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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

December 9, 2014

Law Enforcement

San Bernardino Restaurant Holds Fundraiser For Wounded Officer
The people of San Bernardino came together Monday for a fundraiser to help a police officer who is recovering after being shot in August. When the Mexico Cafe opened, it filled up quickly. By lunchtime, the line was out the front door, with almost everyone there to show support for Gabe Garcia." We live in the area where Gabe had this happen to him, and it was just so horrible, we felt so bad," said Sylvia Sanchez. Garcia was wounded Aug. 22 in an officer-involved shooting. At the time, he was listed in extremely critical condition. But his parents say he's making incredible progress.

Police Investigating Alleged Murder-Suicide At Park La Brea Community
Officers received a call around 7:30 a.m. from a neighbor stating they heard gunfire and a woman screaming in the La Palazzo apartment complex in the 300 block of Hauser Boulevard, the LAPD said. “The initial radio call was about 10 shots, and when the officers were inside the apartment, they heard one to two more shots,” Capt. Howard Leslie said. “When SWAT showed up on scene, there were no more shots.”

Two Men Shot at Highland and Santa Monica
Two men, including an innocent bystander, were wounded this morning in a shooting at a Hollywood intersection, police said. The shooting at Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue was reported at 1:11 a.m., said Lt. Alex Baez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station. Two men shot one man in the arm and leg in what may have been a gang- related attack, Baez said. A stray bullet struck an innocent bystander in the arm, he said.
Hollywood Patch

Obama Administration Unveils Federal Law Enforcement Profiling Ban
The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing. The policy, which expands decade-old guidelines established under the Bush administration, also will require new training and data collection.
Los Angeles Daily News

Intense Downtown Los Angeles Blaze Could Be Arson
Business leaders and city officials expressed dismay Monday over an intense blaze that ripped through an apartment complex under construction downtown, where developers are racing to keep up with an influx of new residents, restaurants and stores.
Los Angeles Daily News

LASD May Limit Car Computer Use to Ease Distracted Driving
Concerns over distracted driving have prompted Los Angeles County sheriff's officials to propose dramatically curbing use of in-car computers. The agency's assistant sheriffs last week approved a series of far-reaching policy recommendations that, if implemented, would be the department's first explicit restrictions on such devices.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Body Cams: How They Work
Are police body cameras the solution to reducing unjustified force? Steve Handelsman reports [Video].
NBC News

Police Pursue DUI Suspect Up To 100 MPH On Southland Freeways
Police are following a suspected DUI driver who's fleeing at speeds up to 100 mph on Southland freeways. It began around 10 p.m. near the 605 and 405 freeways when California Highway Patrol reportedly tried to pull over the suspect for driving erratically. Officers have continued to follow the driver's silver Hyundai, with a Texas license plate, on the 405 through Westchester, West Los Angeles and up into the San Fernando Valley.

Police Investigate Alleged Rape at Unsanctioned Loyola Marymount University Fraternity
Loyola Marymount University public safety officials are warning students to avoid events affiliated with Sigma Alpha Epsilon following allegations of sexual assault that occurred at the unsanctioned fraternity's off-campus Westchester house. The “LMU Alert” stems from a report of a rape during the early-morning hours of Nov. 1 at a party in the 8700 block of Yorktown Avenue. Although LMU officials emailed an alert of the incident to students Nov. 5, they issued a second, more detailed bulletin Friday.
The Daily Breeze


Attorney General Holder Weighing Whether to Pursue Death Penalty in LAX Shooting Case
Federal prosecutors expect to know by early January whether they'll seek the death penalty against the 24-year-old man charged in last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Prosecutors told a judge Monday that they were still waiting to hear from the Justice Department regarding their case against Paul Anthony Ciancia. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder will ultimately decide whether to pursue the death penalty against the New Jersey native.

Arraignment Postponed For 'Django Unchained' Actress Daniele Watts
Once again, arraignment was postponed for actress Daniele Watts on allegations that she and her boyfriend had sex in a car with the door open. The “Django Unchained” actress and local chef, Brian Lucas, each face one count of misdemeanor lewd conduct. The incident made headlines because Watts posted a video on facebook claiming that the officers had racially profiled them

City Government

LA City Council Committee Rejects Ban On Genetically Modified Food
A Los Angeles City Council committee couldn't stomach a ban on genetically modified food. City News Service says the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee voted Monday to reject a proposed ban on the cultivation and sale of genetically modified crops. That means the issue won't go before the full council.

LA Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Thousands of Buildings
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history that would require owners to retrofit thousands of building most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. Garcetti's recommendations target two of the riskiest types of buildings in Los Angeles built before 1980: concrete buildings and wooden structures built atop weak first floors, such as those on top of carports and garages and supported by slender columns.


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