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April 19, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Commission Clears LAPD Officer In Fatal Hyde Park Shooting
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners cleared an officer in the fatal shooting of an armed parolee attempting to flee in Hyde Park.  The commission Tuesday agreed on a 5-0 vote with Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck that Officer Charles Kumlander acted reasonably and within department policy when he shot Bursey. According to Beck's report on the incident, the shooting occurred on “hood day,” which is a day of celebration for the Rollin 60s street gang, and the parking lot where the shooting took place was a known spot where gang members hang out. Kumlander and his partner reported that as they approached a parked car in the lot near Brynhurst Avenue and Slauson Avenue on June 10 around 8:25 p.m. they smelled marijuana and directed its three occupants to get out.
Pursuit Of Murder Suspect In South LA Ends In Arrest
A person possibly connected to a homicide led police on a circuitous chase through South Los Angeles today before surrendering. According to Los Angeles police Officer Liliana Preciado, a murder suspect was arrested early Tuesday afternoon in the 1200 block of East 100th Street in South Los Angeles, but as that suspect was being taken into custody, another person sped from the scene, prompting the pursuit. The connection between the person leading the chase and the in-custody homicide suspect was not immediately clear.
FOX 11
Woman Allegedly Attacked By Her Child's Father With Butcher Knife, Hammer At Chatsworth McDonald's
A woman was viciously attacked with a hammer and butcher knife, allegedly at the hands of her child's father, at a McDonald's parking lot in Chatsworth on Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Police responded to the McDonald's located at 9185 Desoto Ave. about 5:53 p.m. after receiving a call about an attempted murder, LAPD Officer Tony Im told KTLA. The victim was allegedly attacked by her child's father, 20-year-old Angel Rios, with a butcher knife and a hammer, Im said. The attack happened when the suspect and victim got into a fight inside a car, police told KTLA. 

Getty Center closed early after receiving bomb threat
A bomb threat phoned into the Getty Center in Brentwood caused the Los Angeles Police Department to evacuate and later close the facility Tuesday afternoon. According to LAPD spokesperson Officer Drake Madison, the bomb threat was called in shortly before 3 p.m. The bomb squad was notified but not deployed. 
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Police Commission Adopts New Use of Force Rules Aimed at Decreasing Officer Involved Shootings
The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns — a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board's attempts to curb shootings by police. The new rules formally incorporate a decades-old concept called “de-escalation” into the Los Angeles Police Department's policy outlining how and when officers can use deadly force.  The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union which represents LAPD's rank and file officers stated the following, "Preserving innocent lives and de-escalating dangerous situations has always been, and will continue to be, a core value for Los Angeles police officers. We train on these values at our academy and practice them every day in the service of our community.   We worked hard to formalize these values into a department policy that will provide for the ability of police officers to protect their personal safety and the  safety of innocent bystanders."
KTLA 5 Video

Man Tries To Blow Up ATMs To Get Cash: Police
A man was expected to appear in court Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of blowing up and trying to steal money from an ATM in Burbank and another ATM in Los Angeles, police said. Yakov Rozenoyer, 35, of Glendale was arrested on April 13 and was held on $500,000 bail, said Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green. On Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office filed two counts of possessing and exploding a destructive/explosive device, two counts of felony vandalism, and one count of burglary against Rozenoyer, Green said. Rozenoyer was expected to appear in court today in downtown Los Angeles, Green said. The Burbank crime occurred about 4:20 a.m. on April 8 at the Magnolia Car Wash, in the 900 block of West Magnolia Boulevard, Green said. Officers went there "regarding a loud noise and possible explosion," Green said. "When police officers arrived, they found a stand-alone automated teller machine located outside of the cashier's office with significant damage," Green said.
Woman's Body Found At Base Of Point Fermin Park Cliff
A young woman's body was found today at the base of a cliff near Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. The body was discovered about 6:20 a.m. about 175 feet down the steep embankment in the general area of Gaffey Street and Paseo del Mar, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Information was not immediately available on the identity of the woman, who was about 20 years old, the coroner's office reported. Investigators were working to determine if the woman fell or jumped from the cliff.
Los Angeles Daily News
2 Shootings Near West Hollywood May Have Been Murder-Suicide
Two shootings just about a mile from each other in and near West Hollywood may be a murder-suicide. A shooting was initially reported at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday in the 8700 block of Rosewood Avenue, near Robertson and Beverly boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Trina Schrader said. Responding deputies found the woman on the sidewalk of a residential neighborhood, being treated by fire personnel for a gunshot wound to the upper body, Schrader said. The woman died at the scene. Just a mile away, LAPD officers found a man who shot himself in his car as it was parked in a garage on Croft – just about a mile away — shortly after the woman was found. One detective says it appears the manhunt is over for any suspects, but both shootings have not yet been confirmed by police as a murder-suicide.
LA County Coroner Cuts Body Backlog, But Request For More Funding Rejected
A year after the Los Angeles County coroner abruptly resigned amid a backlog of bodies to be examined and hundreds of pending toxicology reports, some progress has been made inside one of the busiest morgues in the nation. However, the department's request for additional funding was rejected Monday when the county released its proposed $30 billion budget. In March, 2016, 180 bodies were waiting to be processed. That number has now been cut in half, according to coroner spokesman Ed Winter.  On Friday, about 80 bodies were awaiting examination, with 17 scheduled for autopsies, Winter said. The number of toxicology reports also has been reduced. Last year, 2,400 reports were pending compared with 945 now. By this summer, 90 percent of the cases will have toxicology reports completed within 90 days, said Dr. Christopher Rogers, acting chief medical examiner-coroner in response to a Southern California News Group request for information.
Los Angeles Daily News
California Bill Would Make It Harder To Punish Police Officers Who Have Been Accused Of Lying
It would be more difficult for police departments in California to discipline officers accused of lying under under a plan proposed by a Los Angeles lawmaker. Democratic Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles believes current rules allow law enforcement agencies to unfairly target cops who simply make mistakes. His bill, which cleared its first committee hurdle on Tuesday, would raise the standard of proof in cases where officers were accused of lying. “The consequence of a false and misleading statement has huge implications on prosecutions and a police officer's career,” Santiago said. “The result of being found guilty of a false statement is so horrible, you're going to get fired no matter how many medals you have,” said Gary Ingemunson, independent counsel for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which is the bill's principal backer. Ingemunson said the bill would shield officers who were disciplined because they didn't remember making statements or were being unfairly targeted by management.“Does this make it harder to fire bad cops? My answer to that is this makes it harder to fire good cops,” he said.
Los Angeles Times
Pig-In-Uniform Painter Loses Challenge Over Capitol Artwork's Removal
A federal judge has rejected efforts to reinstall in the U.S. Capitol a painting that some lawmakers and police groups found offensive. David Pulphus, a student artist from Missouri, and Rep. William Clay, his Democratic congressman, had sued Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers for removing the painting in January. They sought a preliminary injunction to have the painting restored as the lawsuit proceeds, but the judge denied their motion. The painting showed a piglike creature in a police uniform as part of a depiction of events in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in 2014. Pulphus painted it when he was a student at Cardinal Ritter High School in St. Louis. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said in his ruling that the government used its editorial discretion in the selection and presentation of the art. As a result, it was engaging in “government speech,” and the plaintiffs have no First Amendment right to display the painting at the Capitol.
The Mercury News
Jeff Sessions: ‘Avoid harmful federal intrusion'
Violent crime is surging in American cities. To combat this wave of violence and protect our communities, we need proactive policing. Yet in some cities, such policing is diminishing — with predictably dire results. In Chicago, arrests have fallen 36% since 2014 to the lowest level in at least 16 years. Last year, they fell in every major crime category, and they fell in every single district in the city. To put that in perspective, out of more than 500 non-fatal shootings in early 2016, only seven resulted in any sort of arrest. That's 1%. Not surprisingly, as arrest rates plummeted in those years, the murder rate nearly doubled. Meanwhile in Baltimore, while arrests have fallen 45% in the past two years, homicides have risen 78%, and shootings have more than doubled.
USA Today

Local Government News

Airbnb warns that L.A.'s budget could suffer from restricting short-term rentals
Airbnb is warning Los Angeles leaders that the city could face a budgetary blow if it restricts how many days Angelenos can rent out rooms or whole homes for short stays.  Such rentals are currently illegal in many residential areas of Los Angeles, according to the planning department, but the rules are  rarely enforced.  As the debate over legalizing and regulating such rentals has dragged on, Los Angeles has already started taxing them, generating millions through a deal reached with the company last year. City officials estimate the agreement has already brought in more than $20 million in lodging taxes this budget year.
Los Angeles Times
$30B Proposed County Budget Highlights Spending On Homelessness, Child Welfare
Los Angeles County's $30 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which was unveiled Monday, includes $355 million in spending to reduce homelessness, nearly $100 million in criminal justice reforms and more than $1 billion in infrastructure spending, including progress on a new downtown jail. The spending blueprint also includes funding to hire 220 additional social workers to reduce child welfare caseloads, Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai told reporters. “It focuses on progress and people, expands the services to the most vulnerable, accelerates innovation in healthcare, advances criminal justice reforms and continues to commit to responsible fiscal practices,” she said. Hamai warned that spending could shift due to uncertainties about funding at state and federal levels. However, an anticipated $355 million in new revenue from voter-approved Measure H should give the county lots of running room on one of its most important priorities, reducing homelessness.


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