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from LA Police Protective League

March 3, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Family, Law Enforcement Colleagues to Honor Officer Considered 'Best of the Best'
Family, friends and law enforcement colleagues will gather Friday morning to mourn a Southern California police officer killed by a recently released gang member while he was investigating a minor car accident. Funeral services for 53-year-old Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer will begin Friday morning with a memorial at Calvary Chapel in Downey followed by a graveside service at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary in Whittier that's set to include the playing of bagpipes, a 21-gun salute and a plane formation flyover. 

Gang Member Who Shot, Killed Whittier Cop Arraignment Delayed
Thursday's scheduled arraignment for a reputed gang member who was wounded the day he was arrested on suspicion of capital murder for allegedly killing a Whittier police officer and his own cousin has been cancelled for medical reasons, the District Attorney's office reported. No new arraignment date was immediately announced for Michael Christopher Mejia, who was charged Wednesday with the Feb. 20 murders of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer after he responded to a traffic crash in which Mejia was involved, and the defendant's 47-year-old cousin, Roy Torres, who was shot in East Los Angeles earlier that day.
FOX 11

Police: Dozens of Guns, $50K in Drugs Found in LA Gang Raids
Aiming to quell a rash of violence plaguing a South Los Angeles community, police officers raided more than a dozen homes Thursday and seized an array of high-powered rifles, ballistic armor, handguns and more than $50,000 worth of drugs. Fifteen members of the Los Angeles-based Black P. Stone street gang were arrested during the early morning raids, police said. Officers found nearly a dozen long guns, including assault rifles, along with ballistic vests with heavy trauma plates and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. They also seized more than two kilograms of cocaine, as well as PCP and marijuana they believe was being sold in a 30-block area in the southwestern portion of Los Angeles.
Associated Press

San Gabriel Burglary Suspects Flee in Chase up to 120 MPH
Four burglary suspects in a Hyundai Sonata led authorities on a high-speed chase on the 10 freeway at speeds up to 120 mph, before ditching the car and fleeing on foot Wednesday.  Police were still looking for three of the four suspects late Wednesday after they crossed over the freeway on foot and hid somewhere in East Los Angeles.  The incident began with two burglary reports in the area of Roses Road and Mission Drive in San Gabriel. Police spotted the suspects and gave chase, eventually following them onto the westbound 10 Freeway.

Man Hit by Gunfire in Atwater Village
A man was shot in the shoulder Thursday morning in Atwater Village, authorities said. The incident was reported at 6:20 a.m. in the 3000 block of Gilroy Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez. The injured man was in stable condition at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Lopez added. There was no description of a suspect, Lopez said.
Los Angele Daily News

Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Car Into Building During Attempt to Flee From Police
A suspected drunk driver crashed his car into a building in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday morning during an attempt to flee from police, police said. The Los Angeles Police Department's Central division attempted to pull the driver over around 4:30 a.m. when he fled and crashed his car into a building in the 900 block of South San Pedro Street. After the crash, police found the man in the car. He was treated at the scene for injuries and was taken into custody for on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Central division.

2 Missing Teenage Sisters Last Seen in Panorama City
Two teenage sisters who went missing Thursday afternoon in Panorama City have not been found, authorities reported. Valeria and Isabel Nava were last seen around 3 p.m. Thursday in the 15000 block of Roscoe Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. They have not been seen or heard from since, and their family is “extremely concerned,” police added. LAPD officer Maria Rowedder said the teens were still missing as of Friday morning. “The two girls are runaways from home,” Rowedder said. “They've been seen around the Panorama City area. They're refusing to go home.” Valeria, 13, is described as Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs about 110 pounds. Isabel, 14, is Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.
Los Angeles Daily News

Pasadena Police Trying To Determine If Murder Suspect Is Linked To His Grandfather's Disappearance
Pasadena police are trying to determine if the grandson, arrested on suspicion of murder in a separate case, is linked to his grandfather's disappearance. Family members told Pasadena police that Dawud Karriem, 87, was last seen with his grandson, Raheem Karriem. He told investigators he didn't know where his grandfather was. But Pasadena police just discovered that Raheem was arrested on Tuesday by Los Angeles police. They told CBS's Rachel Kim that video evidence shows the 38-year-old on Wright Street in Downtown L.A. getting out of his car and shooting and killing a man, motive unknown so far.

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca ‘Was Aware' of Plan to Obstruct FBI, Former Official Tells Jury
Despite his claims of ignorance, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was deeply involved in efforts to interfere with FBI agents as they investigated abuses in county jails, a retired sheriff's official testified Thursday. William “Tom” Carey, a former Sheriff's Department captain who has admitted to playing a central role in the scheme to obstruct the FBI, told jurors that he personally updated the sheriff on the efforts to thwart the federal investigation and that Baca attended several crucial meetings to discuss how to handle the crisis.

What Trump's First Congressional Speech Means for Cops
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump painted himself as a “law and order candidate.” He repeatedly showed signs that he would move swiftly to reverse some of the anti-cop sentiment which was prevalent during the Obama administration. Candidate Trump was seen on numerous occasions shaking hands with officers assigned to his protection detail. Then, less than two hours after taking the oath of office, the Trump administration posted a statement on the White House website entitled, “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community.”

Local Government News

L.A. Unified Sues City Housing Authority Over Cost of Lead, Arsenic Cleanup at Watts High School
Los Angeles Unified School District has spent more than $1 million in the last three years cleaning lead and arsenic from the soil at David Starr Jordan High School in Watts. Now the school district is suing the city's housing authority to get those costs covered. The district says that the contamination seeped into the soil from a neighboring parcel of land that the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles bought in 2008 to develop. The school district says the school's arsenic and lead levels are currently safe but that the housing authority needs to take responsibility for the work that's already been done as well as for any future work.
Los Angeles Times

You Can Vote Early This Weekend in LA County at These 7 Locations
Voters looking to cast their ballots before Tuesday's election have seven locations to choose from this weekend in Los Angeles County. Early voting got underway last month — 29 days before the election — at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's headquarters in Norwalk, according to the Registrar-Recorder's website. This weekend, early voting expands to locations in North Hills, West Covina, Culver City, Torrance, Pasadena, East Los Angeles and Lancaster.  Each location will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The sites will also serve as Vote by Mail drop-off locations if you don't want to pay for a postage stamp. Weekend early-voting locations are listed below. For details on where to park, go to
Los Angeles Daily News

Bungalows With Gardens or Apartment Towers With Brewpubs — L.A.'s Struggle with Identity is on the Ballot Again
To better understand the battle for the future of Los Angeles, start with a long walk down a dim tunnel beneath the Hall of Administration. In a storage room under Grand Park where the county assessor keeps its map books, the clamor over Measure S — the March 7 ballot initiative aimed at regulating development in the city — seems far away. Computers upstairs record recent transactions, but in these books — in the pencil, ink and stenciled lettering — is a glimpse of the forces that shaped this metropolis as it slowly spread across a dusty floodplain through cycles of boom and bust.
Los Angeles Times

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