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May 5, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Parole Granted for Plotter in LA Policeman's Killing, Outrages L.A. Cops
A man convicted of helping assassinate a Los Angeles police detective three decades ago is being paroled. A California parole board on Tuesday upheld the release of 54-year-old Voltaire Williams. He could be freed within a week after spending 27 years behind bars. The Los Angeles Police Protective League on Wednesday called the parole "outrageous" and an affront to peace officers.  A clear message should be sent to the bad guys, that if you're going to commit these acts against law enforcement, you're going to be held accountable," said Steve Gordon, a Director with the LAPPL
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LAPD Officer In Desperate Need Of Filipino Bone Marrow Match
The chances of finding a bone marrow match are already challenging, but since registry numbers are lower for many ethnic groups, the odds for these matches are even slimmer. An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department hopes to find a match from someone who shares his Filipino heritage. At CrossFit Live in Norwalk, most people in these fitness classes share a common heritage. "Primarily 90 percent are Filipinos here," said owner Norman Andres. And they share a desire to help seven-year LAPD veteran and father of two Matthew Medina. His wife, Angelee Medina, said "This whole experience has been an emotional roller coaster since he was diagnosed." Matthew Medina is suffering from a blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. A bone marrow transplant is crucial to his survival. His weakened immune system prevents him from attending drives organized for him. "It seems like it's been non-stop support from family, friends and co-workers," Matthew Medina said.
LAPD Holds Memorial Ceremony For Officers Killed While On Duty
The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday held an annual ceremony at the Police Academy honoring the officers who have been killed while on duty. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on May 4, 2017.  Since 1907, 208 LAPD officers have been killed iin the line of duty.
Hunt For Bike-Riding Suspect: He Bashed Victim On Head For No Reason, Then Took Off
Police Thursday sought public help in identifying an attempted murder suspect on a bicycle who smashed a man over the head in the Carthay area, sending him to a hospital and leaving him unable to provide investigators with information about the attack. Officers responded about 6:15 p.m. on April 22 to the area of Crescent Heights and Wilshire boulevards to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon report, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. “Upon arrival, they found a victim suffering from a 6-inch laceration to the back of his head,” the statement said. “The investigation revealed the suspect was riding a bicycle when he approached the victim from behind. The suspect got off of his bicycle and struck the victim over the head with an unknown hard object.” The suspect then rode off on the bike, police said. “Due to the nature of the victim's injuries (he) is unable to provide detectives with any additional information,” according to the LAPD.
LAPD Pursuit Ends After Driver Crashes Into Car In South L.A.
A Los Angeles police pursuit ended after the driver crashed into several cars in South Los Angeles on Thursday evening. The pursuit ended at the intersection of 105th Street and Figueroa Street around 7 p.m., according to officials. Video from Sky5 shows at least one man being transported to an ambulance with undisclosed injuries at the scene. Multiple police cruisers and ambulances were in the area. The man being transported to the hospital is seen cuffed to his gurney. The pursuit involved at least two other collisions in the area. A minor traffic collision occurred at the beginning of the pursuit and another crash occurred a short time afterwards before the pursuit ended with the final crash at 105th Street. Video from Sky5 showed a woman leaving her car at the scene of the crash and speaking with officers.
Heroin Smuggling Coincidence At LAX: Suspects Didn't Know Each Other But Were Nabbed On Same Day
Two alleged heroin couriers working separately but arrested on the same day are expected to face a federal judge on June 8 on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin worth a total of nearly $500,000 on commercial flights leaving Los Angeles International Airport. The two men were taken into custody on the same day, but they apparently did not know each other and were passengers on different airlines. Cristian Santos, 21, of Compton, was arrested Tuesday at LAX by special agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after boarding a Delta Airlines flight, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. DEA agents also arrested Joel Aron, 18, of Tijuana, Mexico, after he boarded a Hawaiian Airlines flight at LAX on the same day. The suspects — charged in separate federal criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Los Angeles — apparently do not know each other. Prosecutors allege that narcotics were discovered in Santos' luggage after he checked in for an Indianapolis-bound flight.
Law Enforcement Plans Cinco de Mayo DUI Saturation Patrols
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is among the law enforcement agencies planning to conduct DUI saturation patrols Friday in connection with Cinco de Mayo. The department's DUI Enforcement Team will deploy DUI saturation patrols from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday in areas where DUI collisions are frequent. The Monterey Park and Pasadena police departments will conduct DUI saturation patrols from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Cinco de Mayo is among the holidays when drunken and drugged driving is higher than usual. There were 40 people killed nationwide in impaired driving crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period in 2015, according to the sheriff's department. High visibility enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols has decreased the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-related crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely, according to the sheriff's department.
5 Shootings, 3 Injured, 1 Dead: Couple Charged In Rampage Across Southeast L.A. County
A young couple was charged Thursday with carrying out a string of violent crimes last weekend, shooting other drivers and pedestrians in a three-hour span across southeast Los Angeles County. Their targets were random: people walking in Whittier or waiting at a stoplight in La Mirada. By the end, one man lay dead and three others were wounded. On Thursday, Los Angeles County prosecutors filed one murder charge and 14 counts of attempted murder against Alejandro Lazo, 21, and Reyna Gomez, 27. Both were being held in county jail on $16-million bond and, if convicted, face up to life in prison. “These are senseless acts of violence — acts committed on innocent people that were merely enjoying the day, running errands in what they believed was a safe area,” L.A. County Sheriff's Department Capt. Christopher Bergner said at a news conference. The rampage began about 1 p.m. Saturday, authorities said, when Gomez and Lazo were riding in a white Kia Rio and shot a pedestrian near Carmenita Road and Trumball Street south of Whittier.
Los Angeles Times
2 Chicago Cops Shot With Rifle In Area Where Gangs Increasingly Use High-Powered Guns
Two plainclothes officers wounded in the Back of the Yards neighborhood were shot with a high-powered rifle in an area where street gangs have been increasingly using military-style weapons, Chicago police said Wednesday. Investigators have seized a rifle believed to have been used in the attack in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue, along with a handgun. They also arrested three people and were searching for others, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. One officer was hit in the arm and hip, the other in the back. Both were “recovering at home” Wednesday after spending the night in Stroger Hospital, Guglielmi said. Names of the Deering District tactical officers have not been released, but one of them is the son of a high-ranking Chicago police official, sources said. In a statement, the Police Department said the shooting took place about 9:10 p.m.
Chicago Tribune
Escaped Inmate Who Shot At Cop's House Found After 6-Day Search
Authorities say a prisoner who escaped from a Maryland psychiatric hospital was found hiding in a drainage pipe a half-mile away after a six-day search. Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said at a news conference Thursday that officers using night-vision equipment found 28-year-old David Watson on Wednesday night after a sighting nearby. Watson was serving more than 100 years in Delaware for a drive-by shooting that put bullet holes in an officer's house. Gardner says Watson resisted slightly as he was pulled from the pipe. The search began Friday when officials say Watson freed himself from restraints and escaped from the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center parking lot. Gardner says investigators believe the escape was spontaneous and Watson stayed within a 2-mile radius. He told police he ate from trashcans and drank from puddles. 
Associated Press
This police officer killed an intruder 8 years ago. It ended his career. Now he's fighting back.
Kirk Lawless had just begun an overnight shift in 2009 when he jumped on a call to back up a rookie cop responding to a home invasion. Within seconds, Lawless had shot and killed an 18-year-old coming toward him with a gun. It was the only time he shot anyone in his nearly 28-year career, he said. Lawless received a medal of valor for killing the man and possibly saving the lives of the rookie and two people inside the house. But the shooting ultimately ended Lawless' police career because of the resulting post-traumatic stress diagnosis. Florissant fired him in 2012 over his inability to return to the streets.
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Local Government News

Hire A Hooker, Lose Your Car: LA Praises Proposed Prostitution Crackdown Law
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez praised a State Assembly bill passed Thursday that could result in pimps and johns having their vehicles impounded as part of a pilot program to crack down on prostitution. AB 1206 was approved with a 60-1 vote by the Assembly and would create a 24-month pilot program in Los Angeles. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, who represents the 39th Assembly District in the northeastern San Fernando Valley, which includes Lankershim Boulevard in the Sun Valley and North Hollywood area, a longtime focal point for street prostitution. Martinez also represents the northeast San Fernando Valley. “For years I've looked for a partner in Sacramento to help push this bill, and finally found one with the leadership of Assemblymember Bocanegra,” Martinez said.
Skid row neighborhood council is back in play after panel upholds advocates' complaints
A Los Angeles panel has recommended that the city let skid row residents form a separate neighborhood council or order a new election in the epicenter of Los Angeles homelessness. Downtown voters last month narrowly defeated a proposal for a skid row council to break away from other central city groups. But during five hours of discussion and comments Wednesday night that referenced both Martin Luther King Jr. and attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr., homeless and other skid row residents accused the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council of using a “front group” called Unite DTLA to illegally campaign against their secession bid. Los Angeles Times


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