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April 12, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Wisconsin Trooper Killed In Crash
A trooper has died after he lost control of his patrol vehicle. Anthony J. Borostowski was on duty Tuesday when he lost control of his patrol vehicle, fell into a ditch and struck a tree, Baraboo News Republic reported. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Gov. Scott Walker offered condolences in a statement after learning the identity of the fallen officer. "I had the honor of meeting him in 2015, when he received the Wisconsin State Patrol's lifesaving award for saving a man's life by performing CPR. Tonette and I send our prayers to Anthony's family,” Walker said. An investigation into the crash is underway.
9-Year-Old Wounded In San Bernardino School Shooting In ‘Good Spirits,' Expected To Survive
The 9-year-old boy who was wounded in Monday's deadly shooting at North Park Elementary is awake and expected to survive. “All things considered, he's in relatively good spirits,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said, at a Tuesday morning press conference at police headquarters in downtown San Bernardino. “He's up and watching cartoons,” said San Bernardino City Unified Superintendent Dale Marsden. Monday morning, Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, went to the elementary school where his wife, Karen Elaine Smith, 53, a 10-year veteran of the school district, was working. Saying he was just there to drop something off, he went back to her classroom, where Smith was, along with two classroom aides and 15 special needs students.
Los Angeles Daily News
Witnesses Detain DUI Suspect After Hit-And-Run Crash Kills 1 In North Hollywood
Witnesses detained a suspected DUI driver early Wednesday morning after a hit-and-run crash that left another motorist fatally injured at an intersection in North Hollywood, authorities said. The collision took place shortly before 2 a.m. at Vantage Avenue and Vanowen Street, where responding firefighters had to cut open one of the wrecked vehicles before extracting its driver. That person died after being was rushed to Holy Cross Medical Center, according to Los Angeles Police Detective Bill Bustos. The victim's identity was not immediately released.
Valley's New Top Cop John Sherman Set To Tackle Rising Crime
The Los Angeles Police Department's new chief in the San Fernando Valley knows he's got his work cut out for him. Deputy Chief John A. Sherman, commanding officer of LAPD's Operations-Valley Bureau, took the helm last month after predecessor Robert Green was tapped to lead the department's new Transit Services Bureau. With rising crime in the city and the Valley, Sherman said he's determined to use all available tools to get the community involved to fight crime while deploying the Valley Bureau's 2,000 police officers most effectively. “I'm an enthusiastic kind of guy,” said Sherman, who was raised in Reseda, from his office at the Operations-Valley Bureau in Panorama City on Tuesday. “I hope to bring that enthusiasm and energy to the Valley and help keep our officers going in the right direction and mobilize our community even further.”
Los Angeles Daily News
USC Student Arrested On Suspicion Of Campus Sexual Assault, LAPD Says
Los Angeles police arrested a USC undergraduate student on Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a fellow student. A statement issued by police said that Aarman Premjee, 20, was taken into custody about 11 a.m. by officers with the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. A USC student directory spells the student's first name as Armaan. Premjee was released just before 8 p.m. on $100,000 bond, according to jail records. He is accused of sexually assaulting another USC undergraduate on April 1 at a campus dormitory, police said. The alleged assault “was reported immediately” to USC's Department of Public Safety early in the morning of April 1, Capt. Billy Hayes said. At that time, the university's public safety department reported it to the LAPD for investigation, Hayes said. 
Los Angeles Times
LAPD Unveils Pursuit-Rated Ford Fusion Patrol Car
The Los Angeles Police Department's fleet of patrol cars is getting more environmentally friendly. Two new Ford Fusion police responders were revealed at LAPD headquarters Monday. The hybrids underwent numerous modifications and were designed to withstand high-speed pursuits. "The brakes are different in the vehicle to achieve the braking requirements," explained Kevin Koswick with the Ford Motor Company. "We have to have different cooling in the vehicle to keep the vehicle to perform in those extended pursuit-rated situations." Ford said it received input from police agencies to outfit the vehicles for reliability and safety. The cars get up to 38 miles to the gallon and as hybrids, the gasoline engines can shut down when the vehicle does not need much energy. 
Inspector General's Office Raises Concerns About Medical Treatment In County Jails
Seven of nine Los Angeles County jail inmates that died in custody during the first three months of 2017 died at a hospital, the Office of Inspector General disclosed Tuesday, raising concerns about medical treatment. "The inspector general has been deeply troubled by some of these deaths, the circumstances surrounding them and the medical treatment that was provided," Chief Deputy Inspector General Dan Baker told the Board of Supervisors. Baker said representatives of the Office of Inspector General had met with Department of Health Services Chief Operations Officer Dr. Christina Ghaly to discuss the deaths and are monitoring clinical reviews of the deaths. 
Prosecutors file charges against Covina man accused of shooting at deputies while recording standoff live on Facebook
A 20-year-old man who shot at Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies while recording the standoff live on Facebook was criminally charged Tuesday, according to prosecutors. Sean Vasquez was charged with five counts of attempted murder and seven counts of assault with a firearm upon a peace officer, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Suspected Burglar Killed By Deputies In South Los Angeles
A man was shot and killed early Wednesday after he pulled out a weapon in front of officers responding to a burglary in South Los Angeles. The shooting was reported at 1:15 a.m. near 91st and Alameda streets in unincorporated Firestone Park, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies said. Two deputies were responding to a car burglary call when they saw the man parked inside a vehicle in an alley, Lt. Joe Mendoza said. When the officers approached the vehicle and took the driver from the car, he broke free from their grasp and reached inside the vehicle to retrieve a handgun, Mendoza said. Both deputies opened fire, killing the man, Mendoza said. The deputies were not injured. It is unknown if the man fired his weapon.
California Lawmakers Are Setting Up A Sanctuary State And Daring Trump To Stop Them. Can He?
Showing a giant middle finger to President Trump, California is on its way to becoming the first sanctuary state in the nation. Democratic lawmakers there are moving a bill that would prevent local and state law enforcement agencies from helping the federal government deport undocumented immigrants. (The state Senate passed it last week, and the state Assembly is expected to take it up soon, though Gov. Jerry Brown (D) hasn't said whether he'll sign it.) Sanctuary cities are one of the most high-profile acts of defiance to a Trump presidency, and the president has expressed a zero-tolerance policy toward them. In his first week in office, Trump signed an executive order declaring that sanctuaries are in violation of federal law and “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people.”
The Washington Post
FBI agent says SF Mayor Lee looked at in corruption investigation
Mayor Ed Lee was a target in the federal corruption investigation into the Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow racketeering case that led to a prison sentence for former state Sen. Leland Yee and criminal charges against some of Lee's campaign staff, an FBI agent testified in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday.While no criminal charges were filed against Lee, FBI Special Agent Ethan Quinn said under questioning that Lee and his 2011 campaign for mayor were targets of a bribery investigation that eventually led to charges against three local officials. 
San Francisco Chronicle
US Halts Weekly Local Police Immigration Cooperation Report
A widely criticized weekly report publicized by President Donald Trump's administration to showcase local police seen as uncooperative with immigration enforcement was suspended Tuesday after the administration acknowledged the report contained flawed data. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified computer coding problems and mix-ups where jurisdictions were incorrectly placed on the report, said David Lapan, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Several local law enforcement agencies had complained that information in the reports was inaccurate and unfairly targeted them — including some jurisdictions supportive of Trump's immigration enforcement efforts. 
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA County Leaders Skip Vote On Funding Legal Defense Fund For Undocumented Immigrants
A proposal to transfer $1 million of Los Angeles County money into a legal defense fund to help illegal immigrants and others threatened with deportation was pulled from a vote Tuesday so members of the Board of Supervisors could examine concerns raised within the motion. The legal defense fund was proposed in December by members of the Los Angeles City Council and the Board of Supervisors in response to President Donald Trump's pre-election remarks about deporting people who live in the country illegally. Los Angeles city and county leaders unveiled plans to contribute $5 million to the proposed $10 million fund, with local nonprofit organizations providing the rest.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Tap Water as Clean as Bottled Water; LADWP Report Finds
City residents can stop paying for bottles and home water filters, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In its annual drinking water quality report, the department found that the nearly 160 billion gallons of drinking water provided, met or exceeded all drinking water standards for health, cleanliness and safety. Measures to improve water quality include major investments in underground infrastructure, including the city's second ultraviolet disinfection plant under construction in Granada Hills.


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