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from LA Police Protective League

December 23, 2014

Law Enforcement

Memorial pathway in Reseda to honor slain officer James Beyea
James Beyea had been a Los Angeles Police Department patrol officer for only three months in June 1988 when he was sent to a burglary call in North Hollywood. There, he confronted two teenagers, who turned out to be gang members, trying to steal goods from a stereo shop. A fight developed and one of the suspects, Robert Steele, 16, took Beyea's gun and killed him.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Rank-And-File Warned To Be Vigilant After Ambush Of NYPD Officers
In the wake of Saturday's deadly shooting of two New York police officers, the LAPD is advising its officers to be extra vigilant. Two days after the ambush of two New York Police Department officers in Brooklyn, there is an anti-law enforcement sentiment across the country and their officers need to be cautious, said Deputy Chief Michael Downing, head of the LAPD's counterterrorism bureau.

Gathering For Ezell Ford, Autopsy Results Fail To Materialize
The results of an autopsy for a 25-year-old man shot by Los Angeles police in August are expected to be unsealed by the end of the year, but plans for a rally at LAPD headquarters to spur their release on Monday failed to materialize. Tyler Izen, president the LAPD Protective League, told CBS2's Dave Lopez that none of the officers in the union have expressed uneasiness about the autopsy results being released.

LAPD to track how safely officers are driving patrol cars
Ever seen a police officer speeding through busy streets without lights and sirens? Maybe the officer wasn't wearing a seatbelt? Starting next month, the Los Angeles Police Department will track how officers drive patrol cars in an effort to reduce the number of cruiser crashes. About 50 LAPD patrol cars in the Central and Valley bureaus will transmit real-time driving data from black boxes inside the vehicles as part of a one-year pilot program.

Impact of NYPD Officer Slayings Felt Across Nation
The killings of two officers in New York are being felt across the nation. In Southern California there is concern over what some fear is an anti-police climate that has made the job even more dangerous than it already is. Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said events such as "Cops for Kids," at which police load toys and meals for hundreds of low-income families, show another side of police work.

LA Police Commission Wants Public Opinion On How Body Cameras Should Be Used
The Los Angeles Police Commission wants to know – how should police officers use a body camera? The Los Angeles Police Department is preparing guidelines for using more than 800 Taser Axon body cameras set to be rolled out early next year.

Boy saves 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped
A boy, 13, is being credited with saving his 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped, authorities say. Lancaster sheriff's deputies say the boy took swift action when a man entered their fenced yard in Lancaster on Saturday and grabbed hold of his sister. The man made it about 10 feet before dropping the girl, deputies said, thanks to her brother. "He definitely acted on his own instincts," said Deputy Miguel Ruiz, calling the boy's actions courageous and heroic.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Stabbed to Death in Windsor Square Home
An 86-year-old woman was stabbed to death inside her home in the exclusive Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles. The senior, who is a longtime resident of the area, was discovered dead in her bedroom in the 100 block of N. Beachwood Drive, near Hancock Park by her caregiver at around 7 p.m Monday, Los Angeles Police Department said.

Body Found on Venice Beach; Homicide Detectives Investigating
A man was found dead on the beach in the Venice area near Marina del Rey Monday and Sheriff's Department homicide detectives were investigating. Los Angeles County lifeguards responded to 5000 Ocean Front Walk (map) about 1:44 p.m. after a bystander called 911. When they got there, they found an 6-to-8-foot inflatable vessel beached and an unresponsive adult male, according to tweets from the county Fire Department's Lifeguard Division.

Driver Killed in Car-to-Car Shooting in East Compton; 2 Sought
Homicide detectives were investigating the circumstances of a car-to-car shooting in East Compton that left a man dead early Tuesday. Two vehicles were stopped at the intersection of South White Avenue and East Rose Street (map) around 1:15 a.m. when one of two occupants exited a car and opened fire on the other, according to Lt. Mitry of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Compton Station.

South Pasadena hit-and-run driver sought after baby's skull fractured, dog killed
A hit-and-run at a busy intersection left a young woman and her baby injured and killed a beloved Boston terrier, authorities said Monday. Injured were Ali Hollon, 30, of South Pasadena, and her 4-month-old daughter, who was not identified. The two were on a walk with Hollon's husband Bryan and the couple's dog, Babell. They were just blocks from home when the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.
Los Angeles Daily News

City Government

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey hands out gift cards to crime victims
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey joined crime victims at a downtown Target store today to hand out gift cards and help brighten their holidays. “The holidays can be a difficult time for victims of crime,” Lacey said. “This annual tradition allows us to bring hope and joy to these deserving families.” Target donated gift cards for more than 30 children and adults victimized by crime. Participating families were nominated by members of the District Attorney's staff.
Los Angeles Daily News

State Government

Leondra Kruger confirmed for seat on California Supreme Court
A state commission Monday unanimously confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown's appointment of Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court. Kruger, a Department of Justice lawyer who has argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, will be the second African American woman to serve on California's high court.
Los Angeles Times


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