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Police Protective League
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rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 18, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Texas police detective killed in standoff
A Little Elm, Texas, police detective died after being shot by a man barricaded inside a residence, the town's police chief said at a news conference Tuesday night. The suspected gunman was later found dead after the hours-long standoff. Police detective Jerry Walker, along with a group of officers, was responding to an afternoon 911 call of an armed man in a backyard, Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison said.

Slain Fla. officer's cuffs used to arrest suspect
Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton's handcuffs were used for a special purpose Tuesday night — to arrest the man accused of killing her. After a nine-day manhunt, local law enforcement captured Markeith Loyd in an abandoned house in West Orlando's Carver Shores at 7 p.m. Loyd was pulled from a Sheriff's Office vehicle shortly after and more than a half dozen law enforcement officers escorted him into Orlando Police headquarters.
Orlando Sentinel

Police Gear Up for Inauguration Day Protests
Protests are expected throughout the nation as Donald Trump takes the office of president Friday. Massive demonstrations usually bring out a few hundred extra officers with riot gear, concentrated in the protest zone. The department could be angling to avoid  criticism that it faced following Trump's election, when a few nights of raucous protests erupted downtown  and cops were assaulted. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing rank-and-file officers, complained  the department was slow to react.  That raises a point LAPPL President Craig Lally has argued before: If 200 or 300 officers, perhaps more, are needed to police protests Friday, regular patrols in the rest of the city could suffer for weeks. 
LA Weekly

Missing 26-year-old woman last seen in Reseda
A 26-year-old woman was last seen on Jan. 13, and her family is concerned she has not been located, authorities said. The woman's name is Maricela Garcia, and she was last seen in the 18200 block of Sherman Way in Reseda, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Garcia is described as a Hispanic woman 5 feet 6 inches tall with brown eyes and brown hair who weighs approximately 130 pounds, officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Search For Suspect Who Fatally Shot Gas Station Clerk In Los Feliz
Homicide detectives searched for a suspect Tuesday who fatally shot a  gas  station clerk in Los Feliz. The shooting was reported just before 5:30 a.m. at a Chevron station located in the 2100 block of Vermont Avenue, according to police. Upon their arrival, authorities located the clerk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

81-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed in Westmont Area Hit-and-Run; LAPD Announces $50,000 Reward
Detectives are asking for the public's help in finding the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of an 81-year-old pedestrian in the Westmont Area, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.  The pedestrian, who has only been identified as a man, was walking eastbound in a vehicle traffic lane around 9:50 p.m. on Friday on Century Boulevard, east of Denker Avenue, the LAPD said.

Journalists can be called to testify in San Bernardino County corruption case, judge rules
A San Bernardino County judge Tuesday ruled that prosecutors can call numerous journalists to testify in the ongoing public corruption trials of a former county supervisor and others. However, attorneys in the case reached an agreement that would allow at least two journalists to avoid taking the stand.
Los Angeles Times

Cyber sextortion suspect arrested in Massachusetts after targeting minor in LA County
A Massachusetts man is accused of duping a Los Angeles County girl into sending him nude selfies and videos, beginning when she was 9-years-old, by tricking her into believing he was Justin Bieber, a sheriff's sergeant said Monday. Detectives from the LASD Human Trafficking Bureau, SAFE Team began investigating a report of an 11-year-old female being extorted for sexually explicit images over the internet. 
FOX 11

Outraged protest over LA sheriff's surveillance
Activists called Tuesday on the Board of Supervisors to ban the sheriff's use of a drone, which the county's top law enforcement officer plans to use in search-and-rescue, bomb detection, hostage situations and other critical incidents to keep the public and deputies safe. Protesters — gathered on the steps of the county Hall of Administration to launch a Drone-Free LASD/No Drones, LA! campaign — said use of the unmanned aerial craft is a “giant step forward in the militarization of local law enforcement” and called on the supervisors to intervene.

California's bail system punishes the poor, and it's time for the government to do something about it
It's a recurring nightmare: You get busted, perhaps for drunk driving and causing an injury accident, or maybe on a bum rap. You're jailed and can't make bail. You're shoved behind bars with a scummy cellmate. You can't go to work. Bills go unpaid. And you don't have any mobility to plan your defense. “If you're a threat to public safety, stay in jail,” says state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). “If you're a flight risk, stay in jail. But if you're just poor, is that justice? Come on, man!
Los Angeles Times

Denver Starts Work On Allowing Pot In Public, A First In Us
Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the "social use" measure last November. But the ballot proposal didn't spell out many rules for how the marijuana could be consumed, beyond saying that the drug can't be smoked inside and that patrons must be over 21.
Associated Press

Chicago Still Isn't the Murder Capital of America
Murders increased significantly last year in the majority of American cities with a population over 250,000, according to preliminary data from police departments and news reports. The bump comes one year after killings rose across the country at their fastest pace in 25 years, and is likely large enough again to drive up the national homicide rate when final tallies are released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Trace

Public Safety News

4 Children Rescued From House Fire In South LA
Investigators Tuesday were trying to determine what sparked a house fire that left four  children  badly burned in South Los Angeles. The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. Monday at a 432-square-foot bungalow located at 861 West Manchester Avenue in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood. Upon arrival, firefighters located heavy flames billowing from the front of the one-story building, which was largely secured by bars.

Local Government News

Garcetti looks to raise $100K for re-election campaign in trips to Chicago, D.C.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended a fundraiser in Chicago Monday night for his re-election campaign, and is set to go to two more later this week in Washington, D.C., and New York, his campaign strategist said. The fundraisers bookend an official mayoral trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a three-day winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Los Angeles Daily News

Olympics News

LA City Council approves Olympic organizing committee's plan for 2024 Games
The Los Angeles City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Los Angeles 2024 on Tuesday that gives the council a role in the planning of the 2024 Olympic Games and the city protection against an unexpected financial deficit should Los Angeles be awarded its third Olympic Games later this year.The agreement follows more than a year of negotiations between city officials and the bid committee and comes less than three weeks before LA 2024 must submit Stage III documents to the International Olympic Committee on the games' delivery, experience and venue legacy.
Los Angeles Daily News

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