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July 26, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Florida Officer Survives Gunshot To Face, Kills Bank Robbery Suspect
A veteran Jacksonville K-9 officer is in stable condition after a Tuesday afternoon shootout left him with a bullet in his face and a bank robbery suspect dead after a two-mile chase down Old Middleburg Road, Sheriff Mike Williams said. Despite being shot in the chin area during the pursuit, 11-year veteran officer Jeremy Mason continued to follow 28-year-old suspect Michael Joseph Harris until a crash stopped it all at Buttercup Street, Williams said at a late Tuesday news conference. After the crash, Harris came out of his car with the gun and was shot dead by Mason and detective Brad Hurst, who had joined the pursuit, Williams said. 
Florida Times-Union

Texas Officer Seriously Injured, Suspect Killed In Early-Morning Gunfight
Authorities say a police officer is in serious condition after a fatal gunfight outside an apartment complex in San Antonio. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says officers responded early Wednesday to a disturbance call at the complex where investigators believed a home invasion may have occurred. McManus says one officer confronted three suspects in a car and began struggling with the driver. He says a back-seat passenger got out of the car and began firing, striking the officer at least once. McManus says it appears the wounded officer and at least one other officer returned fire, killing the alleged gunman. 
Associated Press

Police Commission Rules LAPD Officer Justified In Fatally Shooting 14-Year-Old In Boyle Heights In a 3-1 vote, the civilian panel determined that last summer's shooting of Jesse Romero fell within the Los Angeles Police Department's rules for using deadly force. The board, however, unanimously faulted one officer's tactics leading up to the shooting. The commissioners were also unanimous in deciding that another officer was justified in shooting 18-year-old Kenney Watkins in South L.A. The decisions followed a meeting that was tense at times, as activists who packed the room blasted the LAPD and urged commissioners to fault the officers who fired their guns.  In a statement, the LAPD officers' union said it sympathized with the families of those killed. However, the union said, Romero and Watkins “made horrible decisions, with tragic outcomes.” “Anytime a suspect shoots or points a gun at a police officer, the officer must act to protect themselves and the public,” the union said. “No matter the age, race or gender of a suspect firing a gun at a police officer, the bullets do the same amount of damage.”
Los Angeles Times

Activists Slam LAPD Over Police Shootings And Cadet Scandal
The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday that two fatal shootings by its officers were justified, despite outcry from community members who demanded accountability for the shootings, as well as for the cadet scandal after an officer was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female cadet. Before the contentious meeting, protesters from the Los Angeles Community Action Network, Black Lives Matter L.A. and Stop LAPD Spying Coalition gathered in front of police headquarters on First Street to call for an end to the LAPD's cadet youth leadership program. They also said it's time for Police Chief Charlie Beck to go. The demonstration brought a sharp rebuke from the union that represents rank and file officers. “These professional protesters ought to take off their tin foil hats, roll up their sleeves and work for the betterment of Los Angeles, and they should remember that those that live in glass houses should not throw stones,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

FBI, LAPD Offer Warning About Kidnapping Scam That Targeted Hundreds In Southern California
When Valerie Sobel answered a call two years ago from a phone number she didn't recognize, the person on the other end made a threat that would terrify any parent. The caller said, “We have your daughter Simone's finger,” Sobel said. "Do you want the rest of her in a body bag?" Horrified, Sobel rushed to follow the orders barked at her over the phone. She drove to a nearby location, following street-by-street directions through her West Los Angeles neighborhood, and wired $4,000 to the caller who claimed to have kidnapped her daughter. The instructions were specific, down to the number of pieces to shred the wire transfer receipt into, Sobel said. Hours passed. Sobel repeatedly called her daughter but could not get through. Finally, Simone returned her mother's call, confused by the frantic messages. 
Los Angeles Times

Woman Shot, Wounded In Car-To-Car Shooting In Jefferson Park
A 25-year-old woman was shot and wounded late Tuesday afternoon when suspects in a vehicle opened fire on another car at a gas station in Jefferson Park, authorities said.  The shooting was reported at 5:23 p.m. at the intersection of Western Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.  An ambulance was requested at the scene, where the victim was conscious and breathing, police said.  The suspects in a white sedan shot at a vehicle that was driving by, investigators said.  In the aftermath of the incident, police closed the intersection and cordoned off the 76 gas station, which is located across the street from Metro's Expo/Western light-rail station.

1 Wounded As Police Hunt For South LA Shooter
One person in a vehicle was shot and wounded Tuesday in South Los Angeles. The male victim was shot about 2:15 p.m. in the area of Hobart Boulevard and 94th Street, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Media Relations Section. He was taken to a hospital, Madison said, but an update on his condition was not immediately available. Officers were conducting a perimeter search for whoever shot the victim, police said.

LA Leader To Offer $15K Reward In Search For ‘Thelma And Louise' Bandits
Two armed women who held up a North Hills bank in brazen fashion earlier this month are allegedly connected to a string of bank robberies in the Los Angeles area, law enforcement and city officials said today. Los Angeles Police Department investigators believe the pair, along with a third male member, worked as part of a crew that hit up four banks in the San Fernando Valley, including the Chase branch in North Hills, and potentially another Chase bank in Manhattan Beach over the past two months. L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the northwest Valley, said he has proposed a $15,000 reward to help generate tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the robberies. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Fake Cop Does Real Time For Sex Attacks In Hollywood
An Orange County man has been sentenced to 115 years to life in prison for impersonating a police officer and fondling two women in separate incidents in the Hollywood area and ordering another woman to take off her clothes. Christoph Moore, 41, of Anaheim, had been convicted June 20 of one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual assault, criminal threats, grand theft and second-degree burglary and two counts of false imprisonment by violence. Moore approached one woman on Nov. 24, 2015, flashed a badge and fondled her breasts. He approached a second woman less than a week later, showed her a badge and fondled her buttocks, according to the prosecutor. Moore was arrested in December 2015, after Los Angeles police circulated security video footage. Sentencing was handed down Tuesday.

Multivehicle Crash In Woodland Hills Leaves 2 Injured: LAPD
Multiple vehicles were involved in a crash in Woodland Hills on Tuesday afternoon, police said. The crash was reported about 4 p.m. at Ventura Boulevard and Premiere Hills Circle, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Tony Im said. Four vehicles were involved, Im said. Ambulances were requested for two victims with minor injuries, he said. Later, at the scene of the crash, two men involved in the collision told KTLA conflicting reasons for the crash. Shaun Anastascio, one of the drivers involved in the crash, said another driver was street racing and that is what led to the collision. "There's no way they weren't going at an unreasonable speed," Anastascio said. 

Sheriff Investigates 'Disturbing' Claims Of Deputy Misconduct With Youth In Mentoring Program
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating allegations of misconduct involving a deputy and a member of the agency's youth mentoring program. The “alarming and disturbing” claims were discovered during a countywide review of the agency's Deputy Explorer program and appear to be isolated, the department said in a statement released Tuesday. The department has opened administrative and criminal investigations into the alleged misconduct, officials said. A sheriff's spokeswoman declined to detail the misconduct or identify who was involved. The Deputy Explorer program is an educational opportunity for people aged 14 though 21, allowing them to work alongside deputies and assist with duties including crowd management, traffic control and handling community events. 
Los Angeles Times

New State Law Will Limit How Child Sexual Assault Victims Are Interviewed
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure placing limits on how alleged child sexual assault victims may be interviewed during civil legal proceedings. State Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) said he authored the bill after meeting with parents who decided not to file suit because they were afraid defense lawyers would traumatize their children. He also met with parents who felt defense attorneys' experts had manipulated their children. “Manipulation is currently allowed under the existing anything-goes process … for litigation on child abuse cases,” Beall said in an interview. “This bill would start imposing some standards or rules of behavior when it comes to cases that involve interviewing children.” 

Trump administration toughens policy against sanctuary cities
The Trump administration on Tuesday strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not give federal officials advance notice when illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails. The new policy, announced by the Department of Justice, will apply to all cities that get grants from the so-called Byrne Justice Assistance grant program, for which the administration has requested just over $380 million for the coming year.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA's Weed Industry Needs A Bank. City Leaders Might Create One It Can Use
Los Angeles city leaders are looking into the possibility of setting up a public bank that would do business with marijuana dispensaries, as well as cater to affordable housing developers. Council President Herb Wesson proposed the idea in a speech at City Hall, laying out his agenda for the next two years. He said a municipal bank would be able to focus on providing financing to small businesses and developers of affordable housing.  The announcement comes as Oakland also is considering opening its own bank. “Imagine, if this is possible, to have a bank, where its vision statement is to finance the building of affordable housing,” he told his colleagues on the City Council.
Los Angeles Daily News

East LA Special Assembly Election To Replace New Congressman Jimmy Gomez
Gov. Jerry Brown has called an Oct. 3 special election to fill the 51st Assembly District seat vacated by Jimmy Gomez who was elected to Congress. If no candidate receives a majority, as is expected with the large field, a runoff among the top two candidates, regardless of party, will be held Dec. 5. The overwhelmingly Democratic district includes Echo Park, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, El Sereno, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, City Terrace, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles and a portion of Silver Lake.


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