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April 14, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man In His 20s Killed In Boyle Heights Shooting, LAPD Says
A man in his 20s died after being shot multiple times early Thursday morning in Boyle Heights, police said. The shooting took place shortly after midnight in the 3500 block of Lanfranco Street, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division. The unidentified victim died at the scene, the LAPD said, adding that the incident was possibly gang-related. No witnesses had come forward within hours of the killing, and a description of the shooter was not available.
Woman Killed In Gramercy Park Hit-And-Run
A woman died at a hospital Thursday after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in the Gramercy Park area of South Los Angeles. The crash was reported around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 89th Street and Western Avenue, according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Bureau. The woman, who was in her 60s, died about 3:15 a.m. today at a hospital, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Her name was withheld, pending family notification. A description of the vehicle was not immediately available.
Panorama City Teen Vanishes, Police Ask Public To Help Find Her
Police Thursday sought public help in locating a missing 15-year-old Panorama City girl. Merari Flores, who was upset over a dispute with her parents, left home and was seen about 8 p.m. on April 6 in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Nordhoff Street, where she may have gotten on a southbound MTA bus, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her father saw her leaving a fast-food restaurant in the area, but she ran from him, police said. Merari is Hispanic, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs around 130 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. She was wearing blue jeans, a blue-and-white sweater and black boots when last seen. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts was urged to call police at (818) 838-9919 or (818) 838-9800.
Man Leaving South LA Church Service Struck By Suspect Fleeing Police
A suspect fleeing from police in South Los Angeles crashed into a pedestrian leaving a church service, badly injuring him, police and witnesses said. The suspect kept going after the crash, fleeing on foot. AIR7HD video showed police tracking him down and surrounding him as he tried to hide under a car. He was arrested at the scene, not far from the crash at 87th Place and Broadway. The pedestrian, a married man in his 50s and active church member, was part of a procession leaving the Mother of Sorrows Church when the suspect's vehicle came flying down the road and people started jumping out of the way. One witness said if the street hadn't been partially blocked off for the church service, many more people could have been injured. "We hear a skid and we hear a police cruiser and we see this guy getting chased with the lights off," said church member Carlos Ramos. "So he hits one of the security cars that we use to block the people, and he swerves and he hits one of our friends from church."
35 Arrested In Los Angeles Immigration Protest
A protest over U.S. immigration policies has ended with several dozen arrests at a federal prison in downtown Los Angeles. Civil rights activists and clergy from several faiths gathered Thursday at the Metropolitan Detention Center to protest what they called harsh arrest and deportation policies that have intensified under the Trump administration. Organizers say the protest was planned in the spirit of the Passover and Easter holidays. It included obstructing the driveway to the detention center. Police say 35 people were arrested for failing to heed an order to disperse after officers declared an unlawful assembly. No injuries are reported.
3 LA Area Verizon Stores Robbed On Successive Nights
Detectives are investigating whether three robberies that occurred over three straight nights at Verizon stores in Los Angeles County this week are connected. The robberies occurred in Granada Hills, West Los Angeles and Whittier, according to Los Angeles police. The suspect or suspects were wearing ski or construction masks. In two of the robberies the suspects were armed. In the third, the suspect claimed to have a gun. Tens of thousands of dollars' worth of iPhones were stolen, police said. No one was hurt. All three robberies occurred around closing time. The first happened Monday night at a store in the 18100 block of Chatsworth Avenue in Granada Hills. The second took place Tuesday night in the 11800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. The third happened Wednesday night at Norwalk and Beverly Boulevards in Whittier. In the Whittier robbery, a single suspect entered the store, claimed to have a gun, and then went into a back room and stuffed about 50 iPhones into a duffel bag.
LAX Tightens Airport Security After US Bomb Dropped In Afghanistan
At Los Angeles International Airport there is always intense security, but passengers say they've noticed traveling Thursday is a bit different. "We were in there and we saw policemen with guns just patrolling around, and we saw more security with TSA," said one passenger. "TSA from Miami were checking everybody's bags before they even go to the flight I saw you and that was that was different from when we flew in." The increased security comes after the United States dropped one of the largest bombs in its arsenal on ISIS targets in Afghanistan. Officials said that though there is the possibility of lone wolf attacks, there are no credible threats at this time. Any place, however, where there are large groups of people is always of concern. Passengers ABC7 spoke with said so far the lines aren't any longer than usual. They said they are glad there is more security. "Something that we could have an every airport, I believe," said traveler Sal Issa. "I do feel more secure in traveling and I always travel all the time but it's better than 10 years ago."

Officials Unveil Controversial Guidelines For The Release Of More Inmates To Relieve Prison Overcrowding
California corrections officials on Friday unveiled new regulations that will increase the chances of early release for hundreds of state prison inmates, and expand the credits they earn for demonstrating good behavior and completing rehabilitation programs behind bars. The highly anticipated — and hotly contested — guidelines are the first major step toward overhauling the state's prison parole system under Proposition 57, the ballot measure approved by voters last year that aims to reduce the statewide prison population by 9,500 inmates over the next four years. In a conference call Friday, Scott Kernan, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, echoed Gov. Jerry Brown's words on the measure, calling the new law “a durable solution” for prison overcrowding and part of the state's response to a federal court-ordered cap on the state inmate population. But he also emphasized the need to create opportunities that improve the chances for inmates to leave prison and keep them from coming back.
Los Angeles Times
P1 Research: Cops Fear Using Force Despite Confidence In Training
Police use of force is in the national spotlight. News outlets like CNN have hosted town hall forums, social media is regularly flooded with stories about police conduct and the candidates in the last presidential election cycle frequently brought up the topic. The question is, has the intense national focus caused officers to fear using force? A recent Pew Research Study found that 76 percent of the officers surveyed are more reluctant to use force, even when it's appropriate. Now, a survey administered by PoliceOne entitled “Policing in a Post-Ferguson Society” is finding similar results. The survey, a joint project between PoliceOne and Louisiana State University, examined officers' opinions related to policing in the post-Ferguson era (August 2014-June 2016) as well as their feelings since the ambush attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge (July 2016-present). More than 3,000 sworn law enforcement officers responded, providing valuable insight into the attitudes of officers in the field. 

Local Government News

Delay For Boyle Heights Homeless Project Shows Challenge Of Building Thousands Of Units In L.A.
A vacant lot between two venerable Eastside landmarks — Evergreen Cemetery to the west and the El Mercado mall to the east — is the focus of a dispute that portends difficulties for the city's plans to spur the construction of 1,000 units of housing each year for the chronically homeless. A nonprofit developer has an option to build 49 affordable-housing units on the property, with half of them dedicated to chronically homeless people who have been diagnosed as mentally ill. It's exactly the kind of project the city intends to support with the $1.2-billion homeless housing bond that voters approved in November. But it's been stuck for nearly a year in the committee headed by one of the most vocal supporters of that bond, Councilman Jose Huizar. The Los Angeles City Planning Department approved the plan last year. That decision would have been the last hurdle for the developer, A Community of Friends, after nearly three years spent meeting with government and neighborhood groups to come up with a plan that had widespread support.
Los Angeles Times
New Subway Cars For Metro Red, Purple Lines Will Be Made In China — And America
Los Angeles transit officials inked a $178-million deal Wednesday to replace the aging rail cars on the Metro Red and Purple line subways, plus ferry passengers on an extended line to Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority signed a contract with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd., to begin building 64 rail cars for $178 million in both China and the United States. With five options to buy as many as 282 rail cars, the contract sum signed during a ceremony at Union Station came to $647 million. “We're turning L.A. from the Car Capital of the World into the transit capital,” said Dave Sotero, an MTA spokesman. “These new subway cars will be improvements over what we now have, creating a better passenger experience for our riders.”
Los Angeles Daily News


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