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May 3, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Police Say Chicago Officers Shot And Wounded Were Targeted
Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded late Tuesday when two vehicles pulled up alongside their car and someone started firing indiscriminately in what authorities believe was a targeted attack. One officer was shot in the arm and hip and the other in the back, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson visited them at Stroger Hospital and said both were alert and expected to recover. “We believe that the officers were definitely targeted,” Guglielmi told The Associated Press. The shooting happened in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a high crime area on the city's South Side. The officers were conducting a follow up investigation to a previous incident when two vehicles pulled up and those inside began firing. The officers were wearing civilian clothes at the time but had on vests with police badges on them, Guglielmi said.
Los Angeles Daily News
Police Panel Calls For More LAPD Reforms To Address Racial Bias, Discipline And Community Policing
Los Angeles police commissioners approved a wide-ranging set of recommendations on Tuesday that called on the LAPD to improve how it guards against possible racial bias by officers, strengthen community policing and evaluate the department's discipline system. The recommendations, 25 in all, are part of the civilian panel's broader push to further reform the LAPD, which has included significant adjustments to how officers are trained and when they are allowed to use force. Steve Gordon, a director of the union that represents the LAPD's rank-and-file, said he was glad the board required the LAPD to meet with the union when implementing the changes. Officers can bring important perspectives when figuring out how to adjust policing practices, he said. “If anybody has an idea on how we as an organization can do police work better, we are all ears,” Gordon said. “We want to hear what these are, but we want to be at the table.”
Los Angeles Times
Attacker Sought in Echo Park Stabbing
A man was stabbed several times in his chest and face Tuesday in Echo Park. At 1:57 a.m., three witnesses observed the victim walking from an alley in the area of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard and the suspected assailant in the attack walking away from the scene, said Lt. Nate Williams of the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division. The victim, who suffered a puncture wound to one of his lungs, was expected to survive, Williams said. Police also found a trail of blood in the 1500 block of Sunset Boulevard, believed to be that of the victim's, Williams said.  Witnesses described the suspected assailant as white, between 40 and 50 years old, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. He was seen wearing a black shirt and gray pants.
Police Need Your Help In Solving Lincoln Heights Apparent Gang-Related Killing
Police Tuesday sought public help to solve an apparent gang-related shooting in the Lincoln Heights area that left a man dead and three other people wounded. The crime occurred about 3:40 a.m. Saturday at near Murchison Street and Lancaster Avenue. Joselito Ulloa, 32, of Los Angeles died at a hospital. A gunman “approached a group of people, confronted the group and fired multiple gunshots,” then fled in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with tinted windows, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The survivors were treated at a hospital and released.
23-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty To Felony DUI Charges In Venice Crash That Left 1 Firefighter Dead, Another 2 Injured
A Los Angeles man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to three felony charges for a fatal crash in Venice last month, officials said. Benjamin Albert Seider, 23, was allegedly drunk when he ran a red light at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Ocean Avenue on April 10, striking the vehicle of three firemen from Marietta, Georgia, who were on vacation. One of the firefighters, Ron Herens, was ejected from the group's Volkswagen and killed while the other two were seriously injured. The Marietta Police Department identified the wounded firemen as Doug Blanchard and Dillon Guest. L.A. district attorney's officials charged Seider on Tuesday with one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury. He was also hit with a special allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily injury on the victims, prosecutors said.
USC Student Charged With Raping Woman, 19, In Dorm
A University of Southern California student was charged with raping a 19-year-old woman on campus, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Armann Karim Premjee, 20, was charged with one count each of rape by use of drugs and sexual penetration by a foreign object. The sophomore is accused of sexually assaulting the woman in her campus dorm room sometime after 1 a.m. on April 1. According to the district attorney's office, the victim's roommate walked in when the alleged crime occurred. Premjee went into a bathroom, and when he returned, the roommate confronted him and he left, the district attorney's office said. Los Angeles police arrested Premjee on April 11. He was held on $100,000 bail, which he later posted. Prosecutors recommended bail be increased to $1 million. The judge decided to increase the bail to $200,000. USC students said they weren't shocked to hear about the rape case. Student Brittany Fleck even added that she wasn't shocked news of the case hadn't spread around campus. 
LAPD Seeks Public's Help In Solving Van Nuys Fatal Hit-And-Run
Los Angeles police are trying to find a suspect wanted in a hit-and-run crash early Sunday that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old man, authorities said. The victim was identified as John Andrew Yonko, said Rudy Molano, investigator with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Yonko's city of residence was not immediately known, Molano said. The crash happened around midnight Sunday when a pedestrian — later identified as Yonko — crossed east on Sepulveda Boulevard north of Vanowen Street outside the marked crosswalk, the Los Angeles Police Department said. LAPD Valley Traffic Division Detective William Bustos said Monday that Yonko was struck by a dark-colored four-door sedan traveling north on Sepulveda Boulevard. The car is similar to a Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, Bustos added. “When we look at video, we'll have more of a definitive description that will hopefully show the vehicle,” Bustos said. 
Los Angeles Daily News
Reward Offered As LA County Officials Search For Missing Boy
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities locate a 5-year-old boy missing since April 22. Investigators have asked for the public's help in finding Aramazd Andressian Jr., who was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father. Last week detectives searched the father's home in South Pasadena. The father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after being found unconscious at a park. He could not account for the whereabouts of his son, but was released days later after detectives decided not to present the case to the district attorney. The boy's mother says her estranged husband had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place. 
Los Angeles City Attorney Targets White Supremacist Gang
White supremacist gang members are facing eviction from homes where they sold guns and drugs, the Los Angeles city attorney said Tuesday. Lawsuits targeting members of the San Fernando Valley Peckerwoods seek injunctions preventing gang members from being at two homes where they based operations that are near schools and libraries, City Attorney Mike Feuer said. "We're fighting to prevent white supremacist gangs from threatening our neighborhoods with their toxic brew of violence, crime and hate," Feuer said in a statement. The lawsuits don't address specific hate crimes, but photos displayed at a press conference showing a confederate flag and swastikas on walls demonstrated "tremendous potential for extremely bad acts to take place," Feuer said. White supremacist gang members are facing eviction from homes where they sold guns and drugs, the Los Angeles city attorney said Tuesday.
Associated Press
FBI Coming To Los Angeles Looking To Recruit Women, Minorities
The FBI is hosting a rare recruiting event in Los Angeles on May 9 in hopes of diversifying its team with more women and minorities.  In the more than 13,000 special agents, 83 percent are Caucasian, 6.5 percent are Hispanic, 4.5 percent are Asian and about 4.4 percent are black.  "It's pretty important to have a general population in the FBI that matches the general population in the community because sometimes people relate better to people who they perceive are like them," explained Cathy Kramer, an FBI special agent.
We're Just Starting To Comprehend How Social Media Breeds Shootings
We probably could have predicted Gakirah Barnes's death based on the stories she left on Twitter. By the time she was 17, the self-identified gang member allegedly shot or killed 20 people. Gakirah would say things on social media like: "Vernon Dats Da Gun line Lil Troy u cross it u End up on Da Headlines. Vernon is a well-known street on the Southside of Chicago, and Gakirah is identifying it as the boundary between her and any rival crew or clique. Her handle, @TyquanAssassin, is a moniker she adopted after her good friend Tyquan Tyler  was killed in 2013. The devil and gun emoji indicate that crossing Vernon could lead to any transgressing rival being shot. Chicago saw a 58 percent increase in homicides between 2014 and 2016, effectively negating two-thirds of the decrease in homicides the city had experienced since the early 1990s. 
The Trace

Local Government News

Westside Oil Drilling Site Facing Questions Over Permit
Operators of an oil drilling site at a Westside golf course are facing criticism over alleged violations of Los Angeles city regulations. For more than 50 years, Hillcrest Beverly Oil Corporation has been drilling for oil on city-owned land between the Rancho Park Golf Course and the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. The city began an investigation after getting a tip that the company had installed a gas burner at the site. City Councilman Paul Koretz said some of the equipment had never been granted permits.
L.A. County Considers Another Path On Homelessness: Prevention
The calls on the hotline reflected life at its messiest: A single mom who left her boyfriend and was living in a motel. An out-of-stater who came for a job that fizzled. A low-income family with medical bills and a three-day eviction notice. The callers had one thing in common. They were not homeless — yet. When they reached the referral line at L.A. Family Housing in North Hollywood, the pained response once would have been, “If you wake up in your car tomorrow, call back,” said Kris Freed, vice president of programs at the non-profit agency. That's because traditional services for homeless people — shelters, housing assistance and case management — have one fundamental requirement: that the recipient is verifiably homeless. 
Los Angeles Times


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