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January 11, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Video: LAPD Officer Helps Stranded Mother in Wilmington
An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department answered the call to help a mother stranded in Wilmington on Monday.  Fred Chaparli said the officer came to save the day along Harry Bridges Street after the mother got a flat tire. Chaparli shared video of the good deed with ABC7 using #abc7eyewitness on social media.  The woman, who had two young children in the car, showered the officer with praise for being "amazing."

LAPD Officer Goes Above And Beyond To Help Homeless Man
To say that Bill Davy was down on his luck is an understatement. He lost his mom, an apartment they shared and was about to lose his  car , out of which he had been living for more than a year in Canoga Park. His  car  registration tag had expired by more than three years. When Davy learned late last month that the parking lot where he was camping out was kicking him out, he panicked and was afraid to drive it. When  Office  Duke Dao, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, learned what Davy was up against, he offered to help instead of impounding Davy's car. Besides connecting Davy with transitional housing for the homeless, Officer Dao and the LAPD set up an account to raise money to get Davy's car registered again. 

Rep. Clay Rehangs Painting Showing Cops As Pigs In Capitol Building
The Los Angeles Police Protective League and four other police unions are once again calling for the removal of a controversial painting that has twice been removed and re-installed on a wall in the U.S. Capitol Building. “By re-hanging this painting in our nation's capitol, Rep. Clay is not only agreeing with it, but he's celebrating it,” the LAPPL said in a statement co-signed by the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York and the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Police Officers Associations. “Clay agrees with this painting's depiction of police officers as pigs looking to gun down innocent people and he shouldn't cowardly hide behind the first amendment to justify re-hanging the picture.” , The Daily Caller

California's Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is latest lawmaker to pull down painting in Capitol depicting police as pigs
Hours after members of the Congressional Black Caucus rehung the controversial painting depicting police officers as pigs that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) pulled down Friday, it's been pulled down twice more by Republican House members. The painting depicts a clash between police and protesters on a street. In it, gun-wielding officers have heads that resemble boars, while one protester appears to be a panther or wolf, and people on the street hold signs that read “History,” “Justice Now” and “Racism Kills.” It was the local winner of a national high school art competition and came from the district of Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.).
Los Angeles Times

Man Found Fatally Shot In Pico Rivera
Detectives are going door to door in Pico Rivera after a man was found shot to death early Wednesday morning. The shooting was reported at 12:47 a.m. in the 4200 block of Acacia Avenue, where a man in his early 20s was found suffering from a gunshot wound outside of his  car . He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Classes canceled after anonymous threat at Loyola High School
An anonymous social media post threatening Loyola High School in Harvard Heights prompted campus officials to cancel classes Wednesday. The school was notified of the post Tuesday night. School officials said they canceled classes and on-campus activities as a precautionary measure “in collaboration with the FBI and the LAPD.”
Los Angeles Times

Man Killed By Officers In Downtown LA; Woman's Body Later Found In Suspect's Loft
A man reportedly brandishing a knife was shot and killed late Tuesday afternoon by  officers  in downtown Los Angeles, just before a woman's body was found in his nearby loft apartment, authorities said. A Los Angeles police source told KCAL9 that sometime before 4:50 p.m., Los Angeles police responded to a report of a man with a knife who had confronted city Department of Transportation  officers  in the area of 11th and Hope streets. Sometime after responding, LAPD officers shot the suspect. He was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the source said.

LAPD deepens training, psychological support for officers after shootings
The Los Angeles Police Department will now require officers who fire their guns on the job to complete training before they return to the field and meet with department psychologists more often. The changes, approved by the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, represent a subtle but significant shift in how the LAPD treats officers after shootings. The civilian board directed top brass last fall to take a fresh look at the training, psychological help and other support officers receive after shootings. The request was inspired in part by a report prepared for the commission that showed officers at other police agencies often spent more time away from work, in training and with a mental health professional after firing their weapons. 
Los Angeles Times

Man indicted after heroin wrapped in Christmas-themed paper is found in luggage at LAX
A Los Angeles man was indicted on suspicion of trying to smuggle heroin wrapped in Christmas-themed paper onto a flight departing Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities said. A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted James Mitchell, 25, on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on a Frontier Airlines flight to Cincinnati, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Assembly panel recommends Becerra for state attorney general after he promises to protect California against 'federal intrusion'
An Assembly panel on Tuesday recommended the confirmation of Los Angeles Rep. Xavier Becerra as state attorney general after the nominee pledged to aggressively defend state policies on immigration, civil rights and the environment against potential attacks by President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration. Some 50 people testified, with support coming from groups such as the Sierra Club, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Equality California and several labor unions. Only two people objected to the nomination, including an American Independent Party member who questioned whether Becerra had enough years serving as an attorney to be qualified.
Los Angeles Times

Family of Woman Allegedly Killed by Undocumented Immigrant Can't Sue San Francisco, Court Rules
The family of a woman allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant who'd recently been released from jail can't sue San Francisco over its sanctuary policy, according to a recent court ruling. Kate Steinle's shooting death in 2015 sparked national debate over so-called sanctuary cities and became a rallying cry for Donald Trump on the campaign trail.

Court tosses California law that kept grand juries from probing fatal police shootings
Acting on a challenge from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, an appeals court on Tuesday tossed out a 2015 state law that prohibited counties from using grand juries to investigate when police officers fatally shoot suspects or use other types of force that result in their deaths. The decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeal, based in Sacramento, found that “the Legislature does not have the power to enact a statute that limits the constitutional power of a criminal grand jury to indict any adult accused of a criminal offense.”
Sacramento Bee

Federal Prosecutors Plan to Retry Former Sheriff Lee Baca on Corruption Charges
Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they plan to retry former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on corruption charges stemming from his alleged involvement in an effort to thwart a federal probe of misconduct by sheriff's deputies in the jail system. On Dec. 22, a six-man, six-woman jury deadlocked on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice against the 74-year-old former lawman. Jurors said the panel was split 11-1 in favor of acquittal.
City News Service

Is Best Buy's Geek Squad Too Chummy With FBI?
Beware if you plan on taking your computer to Best Buy's Geek Squad for repair. The content on your computer may not be safe, an attorney for a local doctor warned. A lawyer for Mark Rettenmaier accused of possessing child pornography claimed that the FBI had paid a Best Buy employee for turning over illegal content found on the Newport Beach doctor's computer.

Law Requiring Therapists to Report Patients Who View Child Porn Upheld by Appeals Court
A California appeals court has affirmed a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring therapists to report patients who admit to viewing child pornography to the police, capping a two-year legal battle over patient privacy rights.Two therapists and a substance abuse counselor who treat sexual addiction sued the state in 2015, arguing that changes to the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act violate a patient's constitutionally protected right to privacy and deter them from getting help.

The ‘Ferguson effect' is having a real impact on policing 

The so-called “Ferguson effect” — officers backing off of policing out of fear that their actions will be questioned after the fact — has been talked about but never really quantified. A new study suggests the effect is a reality, with three-quarters of officers surveyed saying they are hesitant to use force, even when appropriate, and are less willing to stop and question suspicious people.
Associated Press

Why Mentally Ill People are Allowed to Buy Guns — or Keep The Ones They Have
November 7, 2016, Esteban Santiago walked into the FBI field office in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, holding his newborn child. The 26-year-old Army National Guard veteran told the agents who greeted him that his mind was being controlled by the CIA. Special Agent in Charge Marlin Ritzman said Santiago was “agitated, incoherent and [making] disjointed statements.” Ritzman added that Santiago said that “he did not wish to harm anyone,” but his behavior prompted agents to contact local police.
The Trace

Local Government News

L.A. politicians propose banning campaign contributions from developers
Los Angeles politicians called Tuesday for a ban on political contributions from real estate developers while they are seeking city approval for their projects, in an attempt to counter the perception that money drives planning decisions at City Hall. The proposal signed by City Council members David Ryu, Joe Buscaino, Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin would direct the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission to draft a new law that would prohibit donations from development companies and their principals during and shortly after city reviews of their building projects.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Controller Says City Should Scrap Plan to Reduce Ticket Fines, Modernize Parking System Instead
Last summer the head of L.A.'s Department of Transportation introduced a plan to reduce parking ticket fines, but on Tuesday the controller urged City Council to instead invest in an overhaul of parking infrastructure. More than 2.4 million tickets are given out each year in Los Angeles; nearly half the time it's either for a street cleaning violation or an expired meter. Last year, that helped the city generate nearly $148 million in ticket revenues — three-fourths of which went to overhead, salaries and administrative costs, according to Controller Ron Galperin.

George Lucas' $1-billion museum is coming to LA
The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. And San Francisco was left on the dark side.  "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and his team were on the side of the City of Angels over the City by the Bay on Tuesday, choosing LA as the home of a museum that will showcase his life's work and huge film history collection. After what organizers called "extensive due diligence and deliberation," they announced that the museum will be built in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, where it will sit alongside other more traditional museums including the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. 
FOX 11

State Government News

Brown, Legislature differ sharply on California budget
Gov. Jerry Brown sees a budget deficit and an urgent need for spending cuts. Legislative leaders see a surplus with room to comfortably increase expenditures. Always at odds when it comes to the budget, the Democratic governor and the Democratic Legislature are particularly far apart this year as they embark on six months of spending negotiations amid uncertainty about federal funding under the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Associated Press

Transportation  News

How a future project could connect Metrolink to LAX
One day, in about five years, riders of the Metro Green Line will go from Norwalk to LAX. Folks riding the under-construction Crenshaw light-rail line also can connect to the airport. The lines will meet at the $7.3 million Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station where an airport people-mover will take them to the terminals. But the Southern California Association of Governments says there's still a big piece of the rails-to-airport puzzle missing. 
Los Angeles Daily News

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