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May 18, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Southwest Honors Slain Cops' Families, Colleagues On Flight
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant took a moment to honor law enforcement while giving landing instructions. Flight attendant Ange Mertens wrote on Facebook that she was “honored” to have over 100 Texas officers on her flight that day, including four families of officers killed in the line of duty. The videos, taken by a passenger, show Mertens announce that the majority of the people on the flight were returning from Police Week in Washington D.C. “We are so thankful that you serve and we know that we are not safe without you,” she said on the intercom. “We do appreciate all of your service.” She asked passengers to allow the families of fallen officers to disembark the plane first. In a follow-up video, the entire plane erupts in applause as the families exit the plane. 

Officer Who Nearly Died In Shooting 30 Years Ago Reflects With Gratitude
It felt like a bowling ball to the gut, he would say later. For something that weighed less than a quarter ounce, the .32-caliber bullet packed a wallop, "ping-ponging" around the internal organs of the 6 foot, 230-pound, well-muscled officer, leaving him near death. Entering the left side of the abdomen, the projectile tore through Lem Dermid's stomach and two critical blood vessels, including one that returns blood directly to the heart. It bounced off a rib on his right side, damaged his spleen and pancreas, and inflicted kidney damage, before lodging in his upper right abdomen — where it remains today. "I knew I'd been shot — it felt like a baseball bat — and I thought the wind had just been knocked out of me," said Dermid, recalling the events of that day 30 years ago, May 19, 1987. "I went down and I landed on my back. My pistol was in my hand. The hammer was back on the pistol, and I knew I'd fired. Then I went out." And he nearly died. "

After election loss, critics of Charter Amendment C call for sweeping review of LAPD discipline Reeling from a major defeat at the polls, a handful of police accountability groups called Wednesday for Los Angeles city leaders to overhaul the process used to select civilians who review allegations of serious officer misconduct. The call came one day after voters decisively approved Charter Amendment C, a union-backed measure to allow three-member LAPD disciplinary panels — known formally as Boards of Rights — to be composed entirely of civilians. Craig Lally, the police union's president, said those comments amount to “sour grapes.” “Rather than accepting the will of the voters, these so-called advocates for police accountability would rather drive a wedge between the public and their police officers, because that advances their disingenuous narrative and that's what keeps their coffers filled,” he said. “It's both shameful and absurd.” Los Angeles Times

Police Seek 7 Women Who Attended Pacoima ‘Flier Party' Where 22-Year-Old Was Fatally Stabbed
Police Wednesday sought the public's help in identifying and locating seven women who last fall attended a party in Pacoima where a 22- year-old man was fatally stabbed. Victor Garcia of El Monte was fatally wounded about 2:20 a.m. Oct. 28 in the 12400 block of Bernadette Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers arrived to find Garcia lying on the street with witnesses performing CPR on him. Firefighters took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say Garcia had attended a “flier party,” so called because it had been promoted via handbills. “The suspects became so intoxicated and belligerent that the homeowner asked them to leave the party,” according to a police statement. “This further angered the suspects and they became confrontational.”

Man Wounded In Pacoima Shooting
A man was shot and wounded at a gas station in Pacoima, police said today. The shooting was reported about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday at Pacoima Gas at 13570 Van Nuys Blvd., said Los Angeles police Lt. Brian O'Connor. The man displayed stable vital signs as he was being taken to a hospital, he said. No description of the shooter was released.
Los Angeles Daily News

Three Armed Suspects Rob Home Of Rapper A$AP Rocky, $1.5m In Jewelry Stolen
Three robbers, at least one of them armed, made off with $1.5 million in jewelry in a home invasion in Beverly Grove, police said Wednesday. The home belongs to a rapper and songwriter A$AP Rocky, also known as Rakim Mayers, news media outlets reported. The robbery happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of North Flores Street where a woman was walking into a home when she was approached by three males, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. One of the robbers produced a gun and the suspects forced the woman back into the home, Preciado said. The suspects took the jewelry and attempted to take a safe but ended up leaving it on a sidewalk, Preciado said.
FOX 11

Rumble Strips' Proposed To Slow Down San Fernando Valley Street Racers
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a plan to install “rumble strips” on at least one San Fernando Valley street known for  illegal  street racing. City Councilman Mitch Englander proposed the $14,000 pilot program, which would implement the strips on Plummer Avenue between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, a section of the Valley known for its popularity with  street  racers.  While similar to speed bumps, rumble strips  are much more abrasive  – and potentially damaging – to cars engaged in high-speed racing, according to Englander's motion.

Detectives Looking For Guilt-Tripping iPhone Thief
Detectives today sought the public's help in identifying a man who used a guilt trip over racism to steal iPhones from a store in the Winnetka area before traveling to Oxnard and doing the same. The suspect entered a Boost Mobile store in the 19700 block of Vanowen Street, near Corbin Avenue, about 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, and asked a clerk to show him new iPhones, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. When the clerk refused to show the man new phones but instead directed him to tethered display models, the suspect, who is black, accused the employee of being racist, police said. "Fearing being labeled a racist, the salesperson presented the new iPhones to the suspect,” according to a police statement. “Once the phones were in his reach, the suspect grabbed the phones and fled the business.” 
Los Angeles Daily News

Mother Pleads For Help In Finding Her 5-Year-Old Boy, Missing Since April
Ana Estevez's 5-year-old son recently asked whether the happiest day of her life was when he was born. She told him it was the “best day ever.” Now she holds out hope that the next best day of her life will be when her boy returns home.  “It has been 32 days [and] almost three hours since I last hugged my son, kissed him or told him how much I love him,” she said Wednesday during a news conference where authorities asked for the public's help for information regarding the child's disappearance.  Estevez reported her son — Aramazd Andressian Jr., also known as “Piqui” — missing April 22 after her estranged husband failed to show up for a planned custody exchange in San Marino.  Since then, multiple law enforcement agencies have scoured land from Santa Barbara County to South Pasadena in search of the child. Authorities are hoping a $20,000 reward for information will inspire someone to come forward with clues. There is also a  GoFundMe account  to supplement the reward.
Los Angeles Times

Wisconsin And California Lawmakers Take Aim At 'Stealthing'
Wisconsin state Rep. Melissa Sargent and California state Rep. Cristina Garcia both say exposing partners to the risk of a sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy without their knowledge amounts to sexual assault and should be treated as such under the law. "This is rape," Sargent said. "This is nonconsensual sexual assault. We need to call it what it is." Sargent, of Madison, believes the proposal she introduced this month is the nation's first to address stealthing. The bill would require sexual partners to consent to removing condoms or any other physical device intended to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection. Sargent said she'd been familiar with the concept of stealthing for years, but didn't know there was a word for it until reading an April article in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law by then-law student Alexandra Brodsky that described the practice and considered possible legal remedies. Sargent said that since introducing her bill, she's heard from several people in Wisconsin who say they were victims of stealthing. "Everyone has their own story," she said. "But the common thread is, 'This happened to me. I knew it wasn't right, but I didn't know what to call it.'"

Local Government News

City Council winners: Gil Cedillo, Monica Rodriguez, labor
Los Angeles voters picked seasoned political veterans in Tuesday's election, reelecting City Councilman Gil Cedillo and electing Monica Rodriguez to the City Council in races that saw a flood of spending by labor groups. Rodriguez, a former Board of Public Works commissioner appointed by Garcetti, had the backing of at least seven City Council members and will fill the seat vacated by Felipe Fuentes, who resigned last year to become a lobbyist. The City Council has just one other female member, San Fernando Valley Councilwoman Nury Martinez. Rodriguez raised more than $305,650, nearly double the amount raised by Torossian, according to the latest fundraising filings. She also benefited from more than $200,000 in outside spending in the runoff, with police union and business groups helping her campaign.
Los Angeles Times

LA City Council Debates $9.2B Budget For Fiscal Year
The Los Angeles City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday at which it will debate a $9.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, then vote on it. The budget has a $456 million increase in revenue over the 2016-17 budget, a 5.2 percent bump made possible in part by a series of city, county and state tax hikes. As a result of the increased revenue, many departments and constituent services are seeing budget increases while the city also preserves a 5 percent reserve fund. The tax hikes includes a county sales tax increase for transportation projects through Measure M; a county sales tax increase for homeless services through Measure H; bond funding for homeless housing though Measure HHH; a cannabis tax through Proposition M; and a state legislative measure for transit through Senate Bill 1. “This is a sensible budget that improves neighborhood services, increases funding for public safety and transportation measures, invests in street and sidewalk repair, works to reduce homelessness and puts money back into our community parks,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.


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