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June 7, 2017

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Injured While Responding To Man With Gun In Wilmington; 1 Suspect Dead
A Los Angeles police officer was hurt while responding to a man with a gun call in Wilmington, police said. Although officials initially reported the incident as an officer shot while responding to a shooting in progress, the officer was not struck with a bullet but was otherwise injured, said Josh Rubenstein, public information director for the Los Angeles Police Department. “They are doing hero's work every single night, and when that call comes out it is the absolute worst thing that anybody can hear," Rubenstein said. "Thank goodness, that is not what happened.” The officer, who has not been identified, responded to the incident near the intersection of Wilmington Boulevard and the Pacific Coast Highway around 8:50 p.m., according to Officer Mike Lopez with LAPD media relations. An officer involved shooting broke out when the officer arrived on scene. Although the officer was injured with what he thought was a gunshot wound, that's not what the injury turned out to be, Rubenstein said.

Man Attacks 3 Cops, Bystander In Court
A man punched a trooper and attacked two other LEOs and a bystander in court after a judge's ruling. Jacob Gallegos, 21, was representing himself on drug-related charges Thursday when the judge ruled he should be handcuffed and held in jail, FOX 59 reported. “You could see it in his eyes that he was not wanting to go to jail and that he was going to do whatever it took to make sure he did not go,” Trooper Matt Moon said. Gallegos punched a bailiff in the face and Moon in his eye. He then attacked a DEA agent and a person sitting in the courtroom, the news station reported. It took five people to stop him from attacking others. All the victims were treated and released. Moon received three stitches under his eye. Gallegos faces charges for contempt of court, resisting arrest and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Los Angeles Teenager Is Shot To Death Two Days Before His High School Graduation
A 17-year-old was shot and killed in Los Angeles while walking with friends early Tuesday, two days before he was to graduate from high school. Favian Nunez was with three friends at about 12:30 a.m. in the 900 block of West I Street when the gunfire erupted, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. “Someone has said there was a suspicious car that was cruising around in the neighborhood,” Det. David Cortez told KCBS-TV. The car parked in an alley across from where they were hanging out, Cortez said. A man in dark clothing exited a vehicle and approached Nunez, police said. The group of friends fled, running in different directions. The gunman fired multiple rounds at Nunez before returning to the vehicle and fleeing, police said. None of the other boys was injured. The teen's mother told the TV station that she woke up from the sound of gunshots and rushed to the scene. There, she saw her son. Paramedics took Nunez to the hospital, where he later died, police said.
Los Angeles Times

2 Shot, Wounded In Alley In Los Angeles
Two people were shot and wounded in an alleyway in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.
Los Angeles police said the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. near 22nd and San Pedro streets in an alley behind Numero Uno Markets. One of the victims suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and the other person was shot in the back. No description of a shooter or shooters was available. It was unclear what led to the shooting. No further information was immediately available. The investigation was ongoing.

Man Apparently Leaving Gardena Casino Is Shot: LAPD
A man who was apparently leaving a Gardena casino Wednesday morning was shot, LAPD officials said. The shooting occurred in the 800 block of Rosecrans Avenue about 4 a.m. Preliminary information indicates the victim, described only as male, won money at a nearby casino and was followed by three people in a gray SUV, police said. Some sort of altercation broke out at a gas station and shots were fired. The victim was struck but it is unclear how many times and was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown. The SUV was last spotted heading east on Rosecrans, according to police. No further details have been released.

Police: Woman Drugs, Robs Men She Meets At LA Nightclubs
Investigators are trying to identify a woman wanted for drugging and robbing men in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles. Los Angeles police reported Tuesday that the suspect met her victims in or outside nightclubs. After being invited to their homes, she used an unknown substance to “poison or drug the victims, causing them to become incapacitated,” police said in a news release. She then stole jewelry and money from them, police said. One such incident occurred on March 5 and resulted in the theft of $200,000 worth of items and cash. The two victims, Gary and Stan, told CBS2 they met the suspect at the Argyle in Hollywood and invited her back to an apartment. Surveillance video showed the three walking up to the unit. Once there, the suspect made the two men drinks and they both passed out. “I went down face first on my bed and I don't remember anything,” Gary said.

Possible Hate Crime Investigated At High School In Pacific Palisades After Black Student Was Depicted With A Noose
A sophomore at the high school in Pacific Palisades is speaking out about the hostile climate for minority students she says the campus fosters. Just months after she transferred to Palisades Charter High School in January, Aina Shola Adewunmi an image depicting her with a noose around her neck was being circulated among other students. It didn't take long after the 15-year-old arrived on campus for a group of students to start using racial slurs in reference to her, Adewunmi said. “They were using the n-word, and I was like, ‘OK, this is what this year is going to be like,'” she said. One of the teenage boys in her chemistry class continually used her race to make conversation; one boy asked her if she wanted to know how "hot" she is "on the black-versus-white scale," she said. So she set clear boundaries about what was and was not OK. “Do you retaliate with frustration, or do you retaliate with knowledge? I chose the high road,” she said. 

Who Steals A Viking Stove From A Sherman Oaks Home In Broad Daylight?
Police on Friday released surveillance images of two suspects seen on surveillance video stealing a Viking kitchen range from a home in Sherman Oaks. The burglary happened about 2:45 p.m. on May 22 — a Monday — at a home in the 14000 block of La Maida Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives determined that one of the suspects had pried open the home's rear door, removed an alarm panel from a wall and threw it into the back yard. After going through the home, the man left through the rear door and drove off in a white Ford van, police said. Around 4:50 p.m. the same day, the suspect returned to the residence with a second man in the same van. The original suspect entered the residence through the rear door and let the second suspect in through the front door, police said. “The second suspect got a dolly from the van and went into the residence,” according to a police statement. “Both suspects took a Viking range and put it in the van.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Sheriff Equips Deputies To Stop Opioid ODs
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is poised to become one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country to equip its patrol deputies with naloxone, a drug that can stop an opioid overdose. The agency is expected to hand out naloxone nasal spray kits to 600 deputies this week, with an eye toward getting the drug to more than 3,000 of its street cops by the end of the year, according to Commander Judy Gerhardt. It was Gerhardt who spearheaded the department's initiative after the growing opioid epidemic touched her personally. “Six months ago, my 23-year-old nephew passed away from an opioid overdose,” Gerhardt told KPCC. “I've watched firsthand the devastation.” Her nephew, Maxwell Baker, died December 28 at his Boston area home. Much of the epidemic has been concentrated in New England states, but health and law enforcement officials fear the problem may soon be just as bad in Southern California. 

California's New Top Cop Has To Make Some Big Policing Decisions Soon. No One Knows What He'll Do
During his first four months as state attorney general, Xavier Becerra positioned himself at the front of the legal vanguard against the Trump administration's actions on immigration, healthcare and climate change. By contrast, Becerra has said little about an issue essential to his job as California's top cop: policing. Becerra's relative silence and thin history on law enforcement oversight after more than two decades in Congress have left civil rights advocates and police groups both hopeful and concerned about his tenure. Will Becerra become an accountability crusader or reaffirm the longstanding deference the state has given local departments, prosecutors and officers to manage their affairs? “He's going to anger somebody,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. “We know that. He hasn't made those decisions yet that somebody's not going to like. But they're coming.” Already on Becerra's plate is a civil rights investigation after years of complaintsabout police shootings by Youngblood's department and Bakersfield's.
Los Angeles Times

Is money bail here to stay in California?
A major push to overhaul California's bail system faces an unclear future after a significant political victory and defeat in quick succession last week. The Senate last Wednesday passed a bill that would largely eliminate the use of money bail in California by instead releasing someone after arrest if it is determined they do not pose a flight risk or threat to the public. A day later, however, an identical measure fell short in the Assembly, where the Senate proposal heads next for consideration.
Sacramento Bee

Driving Stoned: Specially Trained Cops On The Lookout For Drugged Drivers
Chula Vista Police Officer and drug recognition expert Raul Naranjo was working the night shift on a Friday. In addition to his own patrol duties, Naranjo gets called out to assist other officers who have pulled someone over. He is specially trained to assess whether a driver is drug or alcohol-impaired, or both. Early in his shift, he got a call about a car that ran some stop signs.

NYPD: City Could Be On Track For Record Low In Shootings
As major crimes continued to drop in the past month in New York City, the latest police data released Monday indicated that the city could see a record low in shootings and homicides by the end of the year. In May, the city saw a 7.6 percent reduction in index crimes — serious felonies like homicide, burglary and robbery — compared with the same period in 2016, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at a news conference Monday. It was the lowest number of such crimes for the month of May in the history of the modern era of record keeping that began with CompStat in 1994, he said. O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio presented the monthly crime briefing at the Central Park Precinct — a location that saw only five serious crimes last month, the mayor noted. The continuing decreases have led to a 5.6 percent reduction overall for serious crimes so far in 2017 compared to last year, said Dermot Shea, the department's chief of crime control strategies. 

Public Safety News

LA City Fire Adds Drones To Arsenal To Protect Firefighters
The LA City Fire Department plans to add a fleet of drones to its firefighting arsenal. The Board Of Fire Commissioners gave the go-ahead for the fire department to launch the drone program. It will be one of the first metropolitan fire departments to make a significant drone acquisition. But as you can see in this video, other fire departments have been using drones for some time to assess incidents and gather information. The drone program would be used to enhance firefighter safety, but before it is implemented, the department will discuss privacy concerns with the ACLU. Drone programs have been restricted by fears that they could be used to conduct surveillance on citizens.
FOX 11

Local Government News

LA County Extends Ban On Marijuana In Unincorporated Areas, Limits Personal Cultivation
The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to ban all commercial cannabis activities -- medical and non-medical -- in unincorporated areas and took a first pass at regulating personal cultivation. The move extends a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas that has been in place since 2010 and broadens the prohibition to include the cultivation, manufacture, testing and distribution of the drug for other than personal use. The new ordinance is designed to give the county more time to develop a comprehensive set of regulations given statewide legalization. It limits residents to growing six plants, with most single-family homeowners allowed to plant inside or outdoors, while apartment dwellers are restricted to indoor cultivation. "It's been a very thoughtful process," Supervisor Kathryn Barger said, before proposing an amendment that would also prohibit growing marijuana within 600 feet of any school or day care center.
FOX 11

LA's Staggering Homelessness Increase: ‘Abysmal'
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors reacted Tuesday to the reported 23 percent increase in homeless individuals countywide since 2016, with some calling the numbers “abysmal” and “staggering” and others seeking to reassure residents that solutions are ready to be rolled out. The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count — released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority — put the total of county homeless at 57,794. That's up from 46,874 last year. Both calculations reflect a single point in time. Supervisor Hilda Solis said she was particularly concerned about the 41 percent increase in the number of homeless children, 64 percent increase in the number of homeless youth between 18 and 24 years old and the 63 percent jump in homeless Latinos.


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