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July 5, 2017

Law Enforcement News

NYC Cop Ambushed, Shot To Death While Sitting In Truck
A New York City police officer was shot to death early Wednesday, ambushed in a marked police truck and "assassinated in an unprovoked attack" by a man with a revolver who was later killed by officers, police said. Officer Miosotis Familia, a 12-year member of the department, was wrapping up her shift when the man fired one round through the passenger-side window and struck her in the head. She was rushed to a hospital but did not survive. "This was an unprovoked direct attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this city safe," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said, calling it an assassination. Her partner radioed for help. "Shots fired! 10-85!" My partner's shot! My partner's shot! My partner's shot! Hurry up central!"  Officers responded fast, and caught up to the suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, about a block away, police said. As they confronted him, he pulled a revolver, and police fired, striking and killing him.
Associated Press

Police Told To Leave Protective Gear Behind
The I-Team has learned the  officers assigned to the rally in downtown Dallas last July – where five officers were killed and nine wounded – were told not to wear certain heavy protective gear because it would make them look too “militaristic.” “They were told not to wear their heavy gear,” which, if worn, may have “stopped some of those rounds,” Mike Mata,  president  of the Dallas Police Association, told the I-Team. Mata, in an exclusive  interview , said that, while all of the officers were believed to have been wearing standard-issued protective vests, many had with them better protective gear – stronger, thicker body armor and helmets – but had to keep them in their patrol vehicles. CBS 11 Dallas

Slain Okla. Deputy's Family Wants Death Penalty For Suspect
Family of slain Logan County sheriff's deputy David Wade remember their loved one, and announced their support in seeking the death penalty for the man accused of killing him. David James Wade, 40, was shot in the face and body the morning of April 18 while serving an eviction notice in Mulhall. He died from his wounds that day.  "I can speak for my entire family when I tell you the last couple of months of have been tremendously difficult for us. We've been so incredibly shocked by the loss of David that most of us have been unable to publicly talk about it," brother Jerry Wade said Sunday morning at a news conference outside the sheriff's office. Nathan Aaron LeForce, 45, was taken into custody after a few hours. He is charged in Logan County District Court with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle. 
The Oklahoman

Man Shot In Car-To-Car Shooting In South LA
A man was shot and wounded in a car-to-car shooting that ended in a pursuit and crash Tuesday morning in  South  Los Angeles.  Police  have taken one suspect into custody but are searching for the suspected shooter. Officers heard shots being fired at 1 a.m. in the area of Central Avenue and 28th Street at the  scene  of a reported collision that sheared a fire hydrant.  Arriving  officers  found a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound to one of his shoulders, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division.  The other  driver  is suspected of shooting the victim before fleeing. The victim was taken to a hospital for an  injury  that was deemed not to be life-threatening, police said.  It was believed the suspect and the victim knew each other and have had issues in the past with one another, police said, but the motive for the shooting was not known.
FOX 11

Murder Takes No Holiday: Bloody Shooting Victim Was In His 60s
There was no holiday Tuesday for police hunting two killers who gunned down a man in his 60s in Watts. Paramedics rushed the bloody target to a hospital, but despite doctors' best efforts, he died of a gunshot wound to the chest. There were few additional details yet available. Authorities were trying to determine a motive for the shooting, as it wasn't clear if the murder had been gang related. So far the only information police disclosed was that the killers drove away from the murder scene in a white car after the shooting in broad daylight. The gunfire was reported at 3:15 p.m. Monday in the area of 98th Street and Compton Avenue, according to Sgt. Shannon Hale of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Station.

Standoff With Armed Man In Little Tokyo Building Ends Peacefully; No Arrest Made, LAPD Says
An armed man was briefly taken into custody in Little Tokyo on Monday afternoon, hours after he barricaded himself in a building and prompted a SWAT team response, authorities said. The incident was reported at 1:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Second Street, where the man was holed up on the fourth floor with a gun, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Nearby businesses were evacuated, and the LAPD urged the public to avoid the area of Second and Alameda streets. About four hours later, the standoff ended peacefully, police said. Officers contacted the man, who was found to be in legal possession of the firearm. He had committed no crime and therefore was not arrested, an LAPD spokesperson said, adding that no one was threatened during the incident.

LA's New Juvenile Facility Rejects 'Boot Camp' Approach
The first group of kids arrived Monday at a new juvenile probation camp designed to signal a dramatic shift in the way Los Angeles County handles kids who get into trouble. The facility is located in the hills above Malibu where the juvenile detention center Camp Kilpatrick once sat. But it's now called Campus Kilpatrick, an effort to emphasize a school-like atmosphere where the focus is on learning and rehabilitation. Kids will be housed in eight-person cottages, each with its own showers, recreation area and counselors, said Kerri Webb, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County Probation Department. "It fosters a more productive, family-type environment instead of the major dormitories where you're stacking kids," she said. The facility marks a departure from the department's "boot camp" approach, which requires kids to wear prison-like uniforms with no individuality to them.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. Of South Pasadena Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Son
A South Pasadena man pleaded not guilty Monday to killing his 5-year-old son whose body was found in a Santa Barbara County park on Friday. Handcuffed and wearing a blue smock, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. appeared at Alhambra Superior Court to be arraigned for the April 21 murder of Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. He returns to court Aug. 16 to set a date for his preliminary hearing. If convicted, he could face 25 years to life in prison. Judge Cathryn Brougham set his bail at $10 million. At the courthouse Monday, relatives and friends accompanied Ana Estevez, the boy's mother. The mother's supporters and friends of the Estevez family, along with a gaggle of media, nearly filled the courtroom to capacity. At one point, Estevez's brother, Shaun, put his arm around her and kissed her head as she leaned on him. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Orange County Sheriff Set To Take The Stand In Jailhouse Informant Case
For three years, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders has pursued a goal that seemed implausible: the chance to question Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens under oath about the use of snitches in her jails. Now, in the fifth week of the third round of hearings meant to probe informant-related evidence in the case of Orange County's worst mass shooting, Sanders will get his chance. Hutchens is scheduled to testify Wednesday morning before Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals. The judge has expressed repeated frustration with the Sheriff's Department's failure to turn over evidence. The judge has criticized Hutchens for taking “inconsistent positions” on the withholding of evidence, and at times has threatened to hold her in contempt.
Los Angeles Times

California Supreme Court Makes It Harder For Three-Strike Prisoners To Get Sentence Reductions
Judges have broad authority in refusing to lighten the sentences of “three-strike” inmates, despite recent ballot measures aimed at reducing the state's prison population, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 4-3 decision, the court said judges may freely decline to trim sentences for inmates who qualify for reductions under a 2012 ballot measure intended to reform the state's tough three-strikes sentencing law. Justice Leondra R. Kruger, an appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown, joined the more conservative justices to reach the result. The decision aimed to resolve questions posed by two ballot measures in recent years to reduce the population of the state's overburdened prison system. Proposition 36 allowed three-strike inmates to obtain sentence reductions if their third strike was neither serious nor violent. 
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

3 Firefighters Hurt Battling Condo Fire In Chatsworth
A stubborn, wind-aided fire that destroyed four condominium units and left three firefighters hurt was extinguished Wednesday in Chatsworth, according to the Los Angeles Fire  Department . The blaze broke out just before 5 p.m. inside a two-story condo at 22166 James Alan Circle, and was doused 81 minutes later, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The fire quickly spread to three other units through a common attic the condos shared.  Wind  gusts of up to 35 miles per hour whipped the flames between the buildings, according to fire Capt. Erik Scott. The department dispatched 122 firefighters and one helicopter to the  scene , Humphrey said. Three firefighters were treated for non-life-threatening  injuries , he said. 
FOX 11

Local Government News

LA Rents Jumped Again Over The Last Year. Here's How Much
The march toward high rents in Los Angeles appears not to be letting up. Rents for Angelenos have risen 5 percent since last June, according to a report released Monday by an apartment listings company. Apartment List's latest data also shows that rents grew by half a percent over just the past month. The median monthly rent for a two-bedroom in Los Angeles is $1,720, more than the national average, which is $1,150, the report shows. The San Francisco-based Apartment List says their metholodology was recently upgraded. The company uses statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, and then uses more current information from their own website's listings to calculate the growth rate that determines the current month's rental statistics. Apartment List representatives say the use of the Census data helps improve the accuracy of their monthly reports, and vice versa. 
Los Angeles Daily News

'Los Angeles Embodies Diversity.' The City's New Sculpture Celebrating Freedom Is Unveiled
Ali Razi fled Iran in 1978, came to Los Angeles, and found a place where he could thrive. He traced much of his success and that of others here to one core principle: freedom. On Tuesday — the Fourth of July — the prominent developer, now 77, was on hand to unveil a new public art installation in Los Angeles, the Freedom Sculpture, which Razi and others in the Iranian American community hope will be a beacon for the world. “America is great because of all the beautiful cultures brought by immigrants,” Razi said. When people drive by the sculpture along Santa Monica Boulevard, he said, he hopes they ask: “What is this freedom? This shared dream is based on what?” Artist and designer Cecil Balmond agrees it is a symbol of timeless values of freedom and tolerance. 
Los Angeles Times


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