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from LA Police Protective League

December 3, 2014

Law Enforcement

Ex-LAUSD chief says he knows nothing about FBI iPad investigation
Former L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy said Tuesday that he didn't know anything about an FBI investigation into an L.A. schools contract for iPads. The contract with Apple was at the center of a $1.3-billion effort to provide computers to every student, teacher and campus administrator. On Monday, federal agents seized 20 boxes of documents from the nation's second-largest school system.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD arrest tactics at Ferguson protests draw criticism
This week's arrests of more than 350 protesters by the Los Angeles Police Department drew criticism Friday from activists who accused police of using heavy-handed tactics.Crowds of demonstrators have swarmed the streets on multiple nights following Monday's grand jury decision not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. On Friday, protesters again gathered, marching in the streets of the Westlake neighborhood and Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Seek Help Idenfitying Man Accused In Theft Of Credit Cards, $500K In Jewelry From West LA Home
Detectives sought the public's help Tuesday in providing information that would lead to the arrest of those responsible for burglarizing a home in Cheviot Hills. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspects allegedly robbed a home located in the 3000 block of Earlmar Drive by prying open the rear French doors of the house around 1:30 p.m. on May 12.

Alert system would target California drivers in hit-and-run crashes
Drivers who flee the scenes of crashes in California could see descriptions of their cars and license plates displayed on freeway signs under a proposed expansion of the Amber Alert system. For the second time in two years, state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill that would allow police to share details on hit-and-run drivers with the California Highway Patrol and display the information on freeway signs near the scenes of the crashes.
Los Angeles Times

Who Uses Police Body Cameras and What Happens When They Do?
To address the issues brought to a head with the shooting of a black teenager by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, the White House has unveiled an initiative that includes a push for more body cameras for police. The family of Michael Brown, the black teen shot by police officer Darren Wilson, also has advocated for their use. “Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera,” they said in a statement after Wilson was not indicted in Brown's death.
US News

Police Officer Shoots Man Dead in Skid Row
A police officer shot and killed a man in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The incident occurred in Skid Row outside 622 South Wall Street at around 6:55 p.m, Los Angeles Police Department said. The male suspect was taken to a hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries. The circumstances of the shooting are still unclear.

Federal investigators probing elite LAFD fireboat unit
Criminal investigators with the U.S. Coast Guard are probing an elite group of Los Angeles firefighters at the city's port to determine whether federal licensing records were falsified for crew members assigned to large fireboats, The Times has learned.
Los Angeles Times

Highly Decorated Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced to Prison for Having Underage Sex
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. John Augustus Rose II pleaded no contest in October to one count each of a lewd act on a child and possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Rescuers call off search after fatal accident in Malibu
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department search and rescue team has called off the search for possible survivors of a fatal accident earlier Tuesday on Kanan Dume Road in Malibu. A motorist died after his car collided head-on with an Edison construction truck and slid off the steep canyon road shortly before 4 p.m., Sheriff's Sgt. Fray Lupian said.
Los Angeles Times

Proposition 47 Consequences

Controversial Proposition 47 effects being felt in Long Beach, L.A. County
A controversial ballot measure voters approved in early November is beginning to reshape the criminal justice system throughout Los Angeles County. Proposition 47, which supporters presented as a way to ease inmate overcrowding and save tax dollars, reclassifies certain types of felonies as misdemeanors unless the defendant has prior convictions for violent and serious crimes. Critics, however, fear the proposition will release felons back onto the streets and place an additional burden on the criminal justice system.
Los Angeles Daily News


Undocumented Immigrants One Step Closer to Driver's Licenses
Undocumented immigrants became eligible on Monday to make appointments for California driver's license applications under a new law set to go into effect in January 2015. The law, Assembly Bill 60, requires the DMV to issue a driver's license to applicants who cannot submit proof that their presence in the United States is authorized by federal law. The applicant must meet all other qualifications for a driver's licenses in California, including written and driving tests required by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

City Government

Legalization of street vending draws emotional responses
The pink bacon-wrapped hot dog is a popular street food in Los Angeles. But at a Tuesday City Hall hearing on street vendors, the snack became a symbol of the city's cultural and economic divisions. Downtown resident David Brown doesn't like the “stink” of the hot dogs, he testified. Brown, a vegetarian, recently bought a $600,000 condominium but can't open his window because of the odor emanating from an illegal cart nearby.
Los Angeles Daily News


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