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Police Protective League
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rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

August 25, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Police Unions Join Forces To Rally For Mental Health Reform
Police unions from around the country came together in June to try to improve officers' responses. They call their effort Compassionate and Accountable Responses for Everyone, and are focused on implementing mental health policies laid out in the 21st Century Cures Act, signed by former President Barack Obama in December. The law includes changes to federal mental health policies regarding law enforcement training, coordination among multidisciplinary response teams and clarification of the medical privacy law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects the information of patients. "The scapegoating of police officers for the failing mental health system ends today," Jamie McBride, director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said at the press conference.

Drug Lord Sentenced In Murder Of DEA Agent
He was known as “El Padrino” — the Godfather — and, as co-founder of the once-dominant Guadalajara drug cartel, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo reigned over Mexico's multibillion-dollar narco-commerce with all the ruthlessness and aplomb of the fictional Don Corleone. The former street cop and bodyguard turned-drug kingpin counted police commanders and politicians among his protectors and supplicants. But eventually, Gallardo went too far.
Los Angeles Times

Arkansas Deputy Dies After Pursuit Crash, Suspect Arrested
A deputy died early Thursday after crashing during a high-speed pursuit with a suspect, who was also injured. According to Arkansas Online, 29-year-old Deputy Timothy Braden attempted to pull over 23-year-old Samuel Vincent, who refused to stop. The ensuing pursuit ended when both Braden and Vincent “simultaneously lost control” of their cars and left the roadway. Braden died at a hospital. Vincent was injured and is being held on charges of first-degree murder, fleeing, possession of schedule VI controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Insane Son Found Not Guilty In Mom's LA Killing
A judge has found that a 25-year-old man who pleaded no contest to killing his mother at his downtown Los Angeles apartment while she was visiting from Taiwan was insane at the time of the crime. Chao Ming Chen pleaded no contest to first-degree murder for the Feb. 1, 2015, killing of his mother, Yi Tung Weng, and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mildred Escobedo subsequently found him not guilty by reason of insanity, according to Deputy District Attorney Colby Cano. Los Angeles police officers responding to a 911 call found the 48-year-old woman's body inside her son's apartment in the 1300 block of Figueroa Street.

USC Medical Student Found Dead Inside Residence Hall
Back on campus for classes and USC medical students are learning about the loss of a fellow classmate. A 24-year-old graduate student was found dead inside his dorm room on the Health Sciences Campus, according to police. “It's absolutely shocking and kind of scary,” Natalie Wilkie, USC summer program student, said. “I've been looking at USC maybe for graduate school and that's scary that that happened here.” Police say a cleaning crew discovered the body of Jacob Kelley on Wednesday at Seaver Hall after getting reports of a foul smell. 
FOX 11

Chinese Computer Hacker Nabbed At LAX: Massive Federal Info Attack
A Chinese national arrested at Los Angeles International Airport is facing charges stemming from a hacking attack that netted personal information of tens of millions of federal employees from the computer system of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, it was announced Thursday. Yu Pingan, 36, of Shanghai, was arrested Monday following the filing of a federal criminal complaint in San Diego that accused him of conspiracy with others to cause damage to a protected computer network, according to court documents.

New ISIS Propaganda Video Features A 10-Year Old Boy And Shots Of LA
The video may be shocking to some, but for career law enforcement officers like Captain Bobby Wyche of the LA County Sheriff Department's Criminal Intelligence Bureau - it's more of the same. “We're already at the highest state of alert." Sure the images that contain aerials of the LA basin, bring things uncomfortably close to home, but Wyche says: ‘'We have nothing specific or credible directed at Los Angeles County.'' The video means ISIS is ‘'desperate'' according to Brian Levin.
FOX 11

Civilian Panel Says LA Sheriff Needs More Mental Health Teams
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell needs to dramatically increase the number of special teams that deal with people with mental illness, according to a report issued Thursday by the department's civilian oversight panel. The report, the first independent look at the sheriff's much vaunted Mental Evaluation Teams, said the department needs to move faster to train patrol deputies in distinguishing between someone who is dangerous and someone who is harmless but acting out because of a mental disorder. Each team is supposed to have a sheriff's deputy and a county mental health clinician.

12 Arrested, 4 Flee After Officials Spot Panga Boats Smuggling Migrants Into San Diego County: Border Patrol
A dozen people were arrested after U.S. border officials spotted two panga boats smuggling people into the country along the San Diego coast early Thursday morning. Another four people involved in the maritime smuggling incidents were able to flee, including the operator of one of the boats, according to Eduardo Lamos, a public information officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The seven men and five women who were taken into custody were mostly from Mexico, while one person was Guatemalan.

With Far-Right, Anti-Fascist Groups Expected To Clash In Bay Area, Police Plan Overwhelming Force, Zero Tolerance
Back-to-back rallies this weekend that are expected to draw both far-right figures and large groups of counter-protesters to the Bay Area will offer a test of whether police can prevent the violence that plagued similar protests earlier this year. Law enforcement has spent weeks planning for the events in San Francisco and Berkeley. At the center of the campaign will be a huge police presence, perhaps more than a thousand officers who intend to crack down at the first sign of trouble.
Los Angeles Times

California Lawmakers Ask Gov. Jerry Brown To Bar The Marketing Of Pot Edibles To Minors
Just months before shops can begin selling marijuana for recreational use, state lawmakers on Thursday sent the governor a bill aimed at preventing the drug from being marketed to minors. The measure approved by the state Senate prohibits packaging and labeling of marijuana products that show "pot edibles" such as cookies and candy bars. The bill by Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Chico) also bars packaging that mimics the name or packaging of non-marijuana candies, snacks and drinks. “Studies have shown the dangers that accidental marijuana ingestion poses to young children,” Nielsen said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

California Supreme Court Upholds Measure To Speed Executions
The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state's dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions. The highly anticipated ruling concerned Proposition 66, a push to “mend not end” capital punishment in California. The measure aimed to expedite death sentences in part by setting a five-year deadline on court appeals by condemned inmates. With two of the seven justices dissenting, the state Supreme Court said the five-year deadline was advisory, not mandatory — a point that supporters of the measure had conceded during oral arguments.

Local Government News

Big Boost For Clean LA River
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a plan that would for the first time see the Army Corps of Engineers alter the Los Angeles River for the purpose of ecosystem restoration. The $8.1 million plan is part of a larger $1.4 blueprint to revitalize 11 miles of the river and return it from the concrete channel it is Thursday to a more natural state. The proposal would see the Army Corps begin preliminary work on constructing a 500-foot-long terraced bank on the west side of the Los Angeles River in downtown.

Kern County Agrees To Stop Challenging L.A. Over Dumping Of Treated Human Waste
Kern County has agreed to stop challenging the City of Los Angeles over its practice of dumping treated human waste on Kern County farmland, capping a bitter legal battle that has spanned more than a decade. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday, with one member absent, to approve the settlement “to avoid further litigation or controversy” regarding the dumping of biosolids, according to the agreement.
Los Angeles Times


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