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January 6, 2017

Law Enforcement News

GOP congressman takes down colleague's sponsored 'art' depicting police as pigs
A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex. Hunter said he walked over to the artwork Friday morning with a few colleagues and unscrewed it. He then delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman whose office had allowed the piece to be displayed. The painting was done by a high school student and had won Clay's annual Congressional Art competition in May.
Fox News

Law Enforcement Calls On Paul Ryan To Remove Painting Depicting Cops As Pigs From Capitol
Law enforcement associations across the country called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove a painting that depicts police officers as pigs shooting up a black neighborhood in St. Louis from the U.S. Capitol complex.  Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League described the painting as "despicable" as she criticized the placement of the painting in the Capitol.  LAPPL Director Robert Harris stated that the "painting hanging in the Capitol right now is distasteful, and should be taken down immediately."
KABC RadioFox News Video, The Daily Caller

Helicopter wreckage found with two aboard dead
Searchers on Thursday found a helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles Harbor area near San Pedro, along with the remains of two men aboard. The helicopter was operated by J. J. Helicopters, which reported that the aircraft left Torrance Municipal Airport around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday but failed to return, said Phillip Sanfield of the Port of Los Angeles.
FOX 11

Vehicle mostly recovered in case of missing North Hollywood couple, search for man continues
Authorities continue to look for a missing North Hollywood man after the Honda Civic he and his girlfriend were traveling in has been mostly recovered from a crash site hundreds of feet below Pacific Coast Highway in San Luis Obispo County, authorities said. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department Sgt. J.D. Cronin said on Friday morning the sheriff's department “brought up most if not all” of the car Thursday night from the crash site south of Ragged Point, but deputies were continuing their search. He had no further information.
Los Angeles Daily News

The fine line for police between a ‘hate crime' and a ‘hate incident'
When he first read the letter mailed to the Islamic Center of Long Beach last November, Tarek Mohamed wasn't terribly surprised by the hateful screed inside. The note was addressed to the “Children of Satan,” called for the extermination of Muslims in the U.S. and referenced Donald Trump's election night victory. But Mohamed, the center's president, had received similar messages before, and knew he would again.
Los Angeles Times

Prosecutor: Durst Poses Threat To Witnesses In Murder Case
Multimillionaire Robert Durst is a “menace to society” and a danger to several witnesses in his murder case, prosecutors said in an effort to preserve their testimony in case they get killed. Durst has killed two people who had information in the mysterious disappearance of his first wife and was prepared to kill others who might have stopped him, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said in court papers before a hearing Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

3 Men Arrested in Connection with Operating Heroin Delivery Service: Simi Valley PD
Three men have been arrested in connection with operating a heroin delivery service out of Los Angeles County, Simi Valley Police officials said Thursday. Narcotics detectives with the department began investigating trafficking activities related to at least two heroin deaths in Simi Valley back in September and discovered a delivery service responsible for the distribution of heroin in eastern Ventura County.

California police would have to disclose the use of more surveillance devices under this proposed law
In what will likely become another battle over the balance between privacy and public safety, new legislation at the state Capitol would expand the list of electronic surveillance devices that California law enforcement agencies must disclose to the public. The bill, introduced last month by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), would require any local law enforcement agency in California that uses surveillance technology to submit a plan to local officials on how it uses the equipment and the information collected. 
Los Angeles Times

Police: 22-month-old girl shot in East Oakland
A 22-month-old girl was wounded in a drive-by shooting in East Oakland on Thursday while riding in a car with her mother, police said. The shooting happened around noon near the intersection of 66th and Outlook avenues in a quiet residential neighborhood in the hills overlooking the city, according to the Oakland Police Department. The mother was not injured in the shooting, police said.
San Francisco Chronicle

Can a Law Stop Distracted Driving? California Hopes to Find Out.
Thousands of people die in distracted driving accidents every year, and California is hoping to do something about it. This week, as a new law went into effect in the state with an aim toward cutting the number of drivers using smartphones, federal data is scheduled to be released that shows that more than 3,400 people were killed in accidents that involved at least one distracted driver in 2015.
New York Times

California Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Penalize Companies That Test Self-Driving Cars Without Permits in Response to Uber

Three weeks after ride-hailing company Uber illegally debuted self-driving cars on San Francisco's streets, a state lawmaker has introduced legislation to boost penalties on companies that defy the law. The bill from Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would fine any company that illegally operates such cars up to $25,000 per vehicle per day and prohibit the company from applying for a Department of Motor Vehicles permit to test the technology for two years.

Hate Crime, Felony Assault Charges Filed In Facebook Live Kidnapping, Torture Case
Four black people are charged with hate crimes in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that shows a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet. Cook County prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against three 18-year-olds — Jordan Hill of Carpentersville, Brittany Covington of Chicago and Tesfaye Cooper of Chicago — and 24-year-old Tanishia Covington of Chicago.

Police union: Baltimore at 'tipping point' because of too few cops on streets
The Baltimore Police Department routinely deploys too few patrol officers to be effective and has reached a "tipping point of being unable to protect the city and its citizens" as a result, according to the union that represents rank-and-file officers. The understaffing of patrol shifts has gotten so bad, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, Gene Ryan, said Wednesday, that officers patrolling neighborhoods all across Baltimore are "only able to respond to calls for service, with no time left for proactive policing of any nature."
Baltimore Sun

Fatal police shootings of unarmed black men drop more than half in 2016
Recent data released by The Washington Post, shows fatal police shootings of unarmed black men were down in 2016 compared to 2015.  Data from 2015 found that a total of 36 unarmed black men were fatally shot by police. In 2016, 16 were killed. One unarmed black woman was killed as well. Law enforcement and others have argued that the anger over police shootings of unarmed black men is excessive given the actual number of such incidents.
Police One

Local Government News

More than 1,200 homeless veterans living on Los Angeles streets still need housing
More than 1,200 veterans are living on Los Angeles streets, thwarting Mayor Eric Garcetti's repeated pledges to end the city's soaring rates of veteran homelessness, officials said Thursday. Faced with the highest number of homeless veterans of any city in the nation, Garcetti had promised to find housing for every homeless resident who served in the military, first by the end of 2015 and then by last summer.
Los Angeles Times

Challenger for Los Angeles mayor wants Garcetti to pledge not to run for higher office in 2018
If Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wins reelection in March, he'll get another chance to lead a city bounding back from the recession, but also facing urgent problems like homelessness and rising crime. Public affairs consultant Mitchell Schwartz believes the mayor should serve at least a full year if reelected rather than jump into the governor's race or another 2018 election.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Gets $1.6B Boost To Extend Purple Line Through Beverly Hills, Century City
Metro is receiving nearly $1.6 billion in grants and loans to help extend the Purple Line Extension to Beverly Hills and Century City.  The first phase of the extension is under construction and will run for 3.9 miles between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega stations. The stretch will have two other stations in between -- Wilshire/La Brea and Wilshire/Fairfax.

MRSA Outbreak at Venice Homeless Facility Raises Concerns About Encampment Storage Unit Constructed Near School
An outbreak of six cases of apparent MRSA at a Venice organization that provides showers to homeless individuals has raised concerns among parents of students attending Westminster Avenue Elementary School, located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard a block away from a recently constructed homeless storage facility at Westminster Park.

Public Safety News

Man Rescued From LA River Island
A man who was stranded on an island in the Los Angeles River in Silver Lake was rescued Thursday. The man was stranded on a "mid-stream island, best described as thicket of vegetation," noted the Los Angeles County Fire Department in a statement.

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