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May 9, 2017

Law Enforcement News

California Peace Officers Honor Fallen Comrades
Law enforcement agencies from across California converged Monday on the State Capitol for an annual ceremony at the California Peace Officer's Memorial. Among those to honor officers killed in the of duty in 2016 were Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “We're not perfect. Our society is not perfect. There are forces of darkness, and instead of giving into that, we constantly have to resist darkness,” Brown said. “Officers every day are out there as the expression of our law, which is at the heart of a democracy and a free country. “This ceremony is all about those who have died and our remembrance of them, but it's also about digging deeper into our own understanding of what it means to be a citizen of this country and this state,” he said. “It is intimately connected with our traditions, with our law and the enforcement of that law.” Chief Bryan Reyes of the Palm Springs Police Department, which lost two officers in October, delivered the ceremony's keynote address, which drew prolonged applause from the hundreds of officers from across the state in attendance. 
The Sacramento Bee
Off-Duty NYPD Officer Stabbed At Home
An 18-year-old man was charged with stabbing an off-duty police officer and slashing another man after he crashed a party at the cop's East Elmhurst home over the weekend, police said on Sunday. Diego Valesco drunkenly wandered into the home by the corner of 30th Avenue and 94th Street about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, authorities said. But when Valesco was being escorted out of the house by the 43-year-old officer, he lashed out, stabbing the off-duty cop in the arm and slashing a 59-year-old man, police said. Valesco, who lives in Jamaica, was charged with two counts of felony assault. The officer and the other man were taken to New York-Presbyterian hospital in Queens, where the officer was treated and released, police said.
Prowler Dies After Standoff With LAPD At Sunland-Tujunga Home
A man who broke into a Sunland-Tujunga area home while a resident was inside was killed after a dramatic standoff with Los Angeles SWAT officers. After an hours-long confrontation, smoke was seen pouring out the back door of the home and the man crawled out, then tumbled down the adjacent hillside. He remained motionless on the hillside for some time before SWAT officers descended the hill with K-9s. The K-9s were first to approach him and he remained motionless when bitten, before the officers approached and cuffed him. The Los Angeles Police Department later confirmed the man had died. The incident began around 9 a.m., when a call came in indicating that a break-in was in progress at the home on the 11300 block of Alethea Drive, police said. 
Driver Is Shot In The Leg During Argument With Another Motorist
A man who was shot in the leg early Monday morning in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles drove himself to the hospital and was in stable condition, authorities said. The 37-year-old was stopped in his car at the corner of Western and Slauson avenues around 2:45 a.m. when another car pulled up alongside him, said Los Angeles Police Dept. Officer Liliana Preciado. The drivers got into an argument, and the driver of first car said he heard gunshots, then realized he had been shot in the leg, Preciado said. He drove himself to a hospital. Police are investigating the incident, which they believe to be gang related, she said. No suspects were in custody.
Los Angeles Times
LAPD Audit Finds Overall Strong Compliance With Body, Dash Cams
LAPD officers are by and large following the rules regarding their body and dashboard cameras, although compliance lags a bit in some areas, according to an internal audit to be presented at  Tuesday's Board of Police Commissioners meeting. The audit measured whether officers are complying with a range of requirements, including making sure the equipment is working at the beginning of a shift, uploading videos at the end of a shift and turning the cameras on prior to starting any enforcement action. The audit found compliance topped 90 percent in three of the department's four geographic bureaus (South, Central and Valley).  But the report found compliance dropped to 77 percent in the West Bureau. One officer who helped conduct the audit said that West Bureau's performance is actually up to par, because it hasn't had dashboard cameras for as long as the other geographic areas. "We've witnessed a similar growth curve in compliance rates in the other bureaus," said Officer Michael Hackman of the evaluation and administration section of the LAPD's Office of Operations.
Mysterious South LA Kidnapping: 1 Arrest, 1 Suspect On The Loose
A man who allegedly kidnapped two people in South Los Angeles was in custody Monday, and police were seeking the public's help in locating a second suspect. The Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division was notified of a kidnapping last Thursday at 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 39th Street. Detectives learned “that at least two Los Angeles citizens had been kidnapped by at least two suspects, with one victim released later in the day,” according to an LAPD statement. At 6:30 a.m. Friday, the second victim was rescued in Compton and Keith Stewart, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and “numerous items of evidence were recovered, including weapons and narcotics,” police reported. A motive for the alleged kidnapping has not been determined, nor did police reveal any information about the victims or details of the abduction. Stewart was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. No description of the second suspect was made available, but anyone with information that could aid investigators was urged to call detectives at (213) 486-6840.
Police Seek To ID Men Caught On Video Parking Outside Shooting Victim's Harbor City Home Moments Before He Was Killed
New surveillance footage has given police a lead in a case involving a Harbor City man who was killed in his own backyard earlier this year. Officers are seeking the public's help in identifying two of the men seen emerging from a white van outside the victim's residence, Los Angeles police said in a statement issued Monday. Police have identified the third man caught on surveillance as 22-year-old Harbor City resident Andy Leonel Garcia but are unsure of his whereabouts. The victim, Juan Ignacio Alcala, was shot dead Jan. 18 around 4:25 p.m. in the backyard of his home in the 1200 block of West 256th Street, according to LAPD. Investigators determined the 29-year-old was standing in his yard when his killers approached and shot him multiple times. The new footage shows three men parking a white van, described as a 1998 Chevrolet Astro, outside Alcala's home. Garcia was the driver, according to police, and is seen parking the van on 256th Street before getting out of the vehicle with two other men.

South LA auto shop burned, threatening message left
Arson investigators were at the scene of an auto body shop fire today in South Los Angeles, where three cars were burned after a threatening message was found on one of the shop's doors, according to reports from the scene. The fire occurred just after 2:30 a.m. at Richard's Auto Repair at 8024 S. Western Ave., NBC4 reported. The words “I will kill your family” were painted on the door of the shop. No one was injured in the fire.
Los Angeles Daily News
Man Punches Reporter In Head, Leads Police On Chase Through South LA
A man was arrested Monday after physically assaulting a television news reporter and leading police on a chase through South Los Angeles that ended in Inglewood. According to witnesses at the scene, the suspect punched the reporter in the head and then sped off. Police gave chase, tailing the man to Inglewood near the 405 Freeway, where the man pulled over. Police then surrounded the vehicle and took the man into custody without incident.
Slain Pregnant Hawthorne Woman's Boyfriend, Hitman Found Guilty in Her 2001 Death
More than 15 years after a pregnant woman was shot dead in her Hawthorne apartment, her boyfriend and the hitman he hired were both convicted in the killing on Monday, officials said. Derek Paul Smyer — the woman's boyfriend at the time of her death — was found guilty of one count each of first-degree murder with the special circumstances of murder for financial gain and multiple murders, second-degree murder and conspiracy and two counts of solicitation of murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A separate jury found 35-year-old Skyler Jefferson Moore, the alleged hitman, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and multiple murders and one count of conspiracy. Smyer, who is now 36, became upset with his girlfriend Crystal Dejuanna Taylor in August 2001 when he learned she was pregnant and declined to have an abortion, according to court testimony.
Police Chief Who Cut New Orleans' Murder Rate In Half Dies At 70
Richard Pennington, who took over as police chief in New Orleans at the height of the mid-1990s murder epidemic and fulfilled a promise to slash the city's homicide rate by half, died in hospice care Thursday in Georgia. He was 70. Hailed for cleaning up a corruption-plagued force that saw two New Orleans police officers sent to death row, Pennington capped off a triumphant eight-year tenure as police superintendent with an unsuccessful bid to take the place of his boss, Marc Morial, as mayor in 2002. Far from a natural politician, Pennington was beaten handily by businessman Ray Nagin and soon left to become police chief in Atlanta, a job he held until his retirement in 2010. Pennington suffered a stroke months after he left that job, according to Atlanta media reports. Word of his death drew a host of fond memories from those who knew and worked with him, including Morial.
The Advocate

Public Safety News

Two Injured In South LA House Fire
Two people were injured after fire rips through a house in South Los Angeles near the intersection of Denker Avenue and West 42nd Place. The fire was reported just after 8:30AM on Monday by a passerby who noticed smoke. "We called 911," said William Arcia, "I [then] went inside because a child was saying her mom was in one of the rooms, but the smoke was so thick and it was so strong that I could not get in." As the home filled with smoke William grabbed the child and ran outside. "She did not want to leave her mom in the bedroom, she was knocking on the door. I told her lets go you got to get out," said Arcia, " I then helped the grandma from the couch and said you guys got to get out." When firefighters it was a rookie firefighter who rescued the woman by pulling her from a bedroom window. "She was heroically rescued by a provisionary firefighter who just arrived from the fire academy," said David Ortiz a Public Information Officer with LAFD.  FOX 11

Local Government News

Furor Over Bray-Ali's Online Comments Provides A Lift To Cedillo, The Unpopular Incumbent
With the May 16 election approaching, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo looked relaxed as he strode to the lectern at a Lincoln Heights park groundbreaking on a recent morning, speaking after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and state Senate leader Kevin de Leon. “Rise and shine, everybody,” Cedillo told the crowd, before making a joke about politicians' long speeches. Cedillo is having a good couple of weeks. His opponent in the District 1 runoff, Joe Bray-Ali, is under fire over comments he made in an online forum that encourages racism and fat-shaming. Bray-Ali's campaign took another hit when the candidate — to head off any more damaging revelations — posted on Facebook that he had “slept with several other women” who were not his wife and owes nearly $50,000 in state business taxes and fees. Still, the incumbent faces widespread criticism from his constituents. Neighborhood leaders across his district say they never see him and that his staff members are unresponsive and don't attend community events.
Los Angeles Times
Deadline To Vote In LA's General Election Is Tuesday
Tuesday is the deadline to get a vote-by-mail ballot application to the Los Angeles city clerk's office to be eligible to take part in the city's May 16 general municipal election. Vote-by-mail applications can be found online at or picked up in person at the city clerk's office at the Piper Technical Center at 555 Ramirez St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There are two Los Angeles City Council seats up for grabs on May 16, along with two Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education seats. One citywide ballot measure will also be decided. In the First District, Councilman Gil Cedillo is being challenged by Joe Bray-Ali. The candidates for the open seat in the Seventh District are Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian. In the LAUSD's Fourth District, Nick Melvoin is challenging board President Steve Zimmer, while Kelly Gonez and Imelda Padilla are vying for the open seat in the Sixth District. Measure C would change the rules on police disciplinary boards to add the option of officers facing an all-civilian panel as an alternative to a panel of two command-level officers and one civilian.


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