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July 7, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Cop Killer Suspect ‘Smoked' Officer, ‘Smoked' Own Cousin: Justice For Face-Tattooed Gangster
A gang member with tattoos across his face who admitted to having “smoked” a police officer and a cousin will be in court Friday to be arraigned. “I guess you guys have everything down — smoked my cousin, smoked the cop. … I mean, what else do you guys want? I shot another cop,” the suspect told authorities during a 48-minute interview in a hospital jail ward eight days after the killings. The admitted gang member is charged with murder, attempted murder and other charges for allegedly killing his cousin in East Los Angeles and then opening fire on two Whittier police officers. He allegedly killed one of the officers and wounded the other one. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, is accused of the Feb. 20 killings of Officer Keith Boyer, 53, in Whittier and his own  cousin, 47-year-old Roy Torres, in East Los Angeles earlier that day. During a preliminary hearing last month, an audiotaped interview with Mejia was played in court, and Mejia is heard telling detectives that he “smoked” the officer and his cousin and “shot another cop.”

Murder Suspect Faces Charges In Shooting, Wounding Of LAPD Officer
A murder suspect who allegedly shot and wounded a Los Angeles Police Department officer at the end of a pursuit that stretched from South Los Angeles to the Hawthorne-El Segundo border has been charged with 19 felony counts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Qasim Knox — who was injured in the June 29 gunfight with police — is charged along with three other men with one count of murder for the March 31 killing of Whitney Henry Yorke. Knox, 25, is also charged with five counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition and one count each of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.

Driver sped up and slammed into Oceanside officer, witnesses say
Michael Patton heard the impact — metal on metal — outside his driver's side window as he rifled through his wallet to find his license. He looked up and saw the Oceanside police officer, a 28-year department veteran, who had been standing at his driver's window. But now, he was airborne. “It was absolutely shocking and horrific,” Patton said Thursday before a packed Vista, Calif., courtroom. His testimony came during the first few hours of a preliminary hearing for the suspected San Marcos gang member who authorities say intentionally rammed a Dodge Neon into the veteran motorcycle officer during an unrelated traffic stop June 19.
Los Angeles Times

A year after slayings, Dallas police train in 'mindfulness'
Only hours after the ambush that killed five Dallas law enforcement officers, mental health experts began thinking ahead, searching for ways to ease the long-term effects of the attack on the men and women who patrol the nation's ninth-largest city. Police psychologists in Dallas were quickly joined by counselors from the Houston and Los Angeles police departments, the FBI and the federal air marshals service. As she watched the July 7, 2016, assault unfold on the news, Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill immediately thought of research she had funded to help returning combat veterans. Maybe it could help police too.
Associated Press

After Cop's Slaying, City Heeds Call for More Vehicle Armor
The day after a bullet blasted through a passenger window of an RV-like command post and killed a police officer sitting inside, officials on Thursday announced that the New York Police Department was adding ballistic protection to all 72 of the vehicles in its fleet. The mobile command centers hadn't originally been part of a plan to retrofit all of the department's squad cars with inch-thick bullet-resistant glass and armored door panels capable of stopping a round from a .44 Magnum - a response to the killing of two officers in 2014.
Associated Press

Law Enforcement News

Violent Crime Up Slightly, But LA Police Chief Says Force Is ‘Making Progress'
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday his officers are “making progress” on beating back a recent uptick in crime, citing the latest mid-year statistics. Beck told the Los Angeles Police Commission that as of July 1, overall crime is “up less than 1 percent,” compared to the same time last year. He noted this is an improvement over recent crime trends.  “That's a positive after two years of incremental increases, so we think we've been making progress on crime in the city of Los Angeles,” Beck said.  The slower crime rise “after a 69 percent increase in violent crime since 2013, is nothing to get too excited about,” Craig Lally, president of the police officers union, said in a statement.  He noted that crime is still on the rise, there are still not enough police officers, and “with the hot summer months upon us, a season that typically brings more crime with it, now is not the time for anyone to pat themselves on the back.”  Beck should instead “sharpen his pencil and create a plan to restore safety in our neighborhoods,” Lally said.
Los Angeles Daily News Los Angeles Times

Officials Seek To ID Armed Man Who Bound, Sexually Assaulted 2 Women In Their Fairfax Apartment: LAPD
Authorities are attempting to identify a man who sexually assaulted two women in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles after trespassing into the apartment they were in and tying them up, police said Thursday. Officers became aware of the situation after responding to a hot-prowl burglary radio call in the 400 block of North Ogden Drive around 11:50 p.m. on Monday, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Neighbors told KTLA the two women, who were recent college graduates in their 20s, had just moved into the apartment earlier that day and were hanging up curtains when the predator entered their home. Investigators determined the man was armed with a handgun when he entered the apartment. He then bound both women's hands and sexually assaulted them, officials said. 

Amber Alert Issued For 16-Year-Old Boy Abducted In Los Angeles
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a 16-year-old boy who was abducted in Los Angeles by a woman who is believed to be armed and dangerous,  police  said. Eric Coleman was reported to have been abducted by 31-year-old Kandice Johnson around 4 p.m. Thursday in Los Angeles, the  California  Highway Patrol reported, but an exact location was not immediately reported.  Johnson was last seen driving a black 2014 Toyota Camry, California license plate No. 7XWL023.  Coleman is black, 5 feet 8, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Johnson is black, 5 feet 3, 147 pounds, with red, green and black multi-colored braids. An Anber Alert was issued for Los Angeles and Orange counties, the CHP said.
FOX 11

Chase, Standoff In Glassell Park Area Was Medical Call, Authorities Say
Authorities on Thursday chased a man in a pickup truck to a residence in the Glassell Park area before determining that no  crime  had occurred. The pursuit began about 8 a.m. on the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway near Sunflower Avenue in the Glendora area, according to the California  Highway  Patrol. The driver exited on Verdugo Road and at one point stopped on a surface street and started to get out of the truck, but confronted by officers with drawn weapons, drove off. The man drove to the area of Weldon Avenue and Drew Street -- followed by a motorist in a truck that the man apparently had nudged aside with his  pickup truck  on a surface street while trying to elude officers. The man then got out of his pickup truck and went inside the residence. Los Angeles  police  officers went to the location, and several people came outside about 9 a.m., but the man remained in the house. 
FOX 11

Stockton Program Would Pay People Not To Shoot Each Other
There were four homicides in Stockton between Monday and Wednesday night, bringing the total number of killings in the city to more than 24. Tubbs released a statement Wednesday night after the string of violence. "All life is sacred and even one homicide is too many ... overall, crime continues to trend downward but we must remain vigilant," Tubbs said. The city is exploring a couple options in the hopes of curbing the number of violent crimes in the city. The first option is out of Detroit called Project Greenlight. In this situation, live cameras would be set up inside and outside of businesses in Stockton, and the cameras would be monitored in real-time from the police headquarters. The second option is more controversial out of the Bay Area. Richmond's Advance Peace uses taxpayer dollars to pay men with firearm history to not shoot guns.
SF Gate

Why Some Pot Businesses Hide Their Cash — And Others Truck It Straight To A Federal Vault
Slip a fresh $20 bill under the bulletproof teller window of Donnie Anderson's Medex marijuana dispensary on Century Boulevard — perhaps for a gram of cannabis or some THC-infused toffees — and the legal tender is transformed into something else: drug money. Though the transaction is legal in California, under federal law that bill is not much different from the contents of a drug cartel's safe — cash that most banks won't touch. So how is Anderson supposed to pay his employees, suppliers or business taxes? He deposits cash, in drips and drabs, into an account held by a limited liability company that his bank thinks is a property management firm. “The bank doesn't know what we do,” he said. If this sounds like money laundering, you're not far off. Yet consider this: That same $20 exchanged at Canndescent, another cannabis company, takes a direct and transparent route into the financial system. 
Los Angeles Times

Bill Proposes Safe Houses For Illegal Drug Users 
afe  houses where heroin and other illegal drug users can access sterile supplies and be under the supervision of a doctor are a step closer to reality in California. Assembly Bill 186 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, would establish facilities in eight California counties where people could use controlled substances under the supervision of staff trained to prevent overdoses and refer people to drug  treatments  and housing. “We are in the midst of an epidemic, and this bill will grant us another tool to fight it – to provide better access to services like  treatment  and counseling, to better protect public health and safety, and to save lives,” Eggman said in a statement.  The idea is modeled after a site in Canada, where people can use drugs like heroin with sterile supplies and a doctor standing by. 

MS-13 Gains Recruits And Power In U.S. As Teens Surge Across Border
Danny Centeno-Miranda was 16 when he fled El Salvador, coming alone to the United States to find a path away from the violent MS-13 street gang police said he had belonged to years earlier. Caught at the U.S. border, federal authorities sent him to live with an uncle in a quiet Virginia suburb. He enrolled in high school, got a job at a Benihana restaurant and sent money home to his father to buy a cart to sell corn. But Danny met gang members at school and was sucked back into tensions between MS-13 and a rival gang. On orders from gang leaders in El Salvador, detectives say, he was shot to death as he trudged to a school bus stop one September morning.  The brazen killing in 2015 marked one of the opening salvos as the vicious gang has made a comeback in the United States after years of relative quiet. 
The Washington Post

Local Government News

LA Mayor making European swing through Germany, Switzerland
Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in Germany through Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Los Angeles' sister-city relationship with Berlin, then head to Switzerland to support the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. According to the mayor's office, Garcetti traveled to Germany Monday and is not scheduled to return to Los Angeles until July 12. He will be part of a delegation to Berlin organized by Sister Cities of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board and World Trade Center Los Angeles, according to the mayor's office. On Tuesday, Garcetti will join Michael Muller, governing mayor of Berlin, for the annual celebration of the Berlin Hoffest Courtyard festival.


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