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July 14, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Law enforcement protests sergeant's indictment at New York City Hall
Law enforcement representatives from across the country gathered on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to protest the treatment of an NYPD sergeant under fire for  killing a mentally ill Bronx resident last year .  Barry, 31, was charged with murder for shooting Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old known schizophrenic, in her Pugsley Avenue apartment in Caste Hill. Danner reportedly threatened police with scissors and then a bat before she was shot and killed.  “As a police officer you can choose to save your job or to safe your life, but you can't do both,” said Jamie McBride, director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “In New York, some politicians are now saying, ‘Choose your life or your freedom, but you definitely can't have both.'”
New York Post

Wounded Baton Rouge Deputy Still Defying Odds A Year After Ambush
Doctors didn't expect Nick Tullier to survive after a gunman shot him in the head, stomach and shoulder during an ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers last summer in Louisiana. A year later, the 42-year-old sheriff's deputy is still defying the grim prognosis that his family received after the July 17 shooting in Baton Rouge. By the time he arrived at a Houston rehabilitation hospital in November, Tullier had emerged from a vegetative state. Today, he can nod his head to answer questions with a yes or no. He can smile and laugh. And he recently spoke his first word since the shooting, which sounded like "hello." Tullier's father, James, says his son has a "very long road ahead of him" but will keep fighting to recover.
Associated Press

U.S. Postal Service Deliveries Suspended In Glassell Park Neighborhood Following Shooting
The U.S. Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to a neighborhood in Glassell Park once considered among the most dangerous in Los Angeles after a carrier was nearly shot there last month, a USPS official said. “Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our employees while providing service to our customers,” spokeswoman Evelina Ramirez said in a statement. “We are reviewing all options to come up with the best solution.” For now, residents living in the 3300 and 3400 blocks of Drew Street have to travel about a mile to the Glassell Park Station office to pick up their mail, Ramirez said. The letter carrier was “nearly hit by bullets” in the neighborhood June 27, Ramirez said. Los Angeles police confirmed there was a shooting but provided no other details of the incident. The postal service said it was communicating with police and local representatives about the incident.

Woman Killed In Multi-Car Crash Caused By Alleged Drunken Driver In Winnetka
A suspected drunken driver caused a multi-vehicle crash that left a woman dead and several others injured in Winnetka early Thursday morning, police said. The three-car collision occurred just after 2 a.m. in the 20700 block of Roscoe Boulevard, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart stated. Jose Miguel Mejia, 28, was allegedly speeding in a 2016 Dodge Challenger with two male passengers when he lost control and hit a 2001 Subaru, which then struck a 2013 Ford Escape, Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release. While the crash occurred in a 40 mph zone, Mejia may have been driving at a speed three times that -- potentially up to 120 mph, officials later said. The Ford Escape, being driven by a woman in her 20s, then struck the curb, a street sign, a tree and a light pole,  the Department said. The woman died at the scene.

Regents choose LAPD inspector general for UC system oversight role
The inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Department, who for six years has played a key role in civilian oversight of the agency, will take on a new role as watchdog for the University of California.  The UC Board of Regents on Thursday approved Alexander Bustamante for a position in the president's office, naming him senior vice president and chief compliance and audit officer.  Matthew Johnson said the Police Commission would work with the city's Personnel Department to ensure that the search for Bustamante's successor is thorough. He said he hoped to have the next inspector general in place within 90 days, but stressed that it was “essential” to find the right person for the job.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Officer Accused Of Having Sex With Teen Cadet Is Charged With Weapons Crimes
Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Cain, who is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old police cadet, is now facing felony weapons charges stemming from a cache of more than 100 guns found at his Rancho Cucamonga home. Cain, 31, was back in jail Thursday after prosecutors in San Bernardino County charged him with 10 felonies, police said. Court records showed the charges included multiple counts of having an assault weapon and manufacturing, distributing or transferring such guns. A court hearing was scheduled for Friday, according to jail records. An attorney representing Cain could not immediately be reached for comment.  In a statement Thursday night, the  LAPD  said its investigators presented their case to the San Bernardino County district attorney's office Wednesday. Cain surrendered himself to sheriff's deputies Thursday, the statement said.
Los Angeles Times

Man Suspected Of Attempting To Sexually Assault Elderly Victim Arrested, Police Say
A man who allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman in North Hills was in custody. Thursday, and police urged other possible victims to contact detectives. Ted Brian Noriega, 45, was taken into custody on Saturday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping and "assault with intention to commit a sexual assault,'' according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Noriega was being held on $2 million bail pending a July 19 court appearance at the San Fernando courthouse, according to the sheriff's department.  The woman was allegedly accosted by Noriega on July 6 as she sat outside her North Hills home in the 9900 block of Woodley Avenue. Noriega allegedly forced her inside her residence and was trying to sexually assault her when a family member interrupted the crime and he fled, police said.  Anyone who may have been victimized by Noriega or who knows more about the case was urged to call (877) LAPD-247.
FOX 11

Car Thefts On The Rise In Boyle Heights; LAPD Sends Message
Auto thefts and burglaries are on the rise in the area in and around Boyle Heights, and police are responding with a way to keep you and your things safe.  Auto theft is up 2 percent in Boyle Heights. It's not a big spike, but it's enough for the Los Angeles Police Department to launch a campaign to keep thieves away from your car.  "If you lock it, if you hide it, you're going to keep it" is the slogan officers want everyone to remember and practice.  In one Hollywood neighborhood, some residents said they've heard of more and more cars being broken into and many said they take precautions to avoid being the victim of an auto break-in. For example, they don't leave anything of value inside their car.  At the LAPD's Hollenbeck Station, detectives said the area has more vehicles stolen than in any other part of the city of L.A.  One of the simplest things you can do, according to officers, is to get a club for your steering wheel. 

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Tells Senate Democrats 'All Of Us Are Less Safe' With More Aggressive Immigration Enforcement 
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told Democratic senators Thursday that increased random enforcement of immigration laws has caused fewer people to call 911, report crimes and come forward as witnesses. "It makes all of us less safe when that social contract we have between each other breaks down, and that's what this does," Beck said. California Sen. Kamala Harris invited Beck to the Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon to present his perspective as the police chief of a large city where many immigrants live. "He knows how these policies impact real human beings and it was so important that his voice be heard among leaders of policy in this country," Harris said.
Los Angeles Times

Alleged Gang Members Arrested Amid Alarming Trend Of Home Burglaries In SoCal
Five suspected Los Angeles street gang members were arrested in connection to a burglary ring targeting homes across the Southland. One woman and four men were arrested, ranging in age from 19 to 22. Two more men are still outstanding. This burglary crew is suspected of hitting at least six homes in Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and other areas of Ventura County as well as parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties, authorities said. The undersheriff urged residents to remain on guard and to alert authorities if they see suspicious activity. "The crime prevention message here is so important: lock your doors, lock your cars, because it's crime of opportunity," he said. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has enlisted the help of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to bust such burglary rings.

What's Behind The Fight Over The Identities Of 300 Problem LA Sheriff's Deputies
The names of approximately 300 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies involved in serious misconduct must be kept confidential and may not be handed over to prosecutors, a state appeals court ruled this week. It was a setback for Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who has promised to clean up the troubled department following the jailhouse violence scandal that led to the conviction of more than 20 sheriff's officials, including former Sheriff Lee Baca, who was convicted of trying to block an FBI investigators into brutality inside L.A. County jails.  After McDonnell took office in Dec. 2014, he created a panel of commanders to review individual deputy personnel files. The panel determined approximately 300 active deputies had been found by the department to have engaged in misconduct involving "moral turpitude" – conduct that can be used to impeach a deputy's testimony in a criminal prosecution.

Officers Cracking Down On Drivers Cheating Registration Fees With Out-Of-State Plates
Drivers who fail to register their car are costing the State of California millions of dollars, officials say. Now, the California Highway Patrol is reminding people they can be pulled over for out-of-state plates. California law gives a 20-day grace period to complete the registration without paying a penalty. But while some people are visiting, others could be migrant workers or Californians breaking the rules. “We see a lot of vehicles on the coast. Maybe Ferrari, Lamborghinis. Those vehicles typically are just trying to avoid the high cost of registration, which could be in the thousands,” said Ruben Gonzales with the CHP. That's why the CHP is asking residents for help, using the “cheaters” website to report out-of-state license plates. For those who travel between California and another state for work, CHP says those drivers can get dual registration to keep the title of their car in the other state and pay the California registration for part of the year.
CBS Sacramento

NYPD Records Show Drop In Serious Crimes
With 2017 half over, New York City reported significant drops in all kinds of serious crimes, with a nearly 40 percent reduction in June, according to NYPD records reviewed by Newsday and law enforcement sources. As of June 30, homicides were trending close to 21 percent lower than in 2016, with shootings down by about 17 percent, putting the city on track to set record lows in the categories for the modern CompStat era. If current crime trends continue, the city could drop below 300 in homicides, something never before seen in New York under record keeping that dates back to about 1962, according to police officials. The city reported 335 homicides in 2016. As of July 2, the city reported 127 homicides, a drop of 20.6 percent from the same period a year ago. Even a drop of 15 percent by the end of the year would mean about 285 killings by year end. Last year, 998 shootings occurred, the lowest number ever. 

Local Government News

Feds Fight LA Terror Attacks: Big Bucks Award
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that Los Angeles will receive a $1.2 million grant to help it prepare for, prevent and respond to “complex coordinated terrorist attacks.” The grant was part of $35.94 million the agency awarded for anti- terrorist efforts to city, county and state governments around the country. “Attacks we have seen around the world have shown us the importance of continuing to build strong, resilient, and prepared communities,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “These grants will serve as a catalyst to support communities across the country to enhance resilience and continue to build capacity at the local level.” FEMA said recent terrorist incidents in London, Boston, San Bernardino, Paris,  Kenya and Belgium highlight an emerging threat known as complex coordinated terrorist attacks.

$2 Billion Rail Line Tunneling Under LA Will Lead Right To Airport
Almost 100 feet under the surface of Los Angeles, a new network of massive rail tunnels is being built. CBS2 News got an exclusive look at the new light-rail line nearly 9 miles long being built in the southwest part of the city. It's that olive-green line running from the Expo Line in Crenshaw through Inglewood and down to Los Angeles International Airport. Metro says this area has more mass-transit riders than anywhere else in LA. The starting point at Exposition Boulevard and Crenshaw right now is a massive pit and underground city of workers. Charles Beauvoir is the project director and talked about progress of the tunnels. “All the boring with the tunnel-boring machine” is done, he said. “But some of the tunnels that don't use the tunnel-boring machine are still under construction.” 


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