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June 21, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Flint, Michigan, airport evacuated after officer critically injured
The Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was being evacuated this morning after an airport police officer was injured, the airport said. The officer is in critical condition, according to the Michigan State Police. The airport said all passengers were safe. The airport is closed and the FBI is leading the investigation, authorities said.
ABC News

2 Tenn. Deputies Wounded, Suspect Dead In Courthouse Shooting
An inmate shot and injured two Coffee County deputies at a Coffee County courthouse Monday afternoon before shooting himself, reported the Tennessean. The officers were in stable condition at the time of the press conference. One was transported to Erlanger and the other to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Michael Eugene Bell, 37, was in court facing charges for kidnapping, domestic assault and evading arrest before he attacked Deputy Wade Bassett, grabbed his firearm, shot him once and fled, District Attorney Craig Northcott was quoted as saying at a press conference. As Bell exited the courthouse, he shot deputy Wendell Bowen, in what Northcott described as a "very unnecessary and cowardly way." Bell shot himself in the head about two blocks away from the courthouse as officers were in pursuit, Northcott said. 
Chattanooga Times

4 More Cadets Arrested in Connection With Stolen LAPD Cruisers; Cadets Made Traffic Stops: Chief Beck
Four more cadets have been arrested in connection with the thefts of police cruisers from two LAPD stations, and some of those cadets are believed to have made traffic stops on members of the public, Chief Charlie Beck announced Tuesday.  The new arrests were announced during a Police Commission meeting Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of cadets arrested to seven.  Beck told the commissioners there had been some lax oversight of equipment at the 77th Street station and that procedures there “can and will be improved.” The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing the LAPD's rank-and-file officers, reacted harshly to Beck's comments about lax oversight and said reductions in staffing at the station's kit room may have been a factor. “Every day Los Angeles' police officer staffing crisis puts resident's safety at-risk and this extends to each patrol divisions' inadequate Kit Room security,” according to a statement from the LAPPL. “With fewer and fewer officers available to keep all Angelenos safe, these types of catastrophes will continue unless bold action is taken. Los Angeles has a police officer recruitment and retention problem and we urge Chief Beck to provide solutions and not band-aids to ensure there are enough officers on patrol to reduce violent crime and emergency response times, and prevent incidents like this in the future.”
KTLA 5 Video, City News Service, Los Angeles Times

Daylight Drive-By Murder In South Los Angeles
A man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles was identified Tuesday. The shooting occurred about 5:40 p.m. on June 13 in the 8400 block of Main Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Sergio Fuentes III, 28, of Los Angeles died at a hospital, according to the coroner's office. A gray four-door vehicle was spotted leaving the scene, police said. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call  (877) LAPD-247.

Sex Trafficking Of Kids In LA: Rams Inglewood Stadium Expected To Draw Underage Prostitutes
Los Angeles County law enforcement officials will expand their successful crackdown on sex trafficking of kids on the streets and online in August, but they're worried a new Rams and Chargers Inglewood stadium will be a magnet for underage prostitutes. Sports stadiums draw numerous underage children forced into prostitution, according to officials, but law enforcement officers under new directives now concentrate on arresting customers while helping kids get off the street. The comments came during a presentation to the Los Angeles CountyBoard of Supervisors Tuesday on the success of the county's “first responder protocol.” Despite successes and hundreds of arrests, “The more we look, the more we find,” said Capt. Chris Marks, who leads the sheriff's Human Trafficking Bureau. The Los Angeles Police Department will expand the “first responder protocol” throughout the department in August.

After Cocaine Bust At LA Day Care, Authorities Reveal ‘Amazing' Drug Operation
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Tuesday he is working to shut down a Highland Park day care facility where a multi-agency law enforcement task force recently seized about $430,000 worth of cocaine that was allegedly being delivered to the home-based business. Feuer filed a civil lawsuit against Felipe and Prodigios Garcia Talamante seeking the closure of their multi-unit residence at 5215 Marmion Way, not far from Monte Vista Street Elementary School and the Metro Gold Line light-rail route. The litigation also seeks monetary penalties. Members of LA IMPACT, a task force made up of several dozen Southern California law enforcement agencies focused on combating narcotics trafficking activity, last month recovered 20 kilograms of cocaine at the day care center, where they also saw children playing in the yard and being dropped off, Feuer said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police shoot man wielding steak knife during Sherman Oaks domestic violence call
A police officer shot a man while responding to a domestic violence call in Sherman Oaks late Monday night, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived at the 4200 block of Matilija Avenue about 11 p.m. and found a 75-year-old man holding a steak knife, authorities said. Police tried to “de-escalate” the situation but weren't able to do so, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said during Tuesday's Police Commission meeting. At some point, police used a Taser, and ultimately an officer shot the man once in his torso, he said.
Los Angeles Times

Carjacking Suspect Fatally Shot By Police After Chase In South Gate A carjacking suspect was shot to death at the end of a police chase Tuesday in South Gate and a  woman  was injured when the SUV the suspect was driving crashed into her car.  Police  said the suspect, a man believed to be in his 20s, had been driving a Honda Pilot SUV that was carjacked in the South Los Angeles area. Officers tried to pull it over around 8 a.m., but the motorist kept going and crashed into the woman's car and about three parked vehicles near Santa Ana Street and California Avenue.  The SUV appeared to knock down a streetlight pole before coming to rest.  After the crash, the suspect got out of the SUV and ran into an alley, with police in pursuit. A confrontation ensued, and police fatally shot the suspect.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The injured woman was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. There were no  reports  of any officers being injured. 
FOX 11

Husband Guilty Of Raping Wife After South LA Attack: Facing Life In Prison
One day after convicting a man of trying to kill his estranged wife at her South Los Angeles home, jurors found him guilty of spousal rape. Bryan Keith Mitchell, 32, is facing a maximum possible sentence of life in state prison, with sentencing set for July 20 at the Compton courthouse. Mitchell was convicted Monday of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for the Sept. 5, 2015, attack on his estranged spouse. Jurors were sent back to deliberate further on the spousal rape charge, on which they subsequently found him guilty Tuesday. Jurors also found true allegations that he personally used a bat during the commission of the crime and personally inflicted great bodily injury on the victim, who had a restraining order against him at the time, according to Deputy District Attorney Craig Rouviere. He entered her home through a window, grabbed a bat and began to beat her, then dragged her into another room and raped her, the prosecutor said.

Legal Pot Could Cut Police Vehicle Searches Dramatically In California
Colorado and Washington saw vehicle searches by police officers fall dramatically after legalizing marijuana — a trend that could have implications in California, where voters legalized recreational pot last November. Researchers with Stanford University's Open Policing Project found the trend buried in data on 130 million traffic stops by state patrol officers, including millions by the California Highway Patrol. They reviewed data from 31 states, but the steep fall in searches in Colorado and Washington surprised the researchers. "It really did plummet," said Stanford's Sharad Goel of the search rates. "When you take away a common reason for conducting a search, then there are fewer searches." The impacts were felt by all drivers, Goel said, not just those with marijuana in their cars. In Colorado and Washington, the number of drivers found with contraband fell by 40 percent in the year following legalization. Nothing like that happened in other states, according to the report. 

Jeff Sessions announces plan to help 12 cities find ways to fight crime
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced a new initiative to combat violence and bolster public safety by promising federal resources to help 12 cities strategize on the best ways to fight crime. The new federal effort came ahead of Sessions' speech at the opening of the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety outside of Washington. "Turning back the recent troubling increase of violent crime in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration, as we work to fulfill the president's promise to make America safe again," Sessions said in a statement.
Fox News

Video footage shows Minn. traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile's death
The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year fired a volley of bullets within seconds of learning the driver was armed, according to a video recording released publicly Tuesday. When the traffic stop began, the two men interacted calmly. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer in the Twin Cities suburbs, greeted Castile and examined his insurance card. “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me,” Castile said 30 seconds after they began speaking. “Okay,” Yanez interrupted, his voice remaining steady as he shifted his right hand onto the holster of his gun. Yanez told Castile not to reach for the gun or pull it out. Castile said he was not, which was echoed by Diamond Reynolds, his girlfriend, sitting in the Oldsmobile's passenger seat.
Washington Post

Firefighters Find Woman's Body After Battling Granada Hills Blaze That Began In Homeless Encampment
Los Angeles firefighters found a woman's body Tuesday after dousing a vegetation fire that began in a Granada Hills homeless encampment. The incident was reported at 10:37 a.m. in the 11400 block of Balboa Boulevard, fire officials said. The woman's age and cause of death were unknown pending an autopsy, officials said. “It's safe to say the woman suffered significant burns,” said Capt. Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. She was found near a wall separating the encampment from a gas station. Scott said it was unclear if the woman lived there. When firefighters arrived, they found the fire, surrounded by medium to thick brush at the Balboa Boulevard off-ramp of the 118 Freeway. Flames spread to the roof of the adjacent gas station's mini-mart, but firefighters were able stop the fire from moving into the market or setting off nearby fuel pumps. “It could have been much worse,” Scott said. The blaze was knocked down in 11 minutes, officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

The DWP's biggest union is in line to get six raises by 2021
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who campaigned four years ago as someone who would stand up for Department of Water and Power ratepayers, is pushing a proposal to give six raises within five years to more than 9,000 workers at the utility. The salary agreement, backed Tuesday by Garcetti's appointees on the DWP board, would provide raises of least 13.2% and as much as 22.3% by October 2021, depending on inflation. Beyond that, the pact would deliver a 4% boost over two years to the base pay of hundreds of DWP electrical distribution mechanics, also known as linemen.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Fire Department Could Soon Seek Federal Permission To Fly Drones The Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones, a tool that officials say could help them track down missing hikers, gauge the risks in burning buildings and search confined spaces. A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to allow the department to start seeking Federal Aviation Administration authorization to use “unmanned aerial systems,” despite objections from groups concerned about privacy rights. That decision now heads to the entire council for approval. “I think there's a tremendous opportunity to save lives,” said Councilman Mitch Englander, who has championed the idea. Fire officials say no drones will be launched, however, until the Board of Fire Commissioners and the City Council approve a policy outlining how they can be used. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has already raised concerns about draft guidelines, saying they do not go far enough to address “serious privacy concerns.”

Why Parking Has Gotten Even Tighter For Disabled Drivers In L.A.
Beset with physical struggles that make it hard for her to get around, Del Hunter-White reached out a year ago to the Department of Disability about getting a curb painted blue and designated disabled parking in her Venice neighborhood. After several weeks and daily calls, the 60-year-old, who has nabbed small roles in TV shows and commercials, got an employee on the phone who told her the parking program responsible for creating disabled parking in residential neighborhoods has not been active in seven years. It was dispiriting news to Hunter-White, who said that in her densely populated, rapidly changing Abbott-Kinney neighborhood it can be hard even for the able-bodied to find regular parking. “I don't want to be doom and gloom, but I am sometimes,” Hunter-White said.
Los Angeles Times


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