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March 23, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Wis. Officer, 3 Others Killed During Domestic Dispute
A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a volley of gunfire around 5 p.m.  Authorities took no questions in a brief news conference late Wednesday and gave no details on the four victims or suspect. They said there was no remaining threat to the public. 
Associated Press

IS group claims responsibility for London car, knife attack
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a crowded London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament. The attacker was born in Britain and known to authorities who had once investigated him for links to religious extremism, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday in a sweeping speech in which she also encouraged Britons to go about their lives.
Associated Press

How The Justice System Failed Whittier Officer Keith Boyer: Guest Commentary
A Whittier police officer is dead and a second officer is recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted by a known gang member and two-time convicted felon. Why was this violent gang member on the street, with a gun? Why did the criminal “justice” system so miserably fail our officers? Why did it also fail law enforcement officers in Palm Springs and Lancaster? Chief Jeff Piper didn't claim Officer Keith Boyer's alleged killer, Michael Mejia, was released early, as the Los Angeles Times incorrectly wrote in an editorial, but rather that Assembly Bill 109 had a direct impact on the process and treatment related to Mejia's release.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Thousands of police officers plan to run 120 miles from Baker to Vegas
The ultimate police foot pursuit begins Saturday, March 25, with the goal not to catch a thief, but to capture bragging rights. The 33rd Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, a 120-mile race through the Mojave Desert, features 283 law-enforcement agency teams and 5,660 runners -- most of them sworn personnel -- who are motivated by the desire to win, continue their athletic careers, honor friends and build on their brotherhood.
The Press Enterprise

Woman Who Disappeared From Goodwill Parking Lot in Reseda Found Dead Nearly 2 Months Later in Santa Clarita
A 26-year-old Tarzana woman who disappeared in the San Fernando Valley two months ago was identified as the victim found dead in the Santa Clarita area earlier this month, the Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed Wednesday.  Maricela Garcia was last seen on the evening of Jan. 12 at a Goodwill store on Sherman Way in Reseda. She was browsing the store with her younger sister and friends when she went outside to smoke a cigarette, according to Sarah Garcia, her sister.  She wasn't heard from after that, the sister told KTLA in an interview the day after Maricela Garcia went missing.

San Fernando pastor seriously injured in attack
A San Fernando pastor was hospitalized and recovering from a broken hip and other injuries after he was allegedly beaten by a former congregant Wednesday, KTLA reported. Rudy Trujillo, the pastor of Faith Center, was assaulted Wednesday morning in the 700 block of North Maclay Avenue, San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Vairo told KTLA. Trujillo's son, Joshua, told the news station that his father was getting out of a car between meetings when he was attacked by a man he had not seen since the man left the church a few years ago.
Los Angeles Times

61-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck Crossing Street in Marked Crosswalk: LAPD
A 61-year-old man was killed early Wednesday when a car fatally struck him while he was in a crosswalk in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.  At about 5:57 a.m. Ramon Guerrero was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk on Olympic Boulevard and Orme Street when he was hit by a 2016 Toyota Corolla, the Los Angeles Police Department reported in a statement. LAPD said the driver, 49-year-old Fredy Guirao, remained at the scene of the crash and was cooperating with police.

LAPD Cop Suing Kodak, Alleges Brain Tumor After Chemicals Exposure
A Los Angeles Police officer is suing Eastman Kodak Co., alleging that he developed a brain tumor after being exposed to chemicals at the LAPD's former Northeast Division station, previously the site of a Kodak film processing lab. Luke Butnik and his wife, Maria, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, alleging negligence, strict liability and loss of consortium and seeking unspecified damages. The officer was exposed to the chemicals through ingestion, inhalation and dermal contact, according to the suit, which says Kodak had an obligation to warn Butnik of the alleged dangerous condition at the building and to take steps to limit the harm to him.

Pedestrian Hurt in Valley Glen Hit-And-Run
Police are looking for the driver of a minivan that struck and seriously injured a pedestrian in Valley Glen Wednesday evening. The accident occurred at Vanowen Street and Sunnyslope Avenue just before 7 p.m., according to Los Angeles police. The driver fled. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital with severe injuries. The suspect vehicle was described as a 2000 Honda Odyssey, police said. The driver was described as a Hispanic male with sunglasses and a white shirt.  The circumstances of the accident were not immediately known.

Cops Seek Input on Policies for Releasing Body Camera Footage
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and Police Chief Charlie Beck will announce plans Thursday for seeking community input on establishing policies for the release of body camera footage taken during critical incidents. Input will be gathered in community forums around Los Angeles and through a questionnaire available online or on paper. The commissioners and Beck plan to announce more details at a news conference at 11 a.m. at the Police Administration Building. The City Council approved a $59 million plan in June 2016 to equip Los Angeles Police Department officers with body cameras, and the department plans to issue the cameras to all patrol officers by the end of this year.

Gunman in Temple City Sheriff's Station Shooting ID'd
A man who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout with deputies in the parking lot of the sheriff's Temple Station was identified Wednesday by authorities. The shooting happened at 7:25 a.m. Monday outside the facility at 8838 Las Tunas Drive where the man, identified by county coroner's officials as 47-year-old Andrew Lane of San Gabriel, went to register as a sex offender, according to the sheriff's department. No deputies were injured. According to sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza, while the man was in the station, a deputy learned that he was wanted on a $40,000 felony warrant.

CA Supreme Court Won't Hear Case of Man Convicted of Murdering Hollywood High Teacher
The California Supreme Court Wednesday refused to hear the case of a man convicted of strangling a retired Hollywood High School teacher with whom he had begun corresponding while he was behind bars for killing a man in New York. The state's highest court denied a defense petition seeking its review of the case against Scott Kratlian, who was found guilty in October 2015 of the first-degree murder of Harry Major, an 82-year-old former English instructor whose body was found in a bathtub in the victim's apartment in the Hollywood area in February 2014. Kratlian is serving a 56-year-to-life term for Major's killing.

34 cities and counties urge a federal judge to block Trump's 'sanctuary cities' executive order
Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica are among the 34 cities and counties arguing that President Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions” is unconstitutional. In an amicus brief supporting Santa Clara County's lawsuit against Trump, they are urging a federal judge to issue a nationwide injunction on Trump's January executive order, which would punish localities that refuse to help federal immigration enforcement.
Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court Wrestles with California Police Shooting Case
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stepped in to the national conversation on police practices, wrestling with a California police shooting case where sheriff's deputies shot an innocent couple during their search for a wanted man. The justices heard oral arguments in a 2010 case involving Los Angeles County deputies who shot a couple living in a shack in the backyard of a home in the city of Lancaster, north of Los Angeles. The deputies entered the structure without a warrant and without announcing themselves, and the couple was ultimately awarded $4 million in the shooting.

Police: White Sword Killer Went to NY to Attack Black People
A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday. James Harris Jackson turned himself in at a Times Square police station early Wednesday, about 25 hours after Timothy Caughman staggered into a police precinct bleeding to death. "I'm the person that you're looking for," Jackson told police, according to Assistant Chief William Aubrey.  Jackson, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, told police he'd harbored feelings of hatred toward black men for at least 10 years, authorities said. 
Associated Press

Local Government News

There's a Problem With Sample Ballots in L.A.'s Congressional Race, And It Could Have Affected Thousands of Voters
An unknown number of voters who received Korean-language voting materials in the 34th Congressional District race may have received incorrectly printed sample ballots. The incorrect pamphlets list the 23 candidates on the ballot in the wrong order. If Korean-language voters used the erroneous sample ballots to cast their vote, they may have inadvertently voted for the wrong candidate. The sample ballots, booklets that list each candidate's name and the corresponding number to fill in on the actual ballot, were mailed to some 8,200 Korean-language speakers ahead of the April 4 election. It's not clear how many of them were affected.
Los Angeles Times

LA gets ready for its legal pot days; A new cannabis commission coming soon
The City Council approved the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Commission Wednesday to help oversee the coming legalized recreational marijuana industry. The 11-0 vote directs the office of the city attorney to draft an ordinance on the creation of the commission, which would administer the cannabis license and public hearing process, including the application, renewal and revocation of licenses, as well as coordinate inspections and audits of marijuana businesses.

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