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July 11, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Responding Police Officer Shot 4 Times At Ohio Home; Suspect Killed
Ohio police say an officer is recovering from surgery after being shot four times while responding to a domestic violence call at a home. Police say the suspect was killed when another officer returned fire. Authorities say Uniontown Sgt. David White is in stable condition Monday but faces more procedures after he was shot Sunday night at a home about 10 miles southeast of Akron. The Stark County sheriff says 28-year-old Ryan Probst was alone in the house in Uniontown when the officers arrived and that he began firing at them. The sheriff says another officer shot and killed Probst. Sheriff George Maier says that officers had dealt with Probst before Sunday night and that he had a history of confrontations with police.
Associated Press

McIntyre In the Morning: Police Union Boss Says Chief Beck is Downplaying L.A.'s Rising Crime
L.A.s top cop says he's got a handle on rising rates of violent crime, but not everyone sees it that way. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck admitted last week that violent crime is up, but also said it's starting to level off. Police Protective league President Lieutenant Craig Lally says the big picture isn't so rosy. ”Violent crime is up 69 percent since 2013.” Lally says the problem is not going away any time soon.
KABC Radio

Victims Enraged After Man Extradited From Guatemala On Sexual Assault Charges Offered Bail
A nursing assistant accused of sexual assault and on the run for more than a decade in Guatemala was recently captured and extradited to L.A. and jailed. On Monday, Ramon Gaspar, accused by patients at the former Tarzana Hospital 11 years ago, was offered bail. Now, the detective who pursued the case is furious, and victims are outraged and fearing for their  safety . In 2012, Courtney Rosenberg sat down with KCAL9  News  and described what she says Gaspar did to her in 2006 while she was a patient at the hospital. “He had exposed me and left me undressed on the bed while he was getting my things and then he came back over and said he was going to check for bleeding and I felt this pain down there and I looked down and his hand was down there and his finger inside me and no gloves on,” Rosenberg said. Now Rosenberg questions why a judge set bail for the former nursing assistant. “When he was on the run for a long time, I had nightmares and he haunted me everywhere I went. Whether it was someone who looked like him or the smell of his cologne on someone else,” Rosenberg said.

Prosecutors Decline To Pursue Charges In Case Of Woman Who Died In LAPD Jail Cell
Prosecutors have declined to pursue charges in the controversial case of a mentally ill woman who authorities say hanged herself in a Los Angeles jail cell, saying there was insufficient evidence proving anyone was criminally responsible for her death. The decision came after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office reviewed police reports, medical records, interviews with four dozen witnesses and nearly 90 hours of surveillance footage from inside the downtown L.A. jail, according to a report made public Monday. That evidence indicated that the woman, Wakiesha Wilson, had mental health issues but repeatedly denied feeling suicidal to jail staff before the Easter Sunday in 2016 when she died, the report said. Although Wilson's cellmate said she later displayed suicidal behavior — yelling “I'm having some thoughts of killing myself!” and wrapping a shirt around her neck — there was not enough evidence to prove detention officers had been notified. 

L.A. County Grand Jury Report: Many Police Pursuits Are Unnecessary
Police pursuits are more dangerous than they need to be, especially for bystanders, according to a new report by the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury. Using data from 2015, jurors found that in 421 high-speed chases in L.A. County, 11 percent of those police pursuits ended in death or injury. In the city of L.A., the rate was 15 percent. “There are too many. We felt. They could be mitigated by better training. They're just might not even be needed in many cases,” the grand jury's forewoman Joanne Saliva said. “Policy has to be much tighter. Policies are all over the map.” Overall, pursuits by the LAPD and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department created unnecessary bystander injuries and deaths; most were not provoked by serious crimes and not assured of satisfying police goals, jurors reported. The jury, however, gave high praises to the LAPD for its training facility. “It is where we put all of our recruits through the paces. 

Two Men Arrested After Brief Police Chase, Crash
Two forgery suspects were arrested Monday at the end of a brief  police chase in Northridge that ended with a crash. Two off-duty  officers  working security at a Citibank branch in the 19300 block of Rinaldi Street in Porter Ranch saw the suspects run out of the bank, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The men got into a black Mercedes-Benz sedan and drove off, prompting a three-mile pursuit by Los Angeles police. The Mercedes rear-ended two cars at Tampa Avenue and Nordhoff  Street , where the suspects were arrested. Their names were not immediately released.  No serious injuries were reported as a result of the crash, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section, who said the witnesses initially reported what they thought was a bank robbery.
FOX 11

Van Nuys Father And Son Pleading For Return Of Stolen Work Van
A father and son from Van Nuys are desperate to find their 2002 white Chevy Astro van, license plate number 6X33490, stolen from their home early Sunday morning. The work van contained their work equipment and was the main source of their livelihood.

Bloody Mobile Home Park Murders: Gang Gunfire Kills Two In Compton
Two men were shot to death early Monday by gang gunfire in a Compton mobile home park, authorities said. There were few details yet available about the murders, but the gunman was seen running from the deadly attack. The bloody killings came just after midnight in the 1900 block of West 156th Street, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Both of the shooting victims were hit by rounds in their upper bodies, Moody said. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A suspect was seen running westbound through the mobile home park, he said. “One of the victims is a documented local street gang member and the shooting appears to be gang-related,” Moody said. Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating, he said.

Man Found Stabbed To Death Near Pyramid Lake
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found with multiple stab wounds late Saturday near Pyramid Lake in north Los Angeles County, authorities said. A passerby discovered the victim's body lying next to a creek south of the reservoir near Castaic, said Lt. John Corina, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:20 p.m. He suffered from more than five stab wounds to his upper body, Corina said. “We don't know who he is and we don't know what he was doing there,” Corina said. “He was pretty far off the highway, so we're trying to find out who he came with and how he got there.” It appeared the victim had been stabbed that day, Corina added. No additional information was available.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Assembly Deadlocks Over Bill To Allow Shorter Sentences In Some Gun Crimes
The California Assembly deadlocked Monday over a bill that would allow judges to not impose sentence enhancements of 10 or more years in cases where firearms were used in committing a felony. With some Democrats joining a Republican bloc in opposition, the vote was 32-32, but Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) received permission to take the measure up on another day if she can muster the votes. Weber said the current mandate for such penalty enhancements means judges cannot use discretion in deciding whether cases warrant a longer time behind bars. “[Judges] are prohibited from considering the facts of the case and whether a penalty would serve the interests of justice,” Weber said, adding that the law disproportionately hurts people of color. The bill was introduced by Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena). Republican lawmakers including Assemblyman Tom Lackey of Palmdale said the legislation, SB 620, would make the state less safe. 
Los Angeles Times

California Bill Would Require Cops To Release Body Cam Video
A longstanding national debate about police transparency and privacy has been reignited in California with legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to release body camera video and recordings of fatal police shootings and other significant incidents. The proposal, which comes amid a push across the U.S. for body camera recordings to be released more quickly after fatal police shootings, seeks to establish a statewide policy on when body camera footage and other audio and video recordings should be released. The state Senate's Public Safety Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Assembly Bill 748, which would amend California's public records statute to limit the discretion that police departments have for withholding body camera videos. The proposed measure would require police departments to release video in cases where law enforcement officers use force or in incidents where it is believed there is a violation of law or public policy. "This bill will taint ongoing police investigations and all but kills the impartiality of the investigation process," said Craig Lally, the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents city police officers.
Associated Press

California Attorney General Backs Study Of Police Shootings
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra is backing new legislation that would lead to an analysis of police shootings across California. The measure, Assembly Bill 284 from Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), authorizes Becerra's office to examine the circumstances, policies, training and oversight involved in police shootings that resulted in deaths or serious injuries. The attorney general would look at shootings between 2015 and 2016 and issue a report by July 2019. “We must proactively do what we can to achieve safer outcomes and reduce the likelihood of future incidents,” the attorney general's office said in a statement. The bill is substantially weaker than the one McCarty had originally proposed, which aimed to expand Becerra's authority to criminally investigate police shootings. McCarty's initial bill passed the Assembly last month, but Becerra didn't take a position on it. Lawmakers didn't allocate the $10 million in the state budget that Becerra said he would have needed to hire investigators. 
Los Angeles Times
Officer Involved' director on his four-year journey to capture stories of Law Enforcement Officers' who used deadly force
Shaver is not a filmmaker by trade. He is a police officer for an agency in Georgia. In 2013, Shaver sold his house, bought a trailer and took a series of leaves of absence to travel tens of thousands of miles with his wife to interview nearly 100 police officers involved in shootings, asking them probing questions about their incidents and the aftermaths of those events. It took nearly four years to complete the project and, in spring 2016, Shaver and his wife hit the road to screen it. I am no film critic, but I've seen my share of documentaries. “Officer Involved” is one of the most gripping films I've seen.
Police One

Local Government News

Can DWP's aging infrastructure handle this summer's unrelenting heat?
The record-setting heat wave over the weekend may have contributed to the explosion and fire at a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power facility in Northridge that left thousands of people in the San Fernando Valley without electricity, the utility said Monday. DWP officials said the explosion was caused by the failure of a 40- to 45-year-old transformer at the utility's Receiving Station J at Parthenia Avenue and Wilbur Street, and estimated it would cost at least $5 million to replace the transformer and repair the damage.
Los Angeles Daily News

A City Pension Board Vote Could Add To Los Angeles' Budget Woes
The agency that delivers retirement benefits to thousands of Los Angeles city employees is looking to scale back its investment projections — a move that could blow a hole in an already precarious municipal budget. The board that oversees the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System will meet Tuesday to consider cutting its “assumed rate of return,” the yearly expected earnings for its investment portfolio, from 7.5% to 7.25%. The move is expected to shift about $38 million in retirement costs onto the city's general fund, which pays for police patrols, firefighter staffing and other basic services, in mid-2018. The pension board also has the option to pursue a more dramatic step: taking the investment assumption to 7%, which would add $93 million to the city's yearly pension burden, officials said. City Councilman Paul Koretz, who represents part of the Westside, said he thinks a move to 7% would be “way too extreme” for the city budget.
Los Angeles Times


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