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from LA Police Protective League

January 12, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Online Fundraising Effort Started for Motorcycle Officer Critically Injured in Crash
An online fundraising effort was started Wednesday for a motorcycle officer who was critically injured in a crash while responding to a hit-and-run collision that left a pedestrian dead in Pomona. Officer Trevor Stevenson, a nine-year veteran of the Pomona police force, was northbound on Garey Avenue approaching Garfield Avenue when he collided with a Ford Explorer at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday.

LA mulls more public input on all-civilian LAPD ‘board-of-rights' panel
The Los Angeles City Council kept its options open Wednesday on a proposed May ballot measure that aims to give police officers the ability to go before an all-civilian hearing board. The council voted to ask the City Attorney to draft two versions of the proposed measure, which calls for a civilian-only board that would operate alongside the existing three-person “board of rights” made up of two command-level panelists and one civilian member.  Union officials say having a civilian-only board decide terminations would eliminate office politics and be fairer. Under the existing process, sworn panelists, who are often captains, may feel compelled to side with the police chief, their direct boss, union officials contend.
Los Angeles Daily News

Crime is back as a Los Angeles city election issue
Crime rates have ticked up in Los Angeles, dramatically so in the San Fernando Valley, removing whatever complacency may have set in during years of improving public safety. If there's any consolation about the end-of-2016 crime reports, it's that they come at just the right time to put the issue on the table in the campaigns for the March 7 elections for citywide and City Council offices. All office-holders and their election challengers must answer the question: What are you doing — what are you going to do — to fight the resurgence of crime here?
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Hopes Public Can Lead Them To Suspect Who Robbed Same Business Twice In A Week
The Los Angeles Police Department is hoping the public can lead them to the suspect who robbed the same Hollywood-area  business  twice in the same week. Police said the suspect robbed the business — located in the 5400 block of Hollywood Boulevard — the first time on Christmas day. The suspect allegedly asked an  employee  to change a $5 bill. When the employee opened the cash register the suspect reached into it and began taking money. The employee and the suspect reportedly struggled and the suspect shoved the employee out of the way.

Female victim, suspect in fatal DTLA officer-involved shooting identified

A suspect who was fatally shot by police in downtown Los Angeles and the woman he is suspected of killing were identified Thursday by authorities. Police still have yet to disclose their findings after they processed the crime scene of a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex, where the body of 32-year-old Lisa Ramirez of Pico Rivera was found on Tuesday, but she is believed to be the victim of a man who was fatally shot by police about a block away.

Distraction Robbers Hit Studio City Store And Are Caught On Tape

Police call them distraction robbers — one distracts the clerk while the other steals. CBS2's Andrea Fujii shows the compelling video of one recent robbery to show just how the scam works. Pair hits a Studio City  store  – one distracts the clerk – the other starts stealing. Fujii has compelling video on just how the scammers operate.

3 charged with helping fugitive before Fla. officer's killing
Law enforcement officers made good on promises to go after people they think aided a fugitive in the weeks before he became the focus of a manhunt in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police sergeant, arresting three people they say helped him after the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Markeith Loyd's niece, Lakensha Smith-Loyd, was arrested on an accessory charge Wednesday. Later the same day, authorities arrested an ex-girlfriend of Loyd's: Jameis Slaughter, who also faces a charge of accessory, according to online jail records.
Associated Press

Pa. cop drives surgeon, liver to emergency transplant after crash
Saving lives is a part of the job for a police officer, but how one Pennsylvania cop recently saved a life was anything but routine. A doctor and his team were transporting a liver to a patient at a different hospital when their van slid off the road and lost a tire, WPXI reported. Sgt. Darrick Keppley saw the van needed assistance and transported the team and the organ 61 miles to the hospital, according to the news station. 

Firearms and the mentally ill: How one state's alert system helps cops stay safe

As the investigation continues from last week's tragedy at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, officials have indicated that the suspect was suffering from mental illness. Several reports and stories have surfaced about the gaps in the justice system, with one question being how an individual with a mental illness purchases a firearm from a federal firearm licensee.
Police One

Baltimore, DOJ reach consent decree over policing

A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the city and the U.S. Justice Department have reached agreement on a consent decree that will require the city to reform its police department. "Negotiations are done," Anthony McCarthy said Wednesday. "The final document has gone to the principals" to be signed. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected to speak on community policing Thursday at the University of Baltimore Law School, as well as meet with community members, law enforcement and other local officials.
Associated Press

MIT freshman tries to save lives with smart guns
When Kai Kloepfer points his .40 caliber handgun, it fires like any other weapon. But when someone else gives it a try, it doesn't work. It's the first firearm with same built-in security as many smartphones.  If the gun is picked up by an authorized user, a sensor recognizes the fingerprint and it will fire. 
CBS News

Local Government News

Garcetti Holds Substantial Fundraising Lead Over Challengers In Mayoral Race
Mayor Eric Garcetti continues to hold a substantial fundraising lead over his 10 challengers in the March 7 primary election, after raising $538,527 in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to figures released Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Garcetti has raised $2,789,257.15 in total through Dec. 31, compared to $335,706.30 for challenger Mitchell Schwartz, who has raised the second-highest amount. None of the other candidates still in the race have raised more than $3,700.

Metro Creates Hotline to Stop Sexual Harassment on Trains
Metro officials announced Wednesday the creation of a 24-hour hotline to provide counseling to transit riders who have experienced unwanted sexual contact or harassment on buses or trains. The hotline -- 844-Off-Limits, or 844-633-5464 -- will be staffed by counselors from Peace Over Violence, which has been offering counseling for sex-abuse victims for more than 40 years.

Did developer-linked donations violate campaign finance laws? State watchdog agency will investigate
A state agency that enforces campaign finance laws has launched an investigation in response to a Times report on political donations connected to the developer of a Harbor Gateway apartment project. A spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission said the agency opened its probe after receiving a letter from a Times reader, who pointed to the newspaper's investigation into donors with ties to Samuel Leung, developer of the 352-unit Sea Breeze project. The reader asked the agency to look into whether donors mentioned in the story had violated campaign finance laws.
Los Angeles Times

Engineers To Assess Safety Of Laurel Canyon Boulevard Following Landslide
Engineers Thursday are expected to determine if it's safe to reopen a section of Laurel Canyon Boulevard that links the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. The problem was reported Wednesday afternoon when a 9,000-pound slab of concrete from the foundation of a  home  located in the 8100 block of West Gould Avenue, perched above Laurel Canyon, tumbled down a hillside after a round of rainfall.

Mary Star of The Sea High School Teacher Arrested For Child Porn, LAPD Says
A high school teacher in San Pedro was arrested for possessing child pornography, according to officials. The Los Angeles Police Department said Daniel O'Connell, a physics teacher at Mary Star of the Sea High School, was taken into custody on Tuesday. Investigators said they received information that O'Connell was having inappropriate contact with minors he met on a math tutoring website.

NFL  News

Chargers tell NFL commissioner, owners they expect to move to L.A. for next season
Chargers owner Dean Spanos told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several league owners on Wednesday that he intends to relocate the franchise from San Diego, the team's home since 1961, to Los Angeles. The Chargers expect to play at the StubHub Center in Carson next season before joining the Rams in a $2.66 billion stadium in Inglewood that is scheduled to open for the 2019 season.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Missing Deaf Couple From LA Rescued in Oregon National Park After Snowstorm
A missing deaf couple from Southern California accompanied by a snowshoer were found alive Wednesday, huddled in a bathroom for warmth after recent snowstorms stranded them in an Oregon national park. Stacy Valle and Jason Hoang, both 27, were found alive after their families feared they'd never see them again, family confirmed to NBC4.


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