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from LA Police Protective League

February 16, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Lead paragraphs in newspaper stories led to the inaccurate narrative surrounding the lawful shooting of Ezell Ford
In analyzing the lead paragraphs of numerous newspaper stories that covered the lawful shooting of Ezell Ford, it is apparent that exclusion of relevant facts from those lead paragraphs assisted in the creation of an inaccurate narrative of the events leading up to and including the shooting. For some, this inaccurate narrative has blossomed into an urban legend, and this particular yarn goes something like this: Los Angeles police officers unlawfully targeted and gunned down an innocent, unarmed black man who happened to be out for a stroll heading back to his home. This urban legend is simply untrue.
Los Angeles Police Protective League

LA's West San Fernando Valley is no ‘Shangri-La' as Gang Crime Stirs Concern
The perception that life west of the 405 Freeway is relatively free of crime is one that hasn't gotten past Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield. He and other community leaders in the West Valley aren't buying what he's heard from some people. “They kind of think we live in Shangri-La of the West Valley, and we don't have these kinds of problems,” Blumenfied said. “Well, we have these problems, it's not acceptable, and we have to deal with them and we have to get the resources to deal with them.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Hit-and-Run Suspect Who Critically Injured Pedestrian Caught on Video: Have You Seen This Man?
Police Wednesday released video of a hit-and-run crash in south Los Angeles that left a 40-year pedestrian in critical condition. The victim was initially struck by a Mercedes-Benz about 4:20 a.m. Saturday as he walked in the middle of Main Street near Vernon Avenue. An SUV then hit the downed man, who ended up beneath the vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The Mercedes driver initially pulled over, got out of the car and walked toward the victim, but then left the scene, police said.

Man Killed by LAPD after Hollywood Stabbing Spree near CNN Identified
Authorities on Wednesday identified a Long Beach man who went on a stabbing spree in late January that left three people injured near CNN in Hollywood before he was fatally shot by police officers at a fast-food restaurant. Solomon Picart, 37, died at the scene of the Jan. 31 shooting, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Picart's next of kin were out of the country, which delayed notifying them and releasing his name.
Los Angeles Daily News

Safe Containing $2M of Jewelry, Property Stolen From Alanis Morissette's Brentwood Home
A safe containing about $2 million in jewelry and other items was stolen from the home of singer Alanis Morissette last week, police confirmed Tuesday. No victims were home when the burglars entered the Brentwood home last Thursday at an unknown time, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They took the safe and damaged property as well. No one was in custody for the burglary Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Secret witness in Robert Durst murder case revealed to be a friend of victim Susan Berman
It was finally time for the secret witness. As two bodyguards escorted the man into the courtroom through a back entrance, New York real estate scion Robert Durst leaned forward slightly, tracing the man's steps with his eyes. It was Nathan “Nick” Chavin, his longtime friend and the man whose wedding he had attended as a groomsman. But on Wednesday, Chavin came to the Los Angeles County courtroom to testify for the prosecution in the murder case against the multimillionaire accused of killing their mutual friend.
Los Angeles Times

Detectives With LA County Sheriff's Missing Persons Unit Hopes Public Can Lead Them To Missing 18-Year-Old
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Missing Persons Unit  are hoping the public can lead them to a missing 18-year-old woman. Leilani Joie Stallings was last seen in the Rancho Dominguez area at 5 a.m. on Saturday, January 14. Stallings is described as black, 5 feet 4 inches tall,  180 lbs., with black curly hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, black stretch pants and flip flops.

Alarming Study Reveals Risky Behavior With Young Drivers
Warren Harris has four kids, two of them young  drivers  and like most parents he worries. He tells them “Everyday, everyday. Don't turn their phones on in the car. Actually put the phones in the trunk!” A Triple A  study  says 88 percent of drivers ages 19 to 24 have admitted to texting, speeding or running red lights in the past month. David Finley is 24 and says he does not do any of those things.

Judge: Man who shot cop in '72 can't be tried
An 82-year-old man who was indicted, but never prosecuted, in the nonfatal shooting of an Ohio police officer almost 45 years ago cannot be tried now, a judge ruled Thursday. The case against Charles Hays fell through the cracks, and prosecutors acknowledged the state neglected the case. But they said he never demanded a speedy trial. Franklin County Judge Guy Reece dismissed the case Thursday, saying Ohio had at least two opportunities over the past four decades to bring Hays back for trial.
Associated Press

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns
The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
Associated Press

Federal Judge Says Remington Settlement Over Deadly Rifle Defect May Be Too Lenient
A federal judge in Kansas City expressed deep skepticism on Tuesday about whether he will approve a multi-million-dollar settlement offer in a class-action lawsuit against Remington Arms.  The offer is the result of allegations that the nation's oldest gunmaker had knowingly installed faulty trigger mechanisms in its most popular rifles for more than 40 years. The defects left some of the firearms prone to dangerous accidental discharges. Under the terms of the settlement, Remington is offering to replace millions of the guns' trigger assemblies without admitting wrongdoing. Critics, including 10 state attorneys general, say that's not good enough.
The Trace

Local Government News

LA to Allow Homeless to Pay Parking Tickets with Community Service
Homeless people who receive parking tickets in Los Angeles will have an alternative way to pay fines after a resolution was passed by the city council on Tuesday. The most recent numbers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority suggest that about 7,000 people in the city live in vehicles, with many of them accumulating parking citations. City officials also began enforcing new restrictions in February on where homeless people who live in their vehicles could park.

Garcetti accuses Measure S campaign of 'dirty trick'
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti accused the backers of a controversial ballot measure of a “dirty trick” Wednesday after they used his image in a campaign message. “They are well aware I strongly oppose Measure S,” Garcetti said. “The Yes on S Campaign should cease and desist from any suggestion that my position on Measure S is anything but a strong no.”
Los Angeles Times

LA City Council Votes to Decriminalize Street Vending
The City Council on Wednesday approved two ordinances decriminalizing street vending in Los Angeles, although the act is still outlawed and will be enforced through citations as the council continues to work on a permitting system for the industry. The ordinances, which were approved on a 13-0 vote, replace criminal misdemeanor charges with citations and remove criminal penalties against a person who fails to pay an administrative citation. Police may no longer confiscate the property of street vendors under the newly approved ordinances and may only issue citations, which start at $250 for a first offense and then move up to $500 and $1,000.
FOX 11

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