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May 25, 2017

Law Enforcement News

DA's Report On San Bernardino Terrorist Attack Highlights Police Bravery In Gun Battle
San Bernardino terrorist attack survivors and victims' relatives will get a chance Thursday, May 25, to ask questions about a report released this week detailing how police officers took down the assailants on Dec. 2, 2015. The San Bernardino County District Attorney's 55-page interoffice memo, whose subject is simply “Officer Involved Fatal Incident,” lays out exactly how law enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded to the Inland Regional Center within minutes of the attack and killed the attackers in a massive gunfight nearby several hours later. San Bernardino County employee Syed Rizwan Farook was hit by at least 27 gunshots while his wife was struck by at least 15 – two to the top of the head — as officers fired about 440 rounds from rifles, shotguns and handguns – which the report found were proper uses of deadly force in self-defense and the defense of others.
Orange County Register

Suspected Gang Member Killed, Deputy Wounded In Compton Traffic Stop
A gunman believed to be a gang member was killed and a deputy was wounded in a deputy-involved shooting during a traffic stop in Compton, authorities said today. The shooting was reported at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of North Santa Fe Avenue, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Two Compton station deputies pulled over a white sedan with three people inside for traffic violations. One of the deputies opened one of the rear passenger doors, and a passenger on that side armed himself with a handgun, pointed it at one of the deputies and opened fire, Schrader said. The deputy returned fire and the gunman then fired on the second deputy, which is when a second deputy-involved shooting occurred, Schrader said. The gunman and one of the deputies were wounded during the shootout and taken to hospitals, where the suspect was pronounced dead and the deputy was treated for his injuries and released, Schrader said. The other deputy was not struck by gunfire, according to Schrader, but NBC4 reported the deputy suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Los Angeles Daily News

City Council Approves Budget to Restore LAPD Fingerprint Unit The Los Angeles City Council approved a budget to hire and restore the Los Angeles Police Department's drastically cut fingerprint unit.  First reported by NBC in September, the Los Angeles Police Department had restricted its police divisions to processing no more than four property crimes a month. The Los Angeles Police Protective League stated, " We're pleased that the City Council listened to our concerns and restored fingerprint analysts to help us better fight crime and keep our residents safe. Fingerprint evidence is a critical tool to linking crimes together. We're hopeful these positions are filled soon so we can begin to address the surge in crime our residents have been forced to suffer through."
NBC 4 Video

'It's A Life-Saving Organization.' LAPD SWAT Team Marks 50 Years
Since 1967, the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics team has gone into dangerous situations most officers are not equipped to handle. When SWAT officers come in, it is to respond to the most critical situations. "It's a life-saving organization," said Michael Albanese of the Burbank Police Department. "If there is a crisis, really we are the last phone call." The LAPD created a special unit back in the late 1960s and Michael Albanese was one of the first officers on the elite team. It was first formed as a quick response team. He recalls those early days when they were figuring out how to do it. "The equipment that we had was all hand-me-down stuff, it was seized property," Albanese said. "The sidearm we had was a Colt." Over the last half century, the equipment improved and they dealt with riots, hostage situations, barricaded suspects and now terrorism. "The name of the game now is as things change, we must change," Albanese said. "But at the same time, making sure that the things that work continue to work."

15-Year-Old Boy In Critical Condition After Being Shot In Boyle Heights: LAPD
A 15-year-old boy was shot early Thursday in Boyle Heights, police said. At about 2:30 a.m. officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and found the teen suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Investigators told KTLA the shooting happened outside of a parked RV. The teen was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. No suspect information was released. The investigation was continuing.

Police Hunt Suspect Who Stabbed Man 13 Times Outside Taco Truck
Kris Brown was stabbed 13 times outside a taco stand but says he wasn't going to go down easily. “Even if I was going to die, I wanted people to know what this man was,” said Kris Brown. It's a story that is Only On 2. Brown. 46,  showed CBS 2's Rachel Kim the stab wounds that nearly took his life. He believe his attack was racially-motivated. On May 2nd around 2 a.m,, Brown was on his bike at a taco truck on Sunset Blvd and Echo Park Avenue. The Air Force veteran says as he was waiting, he noticed a strange man heading in his direction, coming down the sidewalk, looking at him with hate in his eyes. “He spit on my shoes, as I approached and looked at him, he pulled out two knives and[tried to] attack[ed] my eyeballs,” Brown says. Brown says the man, who was caught on security cameras, is his attacker. As Brown tried to defend himself, he was stabbed over and over again. The LAPD hopes someone can help identify the suspect — he has gray tips on his beard and was wearing a Planet Fitness t-shirt. Detectives believe he is extremely dangerous. 

Missing 1-Year-Old Boy Found Safe With Father In Oklahoma
A year-old boy and his father, who investigators believe abducted the child in Arleta, were located Wednesday in Oklahoma. Angel Yarbrough-Monterroso had last been seen in the company of his father, 27-year-old Alan Yarbrough, about 8 a.m. Saturday in the area of Arleta Avenue and Branford Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Yarbrough said he was taking Angel to a local park, but neither returned home and there had been no communication between the father and the boy's mother, police said. Police announced that both had been located in Oklahoma, and that the boy was in good health. It was unclear if his father, who has family ties in Oklahoma, was arrested or facing possible charges. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man injured in South LA hit and run
A man was hurt when he was struck in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles, police said today. The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m. in the area of 110th and Figueroa streets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Division. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was reported to have undergone surgery. A description of the vehicle was not immediately available.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Sheriff's Oversight Panel May Seek Shooting, Discipline Data
In what could be a test of its ability to influence policy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the agency's civilian oversight panel may vote on Thursday to urge Sheriff Jim McDonnell to release more shooting, use of force and discipline data. The nine-member Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission is scheduled to consider a motion that would ask the department to place a wide swath of information on its website. The commission does not have the power to compel the sheriff to release the information. Three years ago, McDonnell, under growing pressure to make the troubled department more transparent, promised to place more data on the department's public website. But the effort immediately was plagued by problems, including: privacy concerns expressed by the deputies' union; inconsistent data collection across the department; aging technology and a dearth of civilian employees devoted to entry and analysis, said department spokeswoman Carol Lin. The department could not yet provide estimates for how many more employees it would need, she said.

8 California Guards, 7 Inmates Sent To Hospital After Pelican Bay Prison Brawl
Eight California prison guards and seven inmates were taken to hospitals Wednesday after a fight between two inmates quickly raged out of control and required live ammunition to stop, corrections officials said. Officers fired 19 bullets from semiautomatic rifles and three hard-foam rounds to break up the melee at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border. Five of the seven injured inmates suffered gunshot wounds. One was expected to be airlifted to a different hospital for a higher level of care, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She said she didn't know the conditions of the others. Six of the eight injured guards were treated and released. Two were hospitalized with what officials called significant injuries but are expected to be released soon. One of those officers will eventually need surgery for an injured shoulder, Thornton said. “They all had ... facial injuries, bumps, bruises, contusions,” she said. “It's a frightening incident. It's frightening to have inmates just swarm you to overwhelm you and attack you.”
Los Angeles Times

Implementing Prop 57: Should non-violent sex offenders be eligible for parole?
In 2016, California voters approved a parole process overhaul for the state via Prop 57, after a heated debate about what the bill could mean for sex offenders convicted of non-violent crimes. When the regulations were released in March, they excluded non-violent sex offenders from early release considerations even though the measure did not. Advocacy groups are asking the state to revise the rules before their final approval in the fall, arguing the guidelines are unconstitutional. Under Prop 57, should non-violent sex offenders be eligible for parole?
AirTalk KPCC

Off-Duty Texas Border Patrol Agent Dies After Being Stabbed
A U.S. Border Patrol agent died at a hospital Wednesday after being stabbed during an assault while he was off-duty during the weekend, El Paso police officials said. Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales, 30, was fatally wounded when he was stabbed several times in a confrontation in the parking lot of The Union Draft House on Tierra Este Road next to Zaragoza Road, police said. Morales was "a kind, big hearted person who has the ability to light up any room with just his smile. Isaac has impacted many people, who can all attest to what an amazing person he is," states an online GoFundMe account set up when he was hospitalized. Hisaias Justo Lopez, 39, who was initially arrested on a charge of attempted murder, will now face a murder charge, police said. Lopez is being held at the El Paso County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Morales, his girlfriend and another couple were walking to their cars when Lopez began an unprovoked confrontation in the bar parking lot, police said. After Morales identified himself as a Border Patrol agent, Lopez allegedly attacked him with a knife and then ran.
El Paso Times

Local Government News

Here's what LA employees can and can't do if ICE agents enter City Hall
ICE agents are free to enter public areas of City Hall and other municipal areas to enforce immigration laws, but may face more resistance from city employees in the more private areas of city facilities, under guidance issued this month by City Attorney Mike Feuer. City employees would not be able to physically block ICE agents who have a court order or warrant from entering off-limits or private areas of city facilities, but they are being asked to check first with the city attorney or a supervisor before permitting entry, the May 18 memo advises.
Los Angeles Daily News

City Settles Lawsuits Challenging Modernization Projects At Los Angeles International Airport
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to settle lawsuits brought by Culver City and Inglewood that alleged the potential environmental impacts of modernization projects at Los Angeles International Airport were not properly evaluated. Officials said the settlements smooth the way for construction of ground transportation improvements, including a people mover in the central terminal area, a transportation center, a consolidated car rental facility and upgraded roads. All are part of a $14-billion modernization of the nation's second-busiest airport. 
Los Angeles Times


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