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from LA Police Protective League

July 13, 2017

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Union Joins National Push For Feds To Help Prepare Police For Contacts With Mentally Ill
Los Angeles' police union has thrown its support behind a national push for federal funding and other resources to help officers better prepare for interactions with people who are mentally ill. The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago — calling on the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls. Their agenda, dubbed Compassionate and Accountable Responses for Everyone, will be formally unveiled at a news conference Thursday morning in New York. Teaching police how to appropriately respond to someone who has mental health issues is nothing new — agencies have offered such training for years. But those interactions have drawn renewed attention in recent years, particularly after several high-profile police shootings of people who were diagnosed with mental illnesses.  “This is an issue that's not going away. We have to deal with it,” said Jamie McBride, one of the LAPD union's directors. “Enough is enough.”  The ultimate goal, McBride said, is to ensure that police officers across the country have the appropriate tools in place. 
Los Angeles Times

Local Sheriff's Deputy To Donate Kidney To Former Coworker's 3-Year-Old Son
A sheriff's deputy has come to the aid of a former co-worker's 3-year-old son who is in dire need of a kidney. Angelina Castleberry, a former Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputy in Palm Desert.  Matthew was diagnosed with posterior urethral valves and was born with pulmonary hypertension, bleeding in his brain, fluid in his brain, kidney failure and collapsed lungs. In just three years, he has undergone 14 surgeries, dialysis and three failed donor matches.  But an unexpected phone call is set to change his future.
FOX 11

Postal Carriers In Glassell Park Afraid To Deliver Mail Due To Gang Violence
t first glance Drew Street is like many others in this Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood, however a long history of gang violence including a shooting on June 27 at almost killed a letter carrier has led to a big change in this neighborhood. The mail is no longer being delivered on the 3300 block, instead residents have to make about a five minute drive to the post office in nearby Eagle Rock and pick up their mail in person. It's an inconvenience of course but from the Postal Service this point to view the safety of their personnel takes priority.  A spokeswoman for the Postal Service said she couldn't tell FOX 11's Phil Shuman how many times that this drastic step has been taken but it is very rare.  The police surprisingly wouldn't talk about the case at all other than the standard "it's under investigation" which we don't quite understand. 
FOX 11

Pacoima Man In His 80s Kills Wife, Critically Wounds Himself, LAPD Says
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide attempt involving a Pacoima couple in their 80s.  Police say a man in his 80s shot and killed his wife at their home and then turned the gun on himself.  He was wounded and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  The shooting was reported around 10:30 a.m. on the 12800 block of West Wingo Street.  The Los Angeles Fire Department said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  Authorities are investigating the motive and other circumstances surrounding the incident.  The names of the couple have not been released.

1 Killed, 3 Injured In Winnetka Crash, DUI Suspected
One person was killed and three were injured in Winnetka today in a three-vehicle collision in which one of the drivers was believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said. The crash was reported at 2:09 a.m. in the area of Roscoe Boulevard and Irondale Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Bureau. The male driver of a speeding Dodge Challenger sideswiped a Subaru before colliding with a Ford Escape, sending that vehicle into a pole, according to police and reports from the scene. The Dodge continued on Roscoe and caught fire with its occupants trapped inside. The female driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The occupants of the Dodge were extricated by Los Angeles City firefighters and transported to a hospital. Two were in critical condition and one was in serious condition, according to reports from the scene. 
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver That Left 34-Year-Old Mom Seriously Injured (Warning: Graphic Video)
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who left a woman with serious head injuries following a crash in South L.A. last week. The crash happened around 10:45 p.m. Friday on northbound Denker Avenue in the Manchester Square neighborhood. Ingrid Argueta, 34, was walking outside of the crosswalk westbound on 79th Street when she was hit by a vehicle, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday in a news release. A family friend identified Argueta and told KTLA she is the mother of a toddler girl. Adam Ayala, Argueta's cousin, said she had just been dropped off by an Uber with three other people and were on their way to a relative's house. “The impact launched her about 10 feet and it was a black SUV. The car did not even hit the brakes it just kept on going,” Ayala said.. “I think they must have been under the influence or something. I mean even if they were scared they should have stopped." 

Man Who Shot, Killed Himself After Standoff In North Hollywood Identified
The 54-year-old man who shot and killed himself after a brief standoff with police in North Hollywood was identified Wednesday by the coroner's office as Jose Montes Vasquez of North Hollywood. Officers from the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call about a suicidal man armed with a gun about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Vasquez had barricaded himself behind a wall underneath trees in a parking lot behind a business near Burbank Boulevard and Satsuma Avenue, said LAPD Sgt. Francisco Albarran. Officers tried to talk with him and get him some help but the man refused to come out, Albarran said. Eventually, an LAPD SWAT unit was called to the scene. Officers heard one gunshot as they were setting up, Albarran said. About 30 minutes after the gunshot SWAT officers found Vasquez dead from a self-inflicted wound. A weapon was recovered at the scene. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Rules For Collecting Racial Profiling Data In California Are Delayed
Police departments in Los Angeles and other large cities across California won't have to collect data in an effort to combat racial profiling until next July, delaying by six months the timeline called for under state law. California police officers will have to track the perceived race, gender, age and other demographic information of those they pull over in traffic, pedestrian and bike stops, and detail the reasons for the stop. But writing the rules has been complicated, deputies in California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra's office told a committee responsible for overseeing the regulations during a Wednesday meeting in San Diego. “It's too important to rush,” said Kelli Evans, a special assistant attorney general in charge of civil rights issues. The regulations were supposed to be finished before Becerra's predecessor, Kamala Harris, left the office in January. Law enforcement groups have argued that the proposed data collection rules developed by the state oversight body are too onerous for officers.
Los Angeles Times

Study: GPS Rules Send California Juveniles Into Jail Cycle
Counties' overly stringent and varied GPS tracking policies are cycling California juvenile offenders back behind bars for minor infractions, according to a new report. Rules for juveniles who wear GPS monitors were "unrealistically onerous," and "undermine the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system," said researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the East Bay Law Center in a report slated for release Wednesday. After juveniles are accused of committing crimes, a judge can choose to sentence them to serve time in a juvenile detention facility or require them to wear GPS ankle monitor and abide by a set of rules set by probation officials. Because there are no statewide policies in place, it is left to individual counties to establish the rules for juvenile probationers. In Northern California's Larsen County juveniles are required to follow a set of 56 rules, but in San Francisco County juveniles are only subject to 10 rules and the rules vary from county to county, according to the report.

State Lawmakers Advance Bill That Would Make 'Stealthing' Sexual Assault But Question Whether It's Enforceable
The state Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would define "stealthing" as a form of rape, though lawmakers said it was unclear whether or how it would be enforced. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the legislation in May through the "gut and amend" process, stripping the contents of an unrelated bill to insert the new language. It targets stealthing, or the practice of intentionally removing or tampering with a condom during sexual intercourse without consent. The latest version of the bill would make it a crime of felony sexual battery to remove or tamper with a condom or intentionally use, without consent, a condom that has been tampered with during sex. It also goes further, making it a felony to lie about being on birth control or another form of contraception other than a condom. The stealthing bill follows another proposal by Garcia to expand the legal definition of rape that became law this year. 
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Public Invited To Weigh In On Legal Weed Rules In LA County
With less than six months to go until recreational marijuana becomes legal, Los Angeles County officials are asking for the public's help to craft a regulatory framework for the emerging trade. Over the next few weeks, Los Angeles residents who live in the county's unincorporated areas are invited to a series of listening sessions to give input on regulations for the legalized cannabis industry. The county's goal is to create and pass an ordinance well in advance of next year, when recreational marijuana becomes legal to sell. Right now, all cannabis-related businesses and activities across Los Angeles County's unincorporated areas are banned. But last month, supervisors agreed to rules for personal use, including allowing residents to grow up to six plants, no larger than six feet tall, in or outside their homes. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Metropolis Hopes To Be A Downtown LA Landmark
The push for revitalization Downtown is making major changes to the area's skyline. There seems to be cranes on many corners that are building places such as Metropolis. The site is hoping to become a new landmark for the area and has received more than $1 billion in investments. "We are sort of this new giant beast of a project," said Sofia Padilla of Greenland USA. The building is two blocks from Staples Center and LA Live. The finished property will feature four distinct towers. The Hotel Indigo and the first of three residential towers have already been completed. Metropolis is slated to be the largest mixed use development in the Western U.S. when completed in 2019. "You'll see things like this more so in New York and Chicago, so this was a nice opportunity for us to introduce a new concept to Los Angeles," said Padilla.


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