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Los Angeles
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 25, 2017

Law Enforcement News

City Council approves ballot measure that could put more civilians on LAPD discipline panels
The Los Angeles City Council took the final step Tuesday toward putting what has become an increasingly controversial measure on the May ballot that, if passed by voters, could give civilians a greater role in disciplining the city's police officers. “Those that are attacking this ballot measure are actually attacking additional participation by the residents of Los Angeles in how their police department is run, and that's unfortunate,” said the union's president, Craig Lally, in a statement after Tuesday's vote. The community meetings, Lally added, will allow the public “to see just how extensive and robust the current civilian oversight of the department is and how this ballot measure will expand that civilian oversight.”
Los Angeles Times

Officers Involved in Deadly Shooting Will Not Face Criminal Charges
Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file criminal charges against the officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of a man during a struggle over an officer's gun, officials said. In a partially redacted 28-page report, prosecutors said Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas shot Ezell Ford, 25, lawfully in self-defense and in defense of others.  In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, applauded Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's decision. "The evidence indicates that Ford was on top of Wampler, struggling to obtain Wampler's primary service weapon and posing an immediate threat to his safety and his partner's safety," the union said. "In fear for their lives, Villegas and Wampler each responded with deadly force.

NY sheriff's detective ambushed in patrol car; manhunt underway
An Onondaga County sheriff's detective conducting surveillance outside Springfield Garden Apartments in DeWitt was injured Monday night from glass that shattered as two males opened fire on his patrol vehicle, Onondaga County sheriff's Sgt. Jon Seeber said. The on-duty, undercover detective was sitting in his unmarked patrol vehicle in a parking lot on the north side of the apartment complex on Caton Drive at 6:28 p.m. Monday when two "unknown male suspects" approached him and began firing at his vehicle, Seeber said.
Syracuse Media Group

Police investigate man found dead in yard, home ransacked and Porsche missing
Homicide  detectives  Tuesday investigated the death of a hairdresser in a home in Woodland Hills and the disappearance of his 2008 black Porche 911 Carrera, authorities said. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division were asked just after 5 p.m. Monday to respond to the 5000 block of Queen Victoria Road for a  medical  emergency call, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.
FOX 11

Beauty Company Executive Stabbed To Death In Woodland Hills
Homicide detectives were investigating the brutal stabbing death of an internationally known hairdresser and beauty company executive in Woodland Hills.  Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a "hemorrhaging" radio call from a residence in the 5000 block of Queen Victoria Road shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday.

Abandoned Car Matching Description of Missing 28-Year-Old Woman's Found in Antelope Valley
An abandoned car found in the Antelope Valley Tuesday matches the description of one belonging to a missing 28-year-old woman who disappeared from her Hollywood Hills apartment over the weekend. Laura Lynee Stacy was last seen Sunday at her apartment building in the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Gas station clerk killed in Los Feliz is identified
A clerk who was fatally shot during a robbery at a Chevron station in the Los Feliz area was identified today. The shooting occurred about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue. MD Mizu Rahman, 34, of Los Angeles died at a hospital, the coroner's office reported. Rahman had come to the United States from Bangladesh. The suspect, described only as a man in his early 20s, fled in a light- colored vehicle, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Punches, Kicks Other Motorist's Car During Road-Rage Incident In Westlake
A driver punched and kicked another motorist's car during a road-rage incident that was captured on video in Westlake.  Branden Jew said he was driving home from work when the confrontation occurred on Alvarado Street near Valley Street. After a car behind him honked several times, Jew said he heard a loud bang. He believes a person in another vehicle opened a door and slammed it into his car.

Drone use by LA County Sheriff's Department sparks probe amid privacy concerns
Responding to concerns about the use of drones by law enforcement, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked the Inspector General's office Tuesday to gather more information on unmanned aircrafts. Supervisor Hilda Solis requested that the Inspector General's office work with the county's newly formed Civilian Oversight Commission, and share their findings. The goal is to provide the public with more transparency about the drone program, Solis said.
Los Angeles Daily News

California won't be ready to regulate marijuana businesses next year, lawmaker says
Californians legalized recreational marijuana in November, and the state is expected to begin distributing licenses to businesses by January 1, 2018. But least one state senator, who represents California's marijuana-rich northern counties, doubts the state will be able to write regulations fast enough to hit the deadline. “Being blunt, there is no way the state of California can meet all of the deadlines before we go live on January 1, 2018,” said Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg. “We are building the regulatory system for a multibillion dollar industry from scratch.”
Sacramento Bee

Trump To Move On Border Security, Immigration Enforcement
President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration Wednesday, beginning with steps to tighten border security — including his proposed  wall  along the U.S.-Mexico border — and other domestic immigration enforcement measures, according to two administration officials.
Associated Press

Suspect in Fla. officer's killing curses judge, again
A suspect charged with murder in the deaths of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer cursed at a judge during a brief first appearance for a misdemeanor charge. Markeith Loyd uttered the expletive after the judge set a bond of $500 for the charge of resisting arrest without violence during a Wednesday morning hearing.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

LAFD Firefighter Convinces Man Contemplating Suicide Not To Jump Off Overpass In Hollywood
A rookie Los Angeles firefighter helped convince a man who threatened to jump off an overpass in Hollywood to safely surrender after causing the closure of the 101 Freeway Tuesday night.  Around 5 p.m. a person was spotted on the overpass, leading to closures at the southbound 101 Freeway and Hollywood Boulevard and the northbound side at Sunset Boulevard.

Local Government News

LA Council Faces Its Last Major Hurdle Before 2024 Olympics Host City Selection
The Los Angeles City Council is set to vote Wednesday on the proposed contract it would sign if Los Angeles lands the 2024 Summer Olympics. The package of items before the council includes the final list of venues for events and a plan to use both the Memorial Coliseum and the planned NFL stadium in Inglewood for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Los Angeles affordable housing incentive program isn't doing enough, audit says
Los Angeles needs all the affordably-priced housing it can get and has been trying to convince developers to build more of it. But a new report from the city controller shows that efforts are falling short. A program allowing developers to build higher and bigger if they set aside units for lower-to-moderate income residents has generated an underwhelming number of affordable housing units, according to an audit by City Controller Ron Galperin. Auditors found 329 out of 4,463 affordable units added through density bonuses between 2008 and 2014  — or 7 percent — were in market-rate developments. The rest were in entirely affordable housing projects.
KPCC 89.3 FM

700 Emergency Pothole Repairs Ordered After Storms
After record storms wreaked havoc on Los Angeles' streets and freeways, local officials are ordering 700 emergency repairs to fix potholes across the city. John Cadiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

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