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from LA Police Protective League

July 3, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Texas Officer Shot While Investigating Vehicle Break-In Dies
A police officer in San Antonio died Friday of wounds suffered when he and his partner were shot by a man they intended to question about a vehicle break-in, police said. Officer Miguel Moreno, a nine-year veteran of the police force, was shot in the head during the encounter Thursday. The gunman fired on Moreno and partner Julio Cavazos as they stepped out of their patrol car. Cavazos also was shot but returned fire and attempted to pull Moreno out of the line of fire. Cavazos underwent surgery and is expected to recover, police Chief William McManus said during a news conference earlier Friday. The gunman died in the shootout. The officers were patrolling north of downtown when they decided to question two men because they were near the vehicle that had been broken into, McManus said. He said the officers didn't consider the men suspects. "I'm at a loss to describe what a tragedy this is," McManus said. 
Associated Press

LAPD Receives High-Tech Gloves To Combat Drug Needle Risk While Patrolling LA's Skid Row
A couple of photos, posted to Twitter by an LAPD Captain. The first - discarded hypodermic needles jammed into a tree at 6th and San Pedro. The second - a bucket with needles covering the bottom. Cops who search homeless people or others on Skid Row, or search there property, are always cautious about getting stuck by an exposed needle and contracting Hepatitis C or HIV or some other disease. An unfortunate reality. A pilot program funded by the Police Protective League is providing Skid Row patrol officers with heavy duty needle resistant gloves, that offer so much more protection than latex medical exam type gloves that are easily punctured. “A great idea” says Joshua Ordonez, an LAPD sergeant who supervises Skid Row patrol says, “It's a real risk''. Of course in the past officers just used their own heavy duty gloves on the job, but this is at least recognition that a more formal protective process under way. The idea is to provide them department wide…which probably should have and could have been done long ago.
FOX 11

L.A. County Metro Stations Increase Security After String Of Scares
L.A. County Metro stations are beefing up their security. L.A. County Sheriff's deputies would no longer be solely responsible for patrolling trains and buses as of Saturday. Now, LAPD officers are taking over patrol of Metro areas in the city. Long Beach officers will patrol their city's areas; and sheriff's deputies will patrol buses and rails for the rest of the county. The changes come after a series of recent scares made headlines. A week-and-a-half ago, deputies arrested a man with an arsenal of weapons at a Pasadena gold-line station, including a loaded AR-15, a .40-caliber pistol, a machete-style knife, silencers and ammunition. A few months ago, a man was stabbed to death at a Metro station in Koreatown. And last September, a struggle on a bus in Panorama City led to a deputy-involved shooting. Metro is now trying to bolster security, approving a contract to put more law enforcement officers around public transit. 

LAPD And CHP Looking For DUI Drivers Over July 4th Weekend
California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles police officers will be out in force today through Tuesday as they look out for people driving drunk or committing other traffic violations over the Fourth of July weekend. The CHP's “maximum enforcement period” will start at 6 p.m. and run through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, during which all available officers will be assigned to patrol duties, said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Officers will be patrolling the roadways this Fourth of July holiday weekend to ensure motorists are arriving safely at their destination,” Farrow said. During last year's enforcement effort, when July 4 was on a Monday, the CHP arrested 1,118 motorists on suspicion of DUI statewide. Also, 35 people were killed in collisions investigated by the CHP during that time. 
Los Angeles Daily News

3 Suspects Sought Following Stabbing At Sun Valley Party
Los Angeles police were seeking three suspects after a man was stabbed during a party in Sun Valley early Sunday, authorities said. The victim was taken to an area hospital in stable condition, said Lt. Brian O'Connor of LAPD's Foothill Division. The incident was reported at 3:10 a.m. Sunday in the 9900 block of Cohasset Street. Three suspects fled the scene in a black four-door sedan, LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said. The motive of the stabbing was not immediately known. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Little Girl Sex Slaves Rescued In Compton: 30 Adult Hookers, Johns, Pimp Nabbed
Four sex slave girls — “commercially, sexually exploited children” — have been rescued while 30 suspects in a widespread human trafficking operation were arrested in Compton. The arrest targets included adult prostitutes, potential prostitution customers and at least one pimp who tried to get an undercover law enforcement officer to work for him as a hooker. The operation was conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as part of the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. During the operation Thursday, detectives arrested 30 adults and rescued four females they identified as “commercially, sexually exploited children,” said sheriff's Lt. Barry Hall. He disclosed the crackdown late Friday. The four children, whose ages were not given, were released to the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, Hall said.

Mexican Mafia Ordered Hits Inside LA County Jails, FBI Says
The powerful Mexican Mafia prison gang ordered the murder of several people inside Los Angeles jails, law enforcement officials said Friday. The announcement came as officials announced the arrest of 14 people in connection with a series of assaults and planned assaults inside the sprawling jail system, which houses more than 15,000 people on any given day. “In one case, prosecutors allege an individual the Mexican Mafia believed to be cooperating with law enforcement was stabbed several times in the head and the upper torso,” said Nicole Nishida, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The agency operates the jails. The Mexican Mafia ordered the man killed, but he survived, Nishida said. The decades-old gang wields influence over dozens of street gangs in Southern California, offering protection when members go to prison – but only if they follow the mafia's rules. The prison gang in turn is able to direct much of the drug trafficking, extortion and other crimes on the streets. 

ATF Fires More Than 150 Guns From Crime Investigations To Try To Link Them To Unsolved Shootings
The guns were seized during roughly 125 narcotic investigations throughout Los Angeles County over the last two years, but authorities still had an important question about them: How many other crimes were the weapons connected to? On Friday, federal agents took a key step toward an answer. Agents test-fired the firearms at the Glendale Police Department's gun range to catch the shell casings. The agents plan to analyze and upload information about them to a national database of ballistic evidence managed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The weapons numbered more than 150 and included semi-automatic pistols, long rifles and shotguns. A match to evidence detailed in the database could give investigators a key piece of evidence in an unsolved shooting somewhere. “Each firearm leaves a very distinct marking on the back of a shell casing, it's like a fingerprint,” said Chris Bombardiere, who supervises the ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Center in Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Times

Report: Hate Crimes Increased Across Southern California, US In 2016
It's not your imagination: Hate crimes were up last year — across the nation, state and closer to home. In 2016, 230 hate crimes were committed in Los Angeles, according to the FBI, up 15 percent over the year before. In Orange County, there were 50 hate crimes, up 13.6 percent over the year before. Of the local communities in the FBI's 2016 hate crimes statistics, Long Beach saw a decrease in hate crimes, with eight committed in 2016, down 33 percent from the year before. Nationally, the FBI reports 2,173 hate crimes were committed nationally in 2016, up 8.81 percent from the year before. Police data assembled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino looks at a sample of 25 large cities and counties across the United States, including nine of the 10 most populous cities. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Body Of Missing South Pasadena Boy Is Found Near Santa Barbara County Lake, Ending Grim Search
The remains of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy have been found at a Santa Barbara County recreation area, capping weeks of frantic searching. The grim discovery was made Friday in the Cachuma Lake area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a written statement. No further details were given. The boy's father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was charged last week with his murder. A sheriff's official said that releasing information about the body's discovery could compromise the prosecution. Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen April 21 about 1 a.m. as he was leaving Disneyland with his father, aunt and grandmother. The next day, after the boy was to be handed off to his mother, his father was found unconscious in a South Pasadena park, his gray BMW doused in gasoline. Authorities believe that Andressian had tried to kill himself by taking prescription pills. Andressian initially was detained, then released due to lack of evidence. He told sheriff's detectives that he had gone with his son to the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County.
Los Angeles Times

The judge who presided over Brock Turner's sexual assault case offers first defense of his decision
A judge who is facing a recall effort over the sexual-assault sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer is publicly defending himself for the first time, saying that it's his job to consider lighter sentences for first offenders and that he cannot allow public opinion to factor in his decisions. “California law requires every judge to consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders,” Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky wrote in the statement filed with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. The statement makes no direct reference to Brock Turner. The six-month sentence Persky gave Turner last year spurred outrage and brought on the recall effort. It cites a review of Persky's rulings by the Associated Press that found that he followed the recommendations of the parole board in every similar case, suggesting that Turner did not receive special treatment for his status as a white collegiate athlete, as many critics have suggested.
Los Angeles Times

What It Takes, Money And Otherwise, For Patients To Kill Themselves In California
One year in, California's end-of-life law has made it easier for people with terminal illnesses to choose when they want to die. But those closest to the process said it can still be a taboo subject for the patients' families, friends and medical providers. While it has become permissible for doctors to prescribe death-inducing medications since the End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9, 2016, the law doesn't require any medical provider or facility to help a patient die. Many hospitals and pharmacies are declining to get involved in the process even though it's now legal. And the opposition that existed before the law's rollout — based on various religious, moral and technical grounds — continues today. Last week, the state released its first report on the law, which allows physicians to prescribe life-ending medications to anyone of sound mind whom they judge has six or fewer months left to live. 
San Diego Union Tribune

Police: Club Shooting That Injured 28 May Be Gang-Related
Clubgoers screamed and scrambled for cover as dozens of gunshots rang out during a rap concert in downtown Little Rock early Saturday, leaving 28 people injured from an 11-second melee that police said may be gang-related. The volley of gunfire inside the Power Ultra Lounge came so fast that investigators believe multiple people had to have been involved. Police Chief Kenton Buckner credited quick work by first responders for there being no fatalities. Twenty-five people between the ages of 16 and 35 suffered gunshot wounds, and three others were hurt, perhaps while fleeing, Buckner said. Two people were in critical condition Saturday afternoon. Police said officers did not have any suspects in custody. Courtney Swanigan, 23, told The Associated Press that when the gunfire rang out, "I just closed my eyes, got down on the ground and put my hands on my head." City officials said they would move Monday to shut down the club under a "criminal abatement" program. 
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Two LAFD Paramedics Help Skid Row Kids Get School Supplies
Two Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics stationed in the middle of Skid Row want to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth. Gregg Harvey and Corey McDaniel work at LAFD Fire Station 9, perhaps one of the nation's busiest. The station regularly receives 80 calls per day. "Whether it's mental health issues or drug issues...It's a serious problem here. We try our best but there is only so much we can do," Harvey said. The two brainstormed ways to help the community and settled on a focus close to each of their hearts: children. Harvey and McDaniel both have three daughters under the age of 10. "We were thinking about the kids on Skid Row and how expensive it is for ordinary things we take for granted and school supplies being one of them," McDaniel said.

Local Government News

Minimum Wage In Los Angeles Increases To $10.50, $12 Per Hour
The minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles was raised Saturday, the second such hike since Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a measure in 2015 that will gradually increase it to $15 per hour by 2020. The minimum wage for businesses with 26 or more employees is moving up to $12 per hour from $10.50 per hour, and to $10.50 per hour from $10 per hour for businesses with 25 or few employees. The California minimum wage is $10 an hour, and this will be the first hike for the small businesses in the city. Santa Monica, Pasadena and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County are also raising their minimum wage to $10.50 starting today. To mark the occasion and help raise awareness of the minimum wage, a group of organizations including the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Central American Resource Center and the UCLA Labor Center this week announced they are forming the LA Worker Center Network.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Sworn In For 2nd Term
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was sworn in for a second term Saturday evening. Thousands of people attended the event, including some names you might recognize such as actor George Takei and renowned opera and concert singer Angel Joy Blue. The ceremony took place in front of City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Several other city officials, such as City Attorney Mike Feuer, were sworn in. Garcetti and his wife were greeted by the massive crowd and he was sworn in by his mother with his family by his side. The mayor declared his re-election at a victory rally just two hours after polls closed to Los Angeles city and Los Angeles County residents on March 8. He has touted accomplishments that have occurred since he won his first term in 2013, including supporting a minimum wage hike, helping the economy by lowering the business tax, encouraging the entertainment industry through tax credits and helping pass a $1.2 billion measure in November to build housing for the homeless.


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