key to unlock text messages, photos and emails on their device. As such, iOS 8 will shield your data from anyone -- including police. Here's how it works: You send a text message that's encrypted on your device. It passes through Apple servers as jumbled code nobody can crack. And it can only get decrypted by your friend's iPhone passcode.
CNN Money

Proposition 47

Call to action: Help defeat Prop 47
Law enforcement officers in California need your help to defeat Prop 47. If the voters approve the measure, penalties for serious crimes will be reduced and public will be at risk. Read the editorial from the Sacramento Bee to see the urgency and check out this website - Californians against Prop 47 . Do whatever you can to help defeat the measure - write an op-ed piece, send money, write a letter, send an email, make a call. Every little bit will help. And remember, what happens in California rapidly moves east.
American Police Beat

Top cops divided on Prop 47
California voters have the fate of thousands of prison inmates and future defendants in their hands. With enough "yes" ballots cast on Proposition 47 next month a number of what are now felonies could be turned into misdemeanors. Backers say the measure emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration. Critics like Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano warn, the measure is filled with legal cracks through which dangerous felons could fall.


Gun law hopes to stop killers in advance
Gun-control efforts often center on hardware, such as limiting or banning the ownership of particular firearms and ammunition. But in California this year, the most significant new gun-related law is less about the guns and more about identifying people who might be too dangerous to own them. AB 1014 creates a Gun Violence Restraining Order that allows people who suspect a family member is mentally unstable or dangerous to get a court order forbidding that person from owning weaponry and ammo.
U-T San Diego


Metro bus driver quarantined after passenger yells 'I have Ebola!'
A Metro driver has been quarantined and the bus he was operated taken out of service after a masked passenger began yelling, "Don't mess with me, I have Ebola!" Metro officials said they are working with Los Angeles County sheriff's transit authorities to review surveillance footage taken from inside the bus to determine the identity of the masked passenger, who was accompanied by a woman, Metro spokesman Marc Littman said.
Los Angeles Times

Ebola preparedness exercise to be held at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Staff at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center plan to hold a "big exercise" Friday on diagnosing and treating patients with Ebola virus symptoms, according to UCLA's medical director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention. "The big, mock-up walk-through" will be observed by Los Angeles County health department officials, said Dr. Zachary Rubin.
City News Service

Homeland Security

Feds warn of ISIS-inspired threat against police, reporters in US
Federal officials have warned that ISIS-inspired terrorists may be weighing "lone wolf" attacks against police, government officials and "media figures" inside the U.S. According to a Joint Intelligence bulletin from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security sent to U.S. law enforcement officials, an ISIS spokesman recorded an audio message that urged lone offenders in Western countries to attack "soldiers, patrons, and troops ... their police, security and intelligence members."
NBC News


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