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July 24, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Deputy Wounded In Baton Rouge Ambush Returns To Work
On his first day back at work after a year of recovering from a gunshot wound, East Baton Rouge Parish deputy Bruce Simmons thought he was asked to attend the swearing-in of new deputies to give them advice, but instead he was surprised to find out he was being promoted to lieutenant. Simmons was shot in the arm July 17, 2016, when Gavin Long, of Kansas City, Missouri, ambushed a group of law enforcement officers, killing three and injuring three others, including Simmons.  After a year of recovering from the wound, Simmons returned to work Thursday to a standing ovation, many hugs and dozens of well wishes from his colleagues that he calls family.
The Advocate

Off-Duty New Orleans Officer Shot In Leg; Suspects At Large
Law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects after a New Orleans off-duty police officer was shot in the leg. Local news outlets report that the officer was working a paid security job in the Uptown area around 1 a.m. Monday when a light-colored SUV approached his car. Police say at least one person fired one shot into the officer's car. Police superintendent Michael Harrison tells WVUE-TV that the officer is in good condition at University Medical Center. The identity of the officer hasn't been released.  Jefferson Parish council at-large Chris Roberts says the officer was shot by juveniles.
Associated Press

LAPD's Swing-A-Thon Event Helps Teach Kids To Say No To Crime
Kids at the LAPD Baseball Swing-A-Thon at El Cariso Community Regional Park in Sylmar on Friday took a pledge to say no to many behaviors that lead to crime. While a serious message was being sent to kids, the day was all about fun. More than 1,000 youngsters and their families took part in the Los Angeles Police Department baseball team's 15th annual event. "To work with you, to get them interested in sports and staying healthy and being strong. We have to seize those opportunities and this absolutely is a golden opportunity," said Capt. Rodrick Armalin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

'Look Up, Phone Down' LAPD Launches ‘Distracted Walking' Safety Campaign
The LAPD has launched a campaign to keep pedestrians from becoming a victim of crime, or a victim of their own carelessness. The campaign is about ‘distracted walking'. Authorities report that so many people are focused on cell phones, iPods and the like, that they lose sight of their surroundings, and that makes they easy prey for thieves and robbers.  It's an addiction, criminals are taking advantage of. "I definitely wish I was more aware," says Jetnadine Reyes.  "It's really huge because you have your bank cards, because they're connected to your phone, you have all your social media and a lot of personal things as well. Your pictures that sometimes not all the time that we upload stuff on our computer," Moira Salazar.
FOX 11

Suspect Armed With Knife Wounded In Westlake District Officer-Involved Shooting
A suspect who police said as armed with a knife was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in the Westlake District early Saturday.  Authorities said the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. in the area of 7th Street and Union Avenue. Los Angeles Unified School District had two officers in the area and they came in contact with a man armed with a knife.  The officers fired nonlethal bean bag rounds to stop the suspect, but he ran away. After a short foot chase, the officers and suspect ended up back in the same area.  Los Angeles police Lt. Chris Ramirez said officers filed a second round of bean bags, but eventually the encounter led to an officer-involved shooting. 

Sex, Joy Rides And Car Chases: Scandal In LAPD Youth Cadet Program Sparks Alarm And Calls For Reform
The police officer talked strategy with the young cadets as they prepared for an obstacle course competition. Should the strongest person go first? The tallest? Teamwork was important, said the officer, Ruby Aguirre. As the teenagers — addressing everyone with a “Sir” or “Ma'am” — powered across monkey bars or scrambled to catch footballs in Elysian Park earlier this month, the scene seemed straight out of a recruiting brochure for the Los Angeles Police Department's cadet program, which enrolls over 2,000 local youths. But a recent scandal involving cadets, stolen police cars and illicit sex was not far from their minds. The disturbing events have illuminated deficiencies both in the cadet program and in how the LAPD keeps tabs on its cars and other equipment.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Describes Seeing Man Peeping Through Window of Fairfax Apartment Amid Search for Sexual Assault Suspect
A woman described seeing a man watching her through the window of her Fairfax apartment amid an ongoing search for a sexual assault suspect in that neighborhood. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she couldn't sleep one night this week and was up late watching TV. She heard rustling outside one of her windows and that it sounded like someone was stepping on dry leaves. She told KTLA that she turned off her TV to hear better and eventually saw a man's shadow. “I saw the outline of a man there, which was really scary, and I just screamed at the top of my lungs,” she said. 

Mother Makes Emotional Plea For Help In Shooting Death Of Son
Authorities announced a $10,000 reward Friday for information that helps solve the drive-by shooting death two years ago of a young man in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County, and his mother made an emotional plea for help from the community. Kejon Wayne Atkins, 22, was shot about 11:30 a.m. July 23, 2015, as he stood near 126th Street and Wilmington Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. “Kejon was an avid fan of football and was a member of the Long Beach City College football team as a student athlete,” a sheriff's statement said. Atkins' mother Techea Adams said the sounds of the day continue to haunt her. 

Claremont college suspends students who blocked access to event with pro-police speaker
Claremont McKenna College has suspended three students for a year and two others for a semester for blocking access to a campus event to protest a speaker known for defending police against Black Lives Matter activists. The action, announced last week, arises out of an April 6 demonstration during which students and others ignored temporary barriers and blocked entrances to the Athenaeum and Kravis Center, where author and commentator Heather Mac Donald was scheduled to speak.
Los Angeles Times

LA Sheriff's Prosecutor Reflects On Corruption That 'Shocked' Him
Brandon Fox sits in his new office at the law firm of Jenner & Block on the 35th floor of the US Bank building in downtown Los Angeles, and reflects on the intense legal battles he led against former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and numerous other sheriff's officials at the federal courthouse a few blocks away. "We needed to do something to stop that culture" of impunity, he says. Baca is scheduled to begin a three-year prison sentence Tuesday stemming from his March conviction for obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators to cover up inmate abuse inside Men's Central Jail. The former sheriff, who has Alzheimer's disease, has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to let him remain free while he appeals the verdict. 

California Finds That New Gun Laws Are Easier To Pass Than Enact
For advocates of stricter gun laws, a sweeping package of new legislation signed by California's governor in July 2016 — and a similar set of measures approved  by the state's voters in a referendum four months later — served as rare bright spots in a year that they would otherwise rather forget.  The new restrictions included an expanded version of the state's assault weapons ban, designed to close a loophole that had been exploited just months earlier by ISIS-inspired gunmen; a prohibition on owning high-capacity magazines; and a requirement for background checks on sales of ammunition. California's beefed-up laws came as many other states, including Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee, moved in the opposite direction, loosening restrictions on who can legally carry weapons, and where they can carry them.
The Trace

How California's ‘sanctuary state' bill would further limit ICE's ability to arrest immigrants
Members of ICE's L.A.-area fugitive operations teams were briefed before embarking on the six-hour enforcement operation to find and arrest undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes and later released from local jails. While immigrant advocates have voiced concern about recent enforcement operations, ICE says it could be taking a higher number of convicted criminals into custody — and more easily — if not for internal law enforcement agency policies and state laws. “These policies that some cities and jurisdictions have created — that's definitely hampered us,” said David Marin, field office director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations in Los Angeles. “So we've had to sort of adjust our resources to go out into the communities and apprehend these individuals instead of apprehending them in a secure environment.”
Los Angeles Daily News

8 Found Dead In Sweltering Truck In Immigrant Smuggling Case
Authorities called to a Walmart parking lot found eight people dead and 20 others in dire condition in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer, victims of what police said Sunday was an immigrant-smuggling operation gone wrong. The driver was arrested, officials said. It was just the latest smuggling-by-truck attempt to end in tragedy. In one of the deadliest cases on record in the U.S., 19 immigrants locked inside a stifling rig died in Victoria, Texas, in 2003. This time, 30 survivors were taken to the hospital, where 20 were in extremely critical or serious condition, many suffering from extreme dehydration and heatstroke. Others had lesser injuries.
Associated Press

Tool to help police in opioid crisis draws privacy concern
New Jersey is the latest state amid a national opioid crisis to consider allowing police and law enforcement officials to access its prescription drug monitoring database without a court order, pitting patient rights to privacy against the government's ability to investigate so-called doctor shopping. Republican state Sen. Robert Singer introduced the legislation Tuesday after discussions with a county prosecutor, arguing that the legislation will help officials target physicians who might be illicitly prescribing powerful prescription medications.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA County Leaders To Discuss Health Permit Fees For Adult Film Studios
Five years after Los Angeles County voters approved the use of condoms on adult film sets, public health officials Tuesday will ask the Board of Supervisors to take the next step and agree on a set of fees to pay for inspections at film production sites. Public health officials will propose that adult film producers pay $1,672 for a permit and about $65 for each visit public health inspectors make to a set to ensure condoms are being used. That doesn't mean inspectors will make unannounced visits or watch filming, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County's interim health officer. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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