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Police Protective League

the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 17, 2014

Law Enforcement

LAPPL responds to review of LAPD discipline system
In response to a review of the Los Angeles Police Department discipline system, Tyler Izen, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League issued the following statement: "Focus group sessions held with more than 500 LAPD employees and 18 months of review found what the LAPPL has been saying for some time, the LAPD internal discipline system is broken. The LAPD's own analysis had confirmed that officers believe that personnel investigations are unfair, punishments in the LAPD are often subjective and the Department overlooks misconduct by high-ranking officials."
LAPPL News Release

Pacoima man arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after fatal, four-car Reseda collision
A 24-year-old Pacoima man was booked for vehicular manslaughter in connection with a four-car collision in Reseda that killed an 89-year-old Palmdale woman and injured two others early Sunday, police said. Lorenzo Gonzalez, 24, who police contend was driving under the influence, was arrested at the scene of the collision that occurred at about 12:20 a.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, said Sgt. Kurt Smith of LAPD's Valley Traffic Division.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD 'most wanted' fugitive found through Facebook
For 11 years, Eduardo Rodriguez was one of Los Angeles' most wanted fugitives, an alleged Toonerville street gang member accused of killing four people. His trail led from the streets of Atwater Village to Mexico, where police believed he fled years ago. Then last year, the LAPD agreed to let Glendale police take a new look at the case.
Los Angeles Times

7-week-old baby critically injured in North Hollywood leads to police probe
Los Angeles police are investigating whether a 7-week-old baby who sustained critical injuries in North Hollywood was abused, authorities said. Police were notified at about 3 p.m. Saturday of the baby girl's injuries, which are believed to have occurred in the 6000 block of Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood, said Lt. Bob Toledo of LAPD's North Hollywood Division. Family members had taken the baby to the hospital for treatment, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 arrested for robbery of undercover LAPD officer
Two men were booked on robbery charges after police say they stole a gun from an undercover officer in South Los Angeles. According to the LAPD, a female officer was undercover near 7th and Figueroa on Friday night when the two suspects tried to rob her of her purse. LAPD set up a perimeter. One of the suspects was caught near 67th and Figueroa at 9:35 p.m.

LAPD officer seeks to raise awareness after wife, fellow officer dies from rare disease
An LAPD officer is working to raise awareness about a rare disease that killed his wife, who was also an LAPD officer. Marian Adams, wife, mother, and LAPD officer, was diagnosed with dermatomyositis in June. The inflammatory disease, marked by muscle weakness and a distinctive skin rash, progressed, triggering Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), a condition in the lungs which prevents adequate oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood.

Police seek suspect accused in Hollywood stabbing
Detectives were investigating Sunday the circumstances surrounding an overnight stabbing in Hollywood. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers were sent around 1:30 a.m. to the area of Wilcox Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Once on scene, they found a man suffering from an apparent stab wound.

LAPD release image of man in Hollywood fight outside Roosevelt Hotel
Police on Friday circulated images of a suspect who seriously injured a man during a fight in Hollywood. The suspect, who investigators described as a 30- to 35-year-old man, got into a fight with the victim in an alley at Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard, outside the Roosevelt Hotel, about 2:55 a.m. on Nov. 1, said Sgt. Leanne Hoffman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station.
Westside Today

LAPD's CIA-developed computer fights crime, but not everybody's happy about it
Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say the effort has already helped reduce crime in one of the city's most notorious and historically gang-ridden neighborhoods.
Associated Press


Federal judges order California to expand prison releases
Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding. The judges, for a second time, ordered that all nonviolent second-strike offenders be eligible for parole after serving half their sentence.
Los Angeles Times

Proposition 47 Consequences

Santa Clarita kidnap suspect was previously booked for burglary; set free due to Prop 47
A man has been booked for allegedly trying to kidnap and rape a 13-year-old girl in Santa Clarita, deputies said. Guillermo Lomeli Ceniceros, 39, grabbed the girl as she sat on a bus bench near Sierra Highway and Jakes Way waiting to go to school on Wednesday. A Good Samaritan who saw Ceniceros dragging the victim away stopped her car, honked her horn, yelled at him to stop and immediately alerted law enforcement. The girl managed to run away.

City Government

City of Los Angeles wins $8.7 million from Office Depot in whistleblower suit
In a rare case of Los Angeles receiving money as a result of a legal action, the City Council on Friday accepted $8.7 million in a settlement against Office Depot triggered by a whistleblower. "At a time when the city is having financial troubles, it's nice to bring in $8.7 million to the city," City Attorney Mike Feuer said.
Los Angeles Daily News

City leaders want South L.A. to get Promise Zone federal grant status
Stung by South Los Angeles' exclusion from a program that gives communities a leg up in qualifying for millions of dollars in development grants, business, education and religious leaders from the region are banding together for a second try at winning a federal Promise Zone designation.
Los Angeles Times

Made in America makes waves for Live Nation
It was billed as Made in America, but perhaps it should have been called "Only in America." The Labor Day weekend concert staged by Live Nation at Grand Park ended up costing the city $170,000 for the extra workers needed to police and clean up the event. While Mayor Eric Garcetti and his staff say the city still feels substantial benefits from the event, it provided Live Nation critics an opportunity to use the funding issue as a reason the company should not be awarded the concession contract for the Greek Theatre.
Los Angeles Daily News


About the LAPPL Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at: