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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 19, 2017

Law Enforcement News

More than 100 LAPD officers filed claims over mold, other health hazards at South L.A. station
Soon after Donna Wheeler became a detective at the Southeast Community Police Station, which serves Watts and surrounding areas, she started having trouble breathing. Her respiratory problems were worse at the end of a workday, she said. When she was on vacation, her symptoms improved. Her doctor diagnosed her with asthma caused by irritants in her environment.  “We can accept our jobs being dangerous on the streets, but it shouldn't be dangerous at the police station,” said Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, at a news conference outside the station Wednesday.
NBC 4 Video, ABC 7 Video, Los Angeles Times

North Dakota deputy fatally shot during shootout; suspect dead
A law enforcement officer and a suspect were fatally shot after a car chase in northern North Dakota Wednesday night, according to several media reports of the incident. The Fargo ABC affiliate TV station said about 6:30 p.m. a male suspect in a stolen pickup lead four officers on a 15-minute police chase through the Devils Lake area.
Star Tribune

Lawmakers: Put pro-police blue lines on right side of law
Two New Jersey congressmen have introduced legislation to allow towns to paint strips of blue on roadways to honor police after regulators said the tributes crossed the line of federal safety rules. Republican U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell introduced legislation Tuesday to permit the blue lines that have sprung up in towns around the state and elsewhere after more than 100 police officers were killed in the line of duty nationally last year.
Washington Post

Death of Sylmar couple investigated as possible murder-suicide
The Los Angeles County coroner's office released the names of a husband and wife who were found dead in a Sylmar home Monday night and said the deaths were being investigated as a possible murder-suicide. The two people were identified as Rubin Witterman, 84, and Mercedes Witterman, 69, said Brian Elias, chief of coroner operations. 
Los Angeles Times

LA Live Crowds To Swell With Lakers Fans And Trump Protesters, LAPD Ready
There's always something going on at LA Live that draws a crowd. But when the Lakers take on the Pacers at Staples Center Friday night – on the same day tens of thousands are expected to  protest  the inauguration of Donald Trump. You can bet there will be extra defense in Downtown LA.   “If you're planning to cause trouble, we have a gray bar motel that's available for you,” LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said.
CBS 2, Los Angeles Times

L.A. Homeless Stealing From Inglewood Businesses, Owners Say
Inglewood small business owners are suffering significant financial hardship Wednesday after several people from a Los Angeles homeless encampment began allegedly stealing goods from stores. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News.

Bloody murder in pot shop robbery in Mar Vista
A pot shop robbery in Mar Vista turned deadly in the middle of the day Wednesday when a man in the dispensary was shot and killed. A witness saw a male and a female, both wearing hoodies, enter the shop prior to the shooting, police said. It was not known if the victim worked at the shop. He was found inside, unconscious and not breathing, suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Man Wanted for Threatening People With an Ax Shot Dead by El Segundo Police After Pursuit Ends in Westchester
A man wanted for threatening people with an ax was shot dead by police after a chase ended in Westchester Wednesday afternoon, according to an El Segundo police captain. "He had the hatchet in his hand and he was waiving it, pointing it towards my neighbor," said witness Ron Parsons. "He was walking toward my neighbor and said, 'Don't ever effing follow me.'"

Former L.A. Coliseum executive at the center of corruption scandal sentenced to 3 years of probation
A former general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was formally sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation for his role at the center of a corruption scandal.  Patrick Lynch's prison-free sentence — described by some as surprisingly lenient — marks the end of his long legal saga stemming from allegations that he accepted hundreds of thousands in bribes from a stadium contractor as part of the kickback scheme.
Los Angeles Times

Rep. Xavier Becerra commits to staying with state attorney general job for foreseeable future
After answering questions on the death penalty, marijuana, guns and abortion, Rep. Xavier Becerra moved a step closer Wednesday to becoming California's next attorney general when the Senate Rules Committee voted 3-1 to recommend his confirmation. The Democratic congressman from Los Angeles is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate next week, filling a vacancy caused when Attorney Gen. Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Los Angeles Times

Police officers could face more restrictions at schools under two new bills
Two state lawmakers want to tackle how schools discipline their students and have introduced bills that would tighten rules for how police officers can operate on school sites.  Assembly Bill 163 from Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) would prohibit school officials from calling law enforcement to handle violations of school rules or low-level misconduct and require the consent of a principal and parent before interviewing students. 
Los Angeles Times

Wife of Orlando Gunman Is Charged Under Antiterrorism Laws She fired none of the shots, she was nowhere near the bloody scene, and none of the evidence made public so far hints that she shared her husband's violent jihadist ideology. Yet Noor Zahi Salman, the widow of the gunman who massacred revelers at an Orlando nightclub, stood before a federal judge on Tuesday as the only person charged in the attack.
New York Times

Senate Panel to Take Up 'Stand Your Ground' Bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee next week is expected to take up a proposal that would shift the legal burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases --- but the panel is not slated to consider a controversial measure that would expand the ability of people to carry guns in public.  The Judiciary Committee's agenda for a meeting next Tuesday includes the "stand your ground" bill (SB 128), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island.

Public Safety News

Helicopter Crashed Off San Pedro Wasn't Manufacturer's First
A pilot and a photographer lost their lives off the  coast  of San Pedro on Jan. 4 when their Robinson R22 helicopter crashed. Part of the main rotor blade was not recovered, and the point where it broke off was jagged and angular, according to a preliminary report released by the National  Transportation  Safety Board.

Local Government News

LA City Council OKs Plan To Borrow Up To $70M To Cover Civil Lawsuit Payouts
The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday authorized staff to begin the process of borrowing up to $70 million to help cover the rising cost of civil lawsuit  payouts , which have created a budget deficit. The motion, which directs city staff to look at ways to improve the city's revenues, asks for a review of existing cases so that the budget's liability account could be more adequately funded for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Olympics News

LA 2024 Releases Renderings For 3 New Olympic Venues
The Los Angeles City Council approved an agreement Wednesday with the L.A. 2024 Committee soon after releasing renderings of three venues for the Summer Olympic Games. The vote brings the dream of hosting the Olympics closer to reality. The renderings show plans for the archery, pentathlon and mountain biking venues. L.A. 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said it completes their full list of venues.

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