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

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

February 9, 2017

Law Enforcement News

City Approves $1.5M Settlement In Lawsuit Over Police Shooting Of Ezell Ford
The City Council approved a $1.5 million payment Wednesday to settle a lawsuit filed by the parents of Ezell Ford over his fatal shooting by police in South Los Angeles. The settlement came just weeks after the District Attorney's Office declined to press any charges against the officers who shot Ford, whose death has been a rallying cry for angry protests against the department over police shootings of black suspects. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, denounced the settlement. “It's unfortunate that the city of Los Angeles has chosen to scuttle $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars to settle this baseless civil suit instead of contesting it in court by utilizing District Attorney Jackie Lacey's legal finding that officers acted `lawfully in self-defense and in defense of others when they shot Ezell Ford,”‘ according to the union.
Associated Press

Sperm Bank Cited After Ga. Deputy's Death
A sperm bank was cited two days after a Georgia deputy died inhaling liquid nitrogen while trying to save an employee, according to documents from the Georgia Department of Insurance. Xytex sperm bank in Augusta was issued a cease and desist order for the tanks containing the liquid Tuesday following the death of Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Meagher. According to authorities Meagher died Sunday trying to save sperm bank employee Anita Wiles after the tanks leaked. According to Channel 2 Action News, Xytex had permits to install the tanks, but the state fire marshal needed to do an inspection before they could be used.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

High-Speed Pursuit Of Mercedes In South L.A. Ends With A Multiple-Vehicle Crash 
Los Angeles police pursued a white Mercedes in South Los Angeles on Wednesday, exchanging fire with a man they believed was involved in a shooting, according to the LAPD. The pursuit began around 3 p.m. when police spotted the car on the 110 Freeway that they believed was involved in a shooting in the 77th Street area the night before, according to LAPD Deputy Chief Phillip Tingirides. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it exited the freeway and entered a parking garage south of 8th Street and west of Figueroa Street, authorities said. 

Man Shot Dead By Police During Hollywood Stabbings Was Mentally Ill, Sources Say
Long Beach man shot dead by Los Angeles police last week in a Hollywood fast-food restaurant after he stabbed three people was struggling with mental illness, law enforcement sources told The Times. The man's identity still has not been released because of issues contacting his next of kin, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said. Officials have not disclosed a motive for the Jan. 31 attack. But detectives were looking into the man's mental health, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Los Angeles Times

Man Arrested In Connection With Tire Slashing Spree In Valley Glen
A man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a tire slashing spree that left more than 20 cars damaged in Valley Glen, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Shai Igvi, 33, of Van Nuys, has placed under arrest on suspicion of felony vandalism. Igvi was caught on camera allegedly slashing the tires of multiple vehicles parked on the streets of the 5700 blocks of Woodman Avenue and Mammoth Avenues early Monday morning. 

Silver Lake Woman Warns Neighbors There's A Peeping Tom At Large
A Silver Lake  woman  was showering early one morning when she came face-to-face with a peeping Tom. She has since put up a series of fliers around the neighborhood — near Hyperion — warning  women  to be on the lookout. KCAL9's Tom Wait said the victim didn't want to appear on camera, but she felt it  important  to get the word out.

Sentencing For Ex-Wells Fargo Banker Who Defrauded Customers
A former Wells Fargo banker convicted of being the inside operative for a fraud ring that pilfered more than half a million dollars from a Los Angeles bank and its customers is expected to be sentenced to federal prison on Thursday. Michael Hester, 36, of Los Angeles was among eight defendants — including four bank employees — charged in two indictments returned by a federal grand jury last year.

Man Who Allegedly Threw Dog Into Ravine Twice Pleads Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty
A 21-year-old man who allegedly threw a pit bull into a ravine in the City Terrace area pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony  animal  cruelty charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Hanasono ordered Andres Spancky Raya to be taken into custody in lieu of $65,000 bail and revoked his probation in a previous case . Raya allegedly threw the dog -- then known as Mary Jane -- into a ravine in the 1300 block of Luella Drive last Sept. 26, then returned to the cul de sac two days later and did the same thing.
FOX 11

Former Head Of L.A. Coliseum Deserved A Year In Jail In Corruption Case, Probation Official Says

A no-jail sentence recently  handed down to the former head of the  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum  after he was accused of taking weekly kickbacks for several years was much more lenient than the punishment recommended by probation officials: a year in jail.  Lynch was accused in an indictment of pocketing nearly $400,000 from a stadium contractor over the course of more than four years, most of it funneled into a Miami bank account. He originally faced 10 felony counts  of embezzlement, conspiracy and other charges carrying more than 15 years in prison.
Los Angeles Times

Car Smashes Into Apartment, Killing Sleeping 5-Year-Old Boy: Driver's Not Guilty Plea
A man who allegedly triggered a crash that sent a car careening into a South Los Angeles apartment building, killing a sleeping 5-year-old boy, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges. Jorge Ruiz-Garcia, 28, of Los Angeles, is charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter stemming from the crash that killed Luis Sanchez.

Man Fatally Shot By CHP In Santa Monica ID'd As Suspect Wanted for Stabbing Roommate: LASD
A man who was allegedly armed with a knife when he was fatally shot by at least one California Highway Patrol officer near the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica has been identified as a suspect wanted in the attempted homicide of his roommate, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.  Gerardo Vasquez, 52, was wanted by the Simi Valley Police Department after his roommate was stabbed last Friday, Feb. 3, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. After the stabbing, Vasquez fled the scene and was considered armed and dangerous, according to sheriff's officials.

'Sweetheart Scammer' Ordered To Pay $100K To People She Swindled
A convicted fraudster who spent nearly 20 years using her good looks and charm to fund a wealthy lifestyle by living off stolen identities has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution to 10 victims, prosecutors said. Maria Hendricks, who was convicted in the fall and sentenced to state prison in a fraud case in Los Angeles County, is expected to pay $100,686 to three hotels, American Express, five individuals, and a pet clinic, officials said.

Your Hotel Room Photos Could Help Catch Sex Traffickers
A young girl poses provocatively in a dark hotel room. For a set fee, any willing customer can pay to have sex with her. For investigators attempting to track down sex traffickers and their victims, these online advertisements can contain critical clues. The smallest of details in a room could give away its location, but there are too many ads for law enforcement to scan each of them for clues.

Local Government News

With the election looming, L.A. moves to speed  up review of neighborhood development plans
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to speed up the approval of new community plans, documents that spell out where apartments, shopping centers and other new buildings should be allowed. On a 12-0 vote, the council decided to draft an ordinance that would require updates of those 35 plans every six years, a move that's expected to cost $10 million annually and bring each document up to date by 2024.
Los Angeles Times

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