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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

February 28, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Retired CHP Sergeant Dies While Protecting Friend From Robber
A retired California Highway Patrol officer died after suffering a heart attack while protecting a friend from an intruder. Joe L. Elsey, 87, was visiting a friend Saturday when a “maintenance” man came to the door claiming there was a problem with the outside light, KCRA reported. The 30-year-old suspect was allowed into the home, and  attacked Elsey's friend in an attempted robbery, investigators told the news station. Elsey used his police training to fend off the intruder, but suffered a fatal heart attack during the struggle.

$20K Reward Offered in Baffling Slaying of 8-Year-Old Pomona Boy
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot an 8-year-old boy to death as he was about to have dinner at a Southern California home. Police in Pomona announced the reward Monday for information in the slaying of Jonah Hwang.The boy died Feb. 20 after being shot in the head during a suspected drive-by shooting. At least three bullets hit the home but no one else was struck. Police said Jonah and his family were visiting a Pomona home for dinner when someone shot at the home. His family has said Jonah was adopted from an orphanage in Taiwan less than three years ago. Police have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

20 Years After the North Hollywood Shootout, Echoes of the Terror Remain
LAPD Officer James Zboravan was two months and eight days out of the police academy when he faced a barrage of machine-gun fire, shot and wounded a bank robber and dove across unarmored officers to shield them with his bulletproof vest. He was shot four times before leaping through an exploding glass doorway. “There was no time to be scared. It's not a macho thing. There's so much going on. You fall back on your training — the best in the world,” recalled Zboravan, an award-winning sergeant now serving as an assistant watch commander at Northeast Division. “The lesson is, very plainly: “Because you're shot doesn't mean you're going to die. You must fight on.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Officers Arrest Suspected Stolen Car Driver in East L.A. After Pursuit Ends in Crash
A man was arrested Friday after leading police on a pursuit through Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. Officers began following the car around 7:30 p.m. as it headed southbound on Boyle Avenue from 4th Street after receiving a signal from a stolen vehicle recovery system called LoJack, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Michele Bond. The driver refused to pull over, and a pursuit ensued. Aerial footage showed the car driving east on the 5 Freeway before entering the northbound 710 Freeway in East L.A.

High-Speed Pursuit on San Fernando Valley Streets Turns Into Casual Sidewalk Stroll
A driver pulled into a parking lot and parked at the end of a pursuit Monday morning in the San Fernando Valley, then began casually walking around the neighborhood. The pursuit of the Lexus sedan began after a report of a stolen vehicle. Officers canceled the chase when the driver reached high speeds on residential streets, but continued to track the vehicle from above in a helicopter.  The driver pulled into a parking lot at 20229 Nordhoff St. in Chatsworth and stopped in a parking spot a few minutes later. The man walked around the parking lot, then strolled along the sidewalk on Nordhoff Street.

LAPD Identifies Off-Duty Officer Who Fired Gun During High-Profile Confrontation With Teens in Anaheim
The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday released the name of the off-duty officer who fired his gun during what quickly became a highly charged confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim. The officer, Kevin Ferguson, is back on the job but is not working in the field, said Capt. Andy Neiman, an LAPD spokesman. Ferguson works out of the Hollywood Division, officials said, but they provided no details of his specific assignment. State police records show Ferguson joined the LAPD in 2013. The Anaheim Police Department's investigation into the altercation, as well as a separate internal inquiry by the LAPD, are continuing, spokesmen for each agency said Monday.
Los Angeles Times

LA parolee Tased after allegedly assaulting girlfriend, trying to grab Ontario officer's gun
A man already on parole for assault with a deadly weapon was arrested for allegedly slashing his girlfriend's face and then reportedly trying to grab a officer's gun during a confrontation with police, according to Ontario police. Robert Edward Thompson, 58, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, domestic violence, making criminal threats, resisting arrest and violating the terms of his parole, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's booking logs. He is expected to be in West Valley Superior court Tuesday, records indicate.
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge Deals Setback to SF Police Union in Fight Over Use-of-Force Policy
A San Francisco judge on Monday turned back an effort by the city's police union to go to arbitration over a new use-of-force policy that bars officers from shooting at moving vehicles and using a neck hold on suspects known as the carotid restraint. By denying the motion by the Police Officers Association, Superior Court Judge Newton Lam is allowing the department to continue rolling out the new policy, which was written in the wake of a series of controversial police shootings and passed by the Police Commission in December. Union officials sued the day before the vote, asserting that the commission violated officers' collective bargaining rights by going forward with the policy without their consent.
San Francisco Chronicle

Gun Rights Activists Win Round in Free-Speech Court Case Against State of California
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday against the state for continuing to demand the removal of a blog post that listed the home addresses of legislators who voted for California's newest gun control measures. The lawsuit is funded by the  Firearms Policy Coalition  on behalf of one of the group's members, who is listed in the lawsuit under the pseudonym “Publius” and writes a blog called The Real Write Winger.  Last year, the blog published the names, home addresses and home phone numbers of 40 legislators who voted for a package of gun control measures in June, saying the lawmakers “decided to make you a criminal if you don't abide by their dictates. So below is the current tyrant registry.”
Los Angeles Times

Blue Lives Matter' car sticker stirs debate
Vehicle stickers tend to be fairly non-controversial and innocuous, but the new windshield decal that will be going on sale in Orland Park in a few months has prompted a debate among some residents. It features a black and white American flag with a blue stripe running horizontally just below the field of stars, and the words "Orland Park Supports Police" at the top. Often referred to as the "thin blue line" flag, it has more recently been associated with the Blue Lives Matter pro-police movement formed in late 2014.
The Daily Southtown

Local Government News

LAX Breaks Ground on a $1.6-Billion Midfield Terminal That Will Add 12 Gates For Aircraft
Marking another milestone in the massive renovation of Los Angeles International Airport, city officials broke ground Monday on a $1.6-billion midfield passenger terminal that will have a dozen gates for aircraft. The project, which is scheduled to be finished in late 2019, will help accommodate growth at LAX and reduce the use of the airport's outdoor gates, where passengers exit planes onto the tarmac and take buses to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. “This is a transformative project,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told scores of city officials, local dignitaries and airport contractors who attended the groundbreaking. “It's a win for Los Angeles, a win for tourism and a win for everyone.”
Los Angeles Times

LA Voters To Decide Whether To Raise Sales Tax To Combat Homelessness

Some of Los Angeles' homeless might get a helping hand from voters when Measure H is decided at the polls March 7. With unaffordable housing, low salaries and mental health issues forcing more people to live on the streets, the county is looking to address the homeless issue with a proposed sales tax increase. Measure H would increase the sales tax in Los Angeles County by 0.25 percent for 10 years in order to fund homeless services and prevention. Measure H proponent Demetrious Reid worked in customer service for a health insurance company for 15 years before he was laid off in 2012. Then he lost his home.

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