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July 6, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Slain NYPD officer recalled as devoted mom, cop
Slain NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was devoted to her three children — 12-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and her daughter, a 20-year-old college student — and recently asked to work overnight shifts so she could spend more time with them over their summer break, family members said. The 48-year-old single mother moved about three weeks ago from her assignment in the police department's central booking to overnights in the Bronx's 46th Precinct, said one of Familia's sisters, Adriana Sanchez, 39, a medical technician who lives in West Milford, New Jersey.

Police Look Into What Prompted Deadly Ambush Of Officer
At the start of her midnight shift, Officer Miosotis Familia was in a New York Police Department mobile command post, writing in her notebook, when a gunman strode toward her. She never saw Alexander Bonds coming before he shot her in the head through the passenger-side window, killing her before officers ultimately killed him, police said. Police are investigating what may have prompted Wednesday's shooting, which Police Commissioner James O'Neill described as an officer being "assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops." "Officer Familia was murdered for her uniform and for the responsibility she embraced," O'Neill said in a message to officers Wednesday night. "For the NYPD, regularly achieving lower and lower crime figures means absolutely nothing when one of our own is brutally shot and killed." 
Associated Press

LAPD Officer Injured In Motorcycle Crash In Panorama City
A Los Angeles Police Department motor officer is in serious, but stable condition after a motorcycle collision on Wednesday.  The incident happened on Roscoe Boulevard near Sepulveda Boulevard in Panorama City. The LAPD said two motor cops were heading west on Roscoe when a BMW merged and hit one of the officers.  The Valley Traffic Division officer is currently in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The area of Roscoe Boulevard near the accident was closed for several hours. Police will continue to investigate the incident.

Man Dies In San Fernando Shooting
The death of a man shot early Wednesday in San Fernando is being investigated by Los Angeles police. The shooting was reported at 1:42 a.m. in the 14000 block of Fox Street, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Aareon Jefferson. Jefferson said the victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds and later transported to an area hospital. The LAPD's Mission Hills Division is handling the investigation, Jefferson added, and there is no current suspect information. The victim was described as being in his 30s. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded at 1:40 a.m. to the intersection at Fox and Hewitt streets, but did not transport anyone, said LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. A report from the scene said the victim's brother took him to the hospital.
Los Angeles Daily News

Nursing Assistant Accused Of Molesting Patients At Tarzana Hospital Located In Guatemala After Decade-Long Manhunt: LAPD
A former nursing assistant at a San Fernando Valley hospital who fled the country as sexual assault charges were mounting against him was located in Guatemala after an 11-year search, officials announced Wednesday. Eduardo Ramon Rodas Gaspar was previously arrested in 2006 and was out on bail when he disappeared with his wife and son after additional charges were announced against him that same year, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A decade-long manhunt ensued, and on June 26 he was arrested again after being transported back to Los Angeles from his native Guatemala, police said. Gaspar had been working as a certified nursing assistant at Tarzana Hospital about two years when, in June 2006, LAPD detectives began investigating allegations by former patients that he had sexually assaulted them. 

Caught On Camera: Kidnapper Grabs Woman By Her Hair, Throws Her Into Van
A man kidnapped a woman in Sylmar Wednesday, and police released video of the incident in the hope that someone can help investigators identify the kidnapper and victim. The kidnapping occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the area of El Dorado Avenue and El Cajon Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The video shows the victim talking with a heavy-set man near a parked Chrysler minivan, possibly a Town and Country, police said. "The female attempts to talk away, but the male follows her," according to a police statement. "He then opens the sliding door of the van as he continues to talk to her. The male grabs her by the hair and forcibly throws her inside the van." The woman vainly tries to escape, but the man pushes her back into the van before he gets into the driver's seat and drives off with the victim still inside, police said. 

Police Search For Suspect In Griffith Observatory Car Burglaries
The search is on for a man Los Angeles Police say is part of a group breaking into cars at Griffith Park. Police believe the burglary crew may travel from Northern California to commit crimes here in L.A. The latest incident happening just two weeks ago. Police say the men vandalized and burglarized vehicles but one of them wasn't able to get away without a witness taking his picture. Los Angeles Police want you to take a good look at the picture of the man. They say he and and three others were breaking into vehicles and on the weekend of June 24, as they attempted tried to leave the scene, they were also involved in a hit and run. Park Rangers say they've had the most problems with cars parked along Western Canyon Road. They say the burglars will watch you leave your car and then smash your window and take what's inside your vehicle. 
FOX 11

LAPD Officers Kill 1 Of 2 Dogs That Critically Injured Owner
Police Wednesday shot and killed one of two dogs that attacked and critically injured their owner in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles. Officers went to the 1600 block of West 216th Street, near Western Avenue and the border with Torrance, shortly before noon to investigate a report of a woman being bitten by two dogs, according to Los Angeles police Officer Irma Mota. The woman, whose name was not released, was rushed to a hospital. No officers were injured, Mota said. The second dog was tracked down and was in the custody of animal control officers, police said. Mota said the dog was of a “large breed,” and neighbors told Fox11 that it was a cane corso, also known as an Italian mastiff.

Young Couple Lead Wild Chase Into OC After LA Robbery Spree
A young couple is in custody Thursday after a wild crime spree throughout northeast Los Angeles ended in a chase and crash in Orange County. After police say they robbed several people with a sawed-off shotgun throughout the Los Angeles area, an 18-year-old  woman  drove a Toyota Prius with the headlights off at speeds of 90 mph down the Golden State (5) Freeway with several squad cars in pursuit. The 40-minute chase ended with a crash near a movie theater in Orange just before 2 a.m. The woman's 21-year-old boyfriend tried to  run  away but was taken into custody by officers. The woman was taken to a hospital after complaining of back pain. Police say they are still looking for the sawed-off shotgun that was used in at least seven robberies throughout the Los Angeles area, and believe it may have been tossed onto the freeway during the chase. 

L.A. County prosecutor arrested after domestic violence call, and is accused of trying to intimidate police
A high-ranking Los Angeles County prosecutor is on administrative leave after he was arrested last month on suspicion of hitting his wife during an argument at their Pomona home. Head Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Yglecias refused to cooperate with Pomona police and “puffed out” his chest in an attempt to intimidate one of the two officers who responded to a domestic violence call at the home, according to a report by one of the officers. No charges have been filed. The district attorney's office declared a conflict, leaving the decision on whether to prosecute Yglecias up to the California attorney general's office.
Los Angeles Times

Jail Informant Scandal: O.C. Sheriff Apologizes But Says Any Misconduct Was Limited To 'A Few' Deputies
For years, Orange County sheriff's officials have assured — and reassured — Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals that they have been searching diligently for jailhouse records he demanded. Again and again, they sat in his courtroom and swore there was nothing more to be found — claims followed by the discovery of multiple troves of hidden material. “How does this happen?” Goethals asked Sheriff Sandra Hutchens on Wednesday. “They were dead wrong.” “They possibly did not look hard enough,” Hutchens replied.  The exchange came in a hearing meant to look into the Sheriff's Department's  repeated failure  to turn over evidence in the case of  Scott Dekraai , the former tugboat captain who pleaded guilty to the murders of eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011.
Los Angeles Times

California Bill Would Make Police Body Camera Videos Public
New legislation from a Bay Area assemblyman would dramatically expand public access to police body camera videos in California. The measure, Assembly Bill 748 from Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), would make public footage from police shootings and other cases considered to be in the public interest, such as police uses of force or violent political protests. “Right now in many communities there's a level of distrust [with law enforcement],” Ting said. “I believe that having more transparency, more openness will create more trust on both sides.” 
Los Angeles Times

9th Circuit judges: Minors who enter U.S. illegally may not be confined without court hearings
Minors who enter the U.S. without permission must be given a court hearing to determine whether they can be released, a federal appeals court panel decided unanimously Wednesday.  A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said immigration authorities continue to be bound by a 1997 lawsuit  settlement that guaranteed court hearings for minor immigrants, set standards for their detention and established a policy in favor of their release.
Los Angeles Times


Local Government News

LAFD Using Drones? ACLU, Other Civil Rights Groups Say Privacy Invasion!
The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Friday for the fire department to start using drones during its efforts in fighting fires and responding to other emergencies, although it will need to seek a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration first. The 14-0 vote came over the objection of the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups, which have been raising concerns that the drones could be used to conduct surveillance and invade the privacy of the city's residents. Drones operated by municipalities have proved to be controversial. The Los Angeles Police Department received two donated drones in 2014 but has dropped any current plans to deploy them due to public objections. An LAFD report on the potential program addresses the issue of privacy concerns, saying the devices would not be used to monitor or provide surveillance for law enforcement.

2024 Olympics News

IOC Report: LA, Paris Are Worthy, Vastly Different 2024 Olympics Hosts
Los Angeles and Paris, two cities with bold visions for hosting the 2024 Olympic Games as distinct as their iconic landscapes, could positively impact the Olympic movement for decades, according to a report released by the International Olympic Committee evaluation commission Wednesday. The report lists Paris and Los Angeles in a virtual dead heat heading into the cities' technical presentations to the IOC in Lausanne next week. The document, which is accompanied by an explanatory video, also further reinforces the view that IOC leadership considers the strength of the two bids a unique opportunity for the embattled organization, an opportunity that warrants the unprecedented awarding of both the 2024 and 2028 Games later this year. “The Evaluation Commission firmly believes that both Los Angeles and Paris are more than capable of hosting outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Patrick Baumann, head of the evaluation commission, wrote in the report. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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