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February 14, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Indiana Deputy Found Dead in Squad Car
A deputy died after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a crash Sunday. According to WANE, Sgt. Joseph Cox, a 19-year veteran officer, was found unconscious in his patrol car in the middle of a field and died at the scene. Cox served in the Allen County Sheriff's Department's Confinement Division, Communications/Dispatch Center, Civil, Warrants, and Patrol Divisions. He was a member of the SWAT team, Honor Guard, and was a K-9 handler, according to the report.

LAPD Mediation Program for Residents and Cops Creates Better Understanding – When They Show Up
A mediation program designed to help LAPD officers and residents understand each other better is largely successful when both sides agree to meet, according to a department report to be delivered Tuesday to the Los Angeles Police Commission. But cops and residents often choose not to engage in face-to-face mediation. The three-year pilot program, established in 2014, sought to “influence the way employees communicate and treat people, as well as give community members a better understanding of law enforcement practices,” according to the report. Mediation was “an informal process” in which officers and the people complaining about them would meet “face-to-face with impartial mediators to discuss the alleged misconduct.”

LAPD Investigating Possible Kidnapping in Sylmar
Police sought the public's help Monday in identifying a woman who may have been kidnapped in Sylmar. Witnesses reported hearing a woman screaming for help about 11 p.m. Sunday at a gas station in the area of Foothill Boulevard and Hubbard Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses said they looked to see what was happening and found the woman with her hands and legs bound inside a dark-colored SUV with dark-tinted windows and damage to its driver's side mirror, police said.

Los Angeles Driver Accused in Destructive Chase May Face 137 Years Behind Bars

Criminal charges were filed Friday against a Los Angeles man who allegedly led police on a two-part, high-speed chase that ended when his car struck several vehicles, including one that overturned. Tyree Francis, 24, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of assault on a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon and evading an officer, along with one count each of evading an officer causing injury, hit-and-run and being a felon in possession of a firearm — all felonies — and a misdemeanor count of hit-and-run.

SUV Takes Out Pole, Fire Hydrant as Pursuit Ends in Rollover Crash in Koreatown
A short pursuit came to a dramatic end Tuesday morning when an SUV being chased by police crashed and rolled over several times in Koreatown. Police initiated a stolen vehicle pursuit about 4:40 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Brent McGuyre said. Sky5 managed to get over the scene moments before the driver rear ended a car that was uninvolved in the chase and ro lled over multiple times just before 4:45 a.m. The out of control SUV also took out a pole and sheared a fire hydrant as it was overturning near the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and North Harvard Boulevard.

Detectives ID Man in Murder, Call On His Family To Help Turn Him in
The 911 call the night of the murder set into motion the investigation that eight years later would remain open. "Someone's been shot can you please hurry up?" is the scream from the caller, "someone's been shot in front of the house!" Nancy Casas was already in bed that night, May 3, 2009. She awoke to the sounds outside. "I heard the shots but I never thought it was going to be my brother," she says. Carlos Casas was 24 years old. LAPD Detectives say someone lured him outside that night, had a brief conversation with him, then fired multiple shots.

Man Wounded in Pacoima Shooting
A man was hospitalized Saturday when he was shot in the shoulder on a Pacoima street, authorities said. It happened about 9 p.m. near Garber Street and Fenton Avenue, said Sgt. L. Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Station. The man was taken to the hospital, where his vital signs were stable, Hamilton said. There was no suspect information.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public's Help Sought in Identifying Robbery Suspect Caught on Camera at Verizon Store: LAPD
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect seen on surveillance video stealing cell phones from a Verizon Store in Culver City. The robbery took place Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10:15 a.m. at the Verizon Store located in the 9000 block of Venice Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. In the surveillance video released by LAPD, the suspect is seen simulating a handgun, taking cell phones from a storage closet in the back office and walking out of the store a few moments later. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, between the ages of 25 and 30, standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds.

LA Man to Plead Guilty to Lottery Scam that Targeted Elderly Victims
A South Los Angeles man is expected to plead guilty Monday to federal fraud charges for operating a lottery scam that targeted senior citizens with promises of cash prizes and cars — as long as they paid taxes and fees. Carl Dean Bullock, 65, will enter his plea to mail and wire fraud charges before U.S. District Judge George H. Wu, who will set a sentencing date. As part of his plea deal, Bullock will pay at least $45,700 in restitution to his victims, court papers show.

Proposal would block release of police body camera footage showing victims of rape and domestic violence

A new bill in the California Legislature would prohibit the public release of police body camera footage depicting victims of rape, incest, child abuse or domestic violence. Assembly Bill 459 from Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) says the privacy of victims outweighs any public interest in body camera footage and should be protected. Under his proposal, video could be released if the victim allows it.
Los Angeles Times

In wake of confusion, ICE officials release details of arrests
Federal officials on Monday released details about an immigration sweep in Los Angeles and surrounding counties last week that resulted in the arrest of 161 people living in the country illegally. In response to the protests and panic in immigrant communities that erupted as word spread of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in Los Angeles and several other cities, federal officials in a statement reiterated their claim that the arrests were not the result of President Trump's aggressive stance on deportations.
Los Angeles Times

Man accused of threatening Fla. police had stockpile of weapons

A man is charged with making harassing phone calls to the Miami Beach Police Department and posting expletive-laced threats against officers in an online law enforcement bulletin board. The Miami Herald reports 54-year-old Ricky Weinberger was charged with threatening law enforcement and harassment during a hearing on Monday. He was booked into jail Saturday.
Associated Press

House OKs bill to expand Kentucky's hate crimes law
The Kentucky House voted Monday to expand the state's hate crimes law to classify police and other emergency responders as a protected class, drawing the scorn of Black Lives Matter activists who briefly interrupted the debate. House members sent the measure to the Senate on a 77-13 vote after a long debate. The Senate's leader predicted the proposal would be well-received in the chamber.
Associated Press

Local Government News

County voters to decide on quarter-cent sales tax for homelessness programs
When Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly approved a bond measure in November to build apartments for the chronically homeless, long-frustrated advocates hailed the victory as a watershed in their efforts to provide permanent homes for thousands of people living on the city's sidewalks and parkland.
Los Angeles Times

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