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from LA Police Protective League

February 15, 2017

Law Enforcement News

With Valley Murders on the Rise, LA Leader Pushes for LAPD Report on Gangs
With the San Fernando Valley experiencing a significant increase in homicides over the last two years, a City Council committee on Monday advanced a motion that would direct police to prepare a report on gang activity west of the 405 Freeway. The motion approved by the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee states that in “the western San Fernando Valley, street gangs have been a continuing problem, with various criminal acts being committed by gang members.” The motion, which was written by Councilman Bob Blumenfield, also says: ‘In 2015, the Valley experienced a significant increase in murders, with a majority of them being gang-related.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Police: Man in his 90s Accused of Gunning Down Wife in South LA
A man in his 90s is in custody after he allegedly used a shotgun to kill his wife, who was in her 70s, during an argument in a South Los Angeles home. The Valentine's Day shooting occurred just before 7 p.m. at the home in the area of 60th Street and Vermont Avenue, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was arrested, Lopez said. The identities of the gunman and the victim were not immediately released.
FOX 11

Racist Gangster Murderer Targets Blacks? Not Guilty Plea to Hate Crimes
A Latino gang member from Highland Park, who spent more than 15 years on the run in connection with a racially motivated murder, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges. Merced “Shadow” Cambero, 38, entered his plea to charges of conspiracy against rights, interference with federally protected activities, aiding and abetting, and use or discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson set a March 28 trial date in downtown Los Angeles.

Naked and Battered Body Found in Alley Murder Mystery
The City Council voted Tuesday to offer a $50,000 reward in hopes of solving the murder of a 59-year-old man whose naked and battered body was found in an alley in South Los Angeles last fall. The sheet-covered body of Bruce Johnson — with a block of ice placed on his head — was found near Normandie and Slauson avenues just before 7 a.m. last Sept. 14. An autopsy showed that Johnson had “broken ribs, a fractured jaw and (showed) signs of strangulation, according to the reward motion, which was introduced by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson and approved on a 10-0 vote.

Attorneys Begin Early Questioning of Witness in Robert Durst Case
A doctor called to the stand in New York real estate scion Robert Durst's Los Angeles murder case testified today that he spoke to a woman who identified herself as Durst's wife around the time she vanished in 1982, but he couldn't positively identify the woman on the phone. Dr. Albert Kuperman, 85, was called to testify early at the request of the prosecution in advance of a hearing in which a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to require Durst to stand trial for the December 2000 killing of his friend, Susan Berman, at her Benedict Canyon home.
FOX 11

Lockdown Lifted at Chatsworth Elementary School as Police Search for Burglary Suspect
Germain Street Elementary School in Chatsworth was briefly placed on lockdown Monday while police attempted to find a home burglary suspect. A burglary was reported at 12:45 p.m. Monday at a home at the intersection of Lurline Avenue and San Jose Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kevin Hawn. The owner of a home returned to his house, caught the burglars in the act and “armed himself,” according to Hawn, holding one of the suspects at bay before police arrived about 10 minutes later. Two suspects were taken into custody, but a third suspect was believed to have escaped into the neighborhood.
Los Angeles Daily News

Family Seeks Help Identifying Hit-and-Run Driver in Cyclist's Death
Whittier's Adventure Park is where family and friends of Agustin Rodriguez, Jr. would go to enjoy good times, or just kick back. But on Tuesday night, the park served as a memorial, with candles lit in commemoration of his life — cut short at age 46. While riding his bicycle to his parents' home, Rodriguez was killed in a hit and run collision the morning of Jan. 30. Rodriguez was dragged nearly 800 feet down Calmada Avenue when the driver continued without stopping. At least one of the witnesses was a child going to school.

Suspect Sought in Wild South El Monte Smash-and-Grab
Police on Monday were searching for a man who pulled off a brazen jewelry store robbery in South El Monte after bashing in a glass case and grabbing what he could. Surveillance video shows a suspect wearing a white construction hat and running up to a jewelry counter. He smashes the glass with a hammer and scoops up a handful of gold chains. The robbery happened Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Feds, Texas Police Search for Suspect Who Opened Fire on Officers
A suspect wanted in a federal manhunt opened fire on law enforcement Tuesday. According to, local and state law enforcement joined a federal manhunt for the suspect and attempted to take the man into custody in a restaurant parking lot. The suspect resisted and opened fire on police. One bullet went through a glass pane of the restaurant, but no one was injured. Officials said the suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

Tennessee Bill Aims to Protect Drivers Who Inadvertently Hit Protesters Blocking Traffic
A new bill aims to protect drivers who inadvertently hit protesters who are blocking roadways. WTVC reported that if protesters are inadvertently hit while blocking a roadway, they cannot sue in civil court for injury. The bill states that a driver would not be immune from civil liability if the injuries are intentional.  “We believe that citizens have the right to protest. There is a procedure for peaceful protests and the purpose of that process is to protect the safety of our citizens,” Sen. Bill Ketron said. “Protesters have no right to be in the middle of the road or our highways for their own safety and the safety of the traveling public.”

Local Government News

LA Leader Fights to Boost Porter Ranch Health Study, Says Gas Leak Settlement ‘Ignores' Community
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander on Tuesday demanded that air quality regulators increase the amount of money for a health study included in the $8.5 million settlement of a lawsuit filed against Southern California Gas Co. over a massive methane leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility above Porter Ranch.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mitchell Schwartz Might be an Ally of Eric Garcetti if He Weren't Running Against Him

Public affairs consultant Mitchell Schwartz's decision to jump into the Los Angeles mayor's race last year brought surprise and intrigue. After all, Schwartz might be working alongside Eric Garcetti at City Hall if he weren't fundraising to replace him. Both men are progressive Democrats who favor humanitarian and environmental causes, and they worked on various political campaigns to get Barack Obama into the White House.
Los Angeles Times

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