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March 24, 2017

Law Enforcement News

2 Killed, 1 Injured in South L.A. Shooting
Two men were killed and a third was injured in a shooting in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles Thursday evening, LAPD officials told KTLA. Officials responded to the incident about 5:45 p.m. at Eddie's Liquor at the intersection of 108th Street and Western Avenue. Initial reports indicate the shooting was a drive by and the shooter remains at large, the Los Angeles Times reported.Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and the third victim was taken to a hospital, Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im said. The victims have not been identified, beyond that they were all male.

Woman Takes Walk in South LA, Gets Shot in Face
A 40-year-old woman was shot in the face in South Los Angeles Thursday. The victim was walking near 64th Street and Broadway at approximately 5:45 p.m. when a man shot her in the face. She was taken to a hospital, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said. The woman's condition is not known, Im said.

Toddlers Abducted During Car Theft in Cathedral City Found Safe; Amber Alert Canceled
Two young boys who were abducted Thursday during a vehicle theft in Cathedral City were found safe in Desert Hot Springs early Friday morning, police said. Two-year-old Carlos Cortez and his 1-year-old brother Jayden Cortez were found by Riverside County sheriff's deputies about 2:30 a.m. inside the still running stolen vehicle that was abandoned by the thief at a church in the 17400 block of Bubbling Wells Road, said Cathedral City Police Department Deputy Chief Travis Walker.  The boys were abducted when the vehicle they were inside was stolen in Cathedral City about 6:44 p.m. Thursday.  An Amber Alert issued for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties following the abduction has been canceled. 

Should video from LAPD body cameras be released after a police shooting? If so, when? Police Commission wants to know
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Thursday launched its latest effort to answer one of the biggest questions facing law enforcement today, one that has increasingly tested the LAPD and other agencies as video consistently inspires fresh scrutiny of policing: When should footage from police body cameras be released? In a statement, the union representing rank-and-file LAPD officers signaled its opposition, saying that releasing body camera footage “will only further inject politics into what should be an independent investigation of any particular incident.”“Video is only one aspect of an investigation and to push for release of that video, prior to the completion of the investigation, will only taint the impartiality of the investigatory findings,” the statement continued. “That is not what the Chief should be striving for.”
Los Angeles Times

Manhattan Beach Police Hope Public Can Lead Them To Missing Woman, 40

Police in Manhattan Beach are hoping the public can lead them to a missing woman. Ann Shenkler, 40, was  last seen March 15. Authorities say Shenkler has a medical condition. Officials did not specify the nature of the condition. The missing woman is described as Asian, 5-foot-3 and about  110 pounds. Shenkler has brown hair and brown eyes. Officials said Shenkler mailed her car keys and storage unit keys to friends before disappearing. They believe she left voluntarily. Shenkler reportedly sent friends and relatives a messageThursday morning, police said.

Standoff in Winnetka; Man Barricaded in Stranger's Home
Members of a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team were holding positions Friday outside a home in Winnetka where an armed man barricaded himself after pointing a gun at police, authorities said. The man was holed up in a stranger's home near Oso Avenue and Leadwell Street, said Officer Sal Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Division. Lopez said the man pointed a gun at police officers who attempted to stop him in that area at 10:48 p.m. Thursday, but the man did not shoot. The suspect ran from police and broke into a stranger's home. Anyone who may have been inside the home was no longer in there early Friday morning, Lopez said, although he didn't know exactly how many residents lived there.

Social Worker Arrested on Suspicion of Sex With Minor
Police were looking for additional potential victims after a social worker was accused of having sex with a minor, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday. Ruben Alonso Herrera, 26, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor after allegedly meeting the victim in his capacity as a contracted social worker, LAPD said. The man was arrested in the 8400 block of Cedros Avenue in Panorama City. He was being held on $25,000 bail.  The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services said Herrera was not employed with the agency, therefor not a county employee, but the agency was still reviewing whether he was a contracted employee.

Police Hunt for Motive in Pastor Attack
A pastor is recovering from hip surgery after he was attacked, but detectives and family members aren't revealing the identity of a man who went after him. The pastor's son said Thursday Rudy Trujillo's two-hour surgery went well, but he doesn't know why his father was attacked.  "Those who know him know he's a wisecracker, he's a jokester," his son Joshua said. "He's still keeping very positive and very strong in his faith." Witnesses and the victim said a former member of his church attacked the pastor outside a building where he frequently has meetings. It was all caught on video as several surveillance cameras were posted nearby.

Task Force Aims to Keep LA's Dangerous Intersections Safe
Authorities Friday will conduct a traffic enforcement effort at several intersections in the city's South Bureau that have been shown to be statistically more dangerous than others. The Directed Enforcement Task Force — DETF — operation will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Lt. Dave Ferry of the Los Angeles Police Department's Emergency Operations Division. “The goal of the DETF is to reduce the number of traffic collisions at specific intersections that have the highest incident of fatalities (or) severe or visible injuries through education and enforcement,” Ferry said in a statement.

Feds: ICE Agent Smuggled Organized Crime Worker Into US
A longtime Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was arrested Wednesday on accusations he helped smuggle a Mexican national with felony convictions into the United States. The ICE agent was operating under the orders of a “local organized crime figure with business interests in Mexico,” the U.S. District Attorney's Office reported Thursday. Felix Cisneros, 42, of Murrieta, was taken into custody on federal felony charges of aiding and assisting an inadmissible alien to enter the United States. 

List of Problem L.A. Deputies Should Be Sent to Prosecutor, Civilian Panel Says
Los Angeles County sheriff's civilian oversight commission on Thursday backed Sheriff Jim McDonnell's attempt to send prosecutors the names of deputies found to have committed serious misconduct on the job. The county commission's move makes it the latest group to support the sheriff in the battle over a secret list of 300 problematic deputies whose history of misconduct could damage their credibility if they are ever called to testify in criminal cases. The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations have already endorsed in court briefs McDonnell's effort to reveal the information, which is facing a legal challenge by the deputies' union.
Los Angeles Times

Utah Getting Toughest Drunken Driving Limit in the US
Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent will save lives.  The change means a 150-pound man would be over the 0.05 limit after two beers, while a 120-pound woman could exceed it after a single drink, though that can be affected by a number of factors, including how much food a person has eaten, according to the American Beverage Institute, a national restaurant group.
Associated Press

Officer Killed in London Terror Attack Was 'Strong, Professional Public Servant'
The police officer who was among those killed during yesterday's terror attack in London was honored across the city Thursday. Fellow officers and other city employees honored Officer Keith Palmer, 48, and three other victims who were killed with a minute-long moment of silence, the BBC reported. Palmer was stabbed while attempting to stop the attacker in Parliament's courtyard. He was a soldier in the Royal Artillery before he joined the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Squad, where he served for 15 years, the Associated Press reported.  Prime Minister Theresa May said Palmer was "a husband, a father ... he was every inch a hero … His actions will never be forgotten." His family described him as “dedicated to his job and proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous.”
PoliceOneAssociated Press

2024 Olympics News

LA 2024 Olympic Bid ‘Low Risk,' State Report Says
Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympic Games avoids the financial pitfalls that have plagued recent games, according to a state Legislative Analyst Office report released Thursday. Because the privately funded Los Angeles bid relies almost exclusively on existing or already approved venues and infrastructure, it comes without the economic and political uncertainty that have undermined the Olympic Movement for decades. But the LAO called on city officials, the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to join LA 2024 officials in a united California front against potential pressure from the International Olympic Committee to adopt changes that would increase the cost of hosting the games.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

City Set to Vote on Plan to Raze Parker Center and Build $480-Million Office Tower
The Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal Friday to demolish Parker Center and build a $480-million office tower for city employees — a plan opposed by preservationists fighting to save the former police building. The boxy Parker Center on Los Angeles Street served for more than five decades as the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department and regularly appeared in the television series “Dragnet.” It closed in January 2013. The building was designed by Welton Becket, the prolific architect behind the Capitol Records building, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the Cinerama Dome and the jet-age Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles city engineers contend that the mid-century building, which now sits empty, is seismically unsafe.
Los Angeles Times

Massive LAX Rental Car Return Lot: $5.5 billion Plan to Cut Traffic Jams
After a special joint session, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and the Board of Airport Commissioners Thursday both unanimously approved a comprehensive $5.5 billion plan to reduce auto traffic and congestion at Los Angeles International Airport. The centerpiece of the plan is the construction of the Consolidated Rent- A-Car Center, a project that will conjoin more than 20 car rental offices in one location. Along with a 2.25-mile Automated People Mover, officials say the project will eliminate the need for rental car courtesy vehicles entering the central terminal area and reduce the number of autos driving in and out of LAX by 3,200 each day.

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