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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 12, 2017

Law Enforcement News

LA Fire And Police Remember Victims Of 9/11 Terror
Many in the Southland took time out Monday to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States that took place 16 years ago. The Los Angeles Fire Department held its annual 9/11 ceremony at the Frank Hotchkin Training Center on Stadium Way near Dodger Stadium, with LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas, Police Chief Charlie Beck and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla among those in attendance.
Los Angeles Daily News

Video: Officer Fights For Life As Man Attempts To Grab Service Weapon
A harrowing fight between an officer and a driver was caught on dash camera footage. Officer Alec Bowes was on patrol Wednesday when he spotted Markarios Kirkwood, 43, going 71 mph through a neighborhood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Bowes turned his car around and pulled over Kirkwood, who can be seen on dash camera footage hopping a curb before coming to a complete stop. “At that point, I'm thinking DWI,” Bowes told Fox 2 Now.

LAPD Asks For Public's Help In Fatal Van Nuys Shooting
Police on Monday asked for the public's help in identifying a suspect in a shooting that left one man dead and another man wounded outside a Van Nuys bar. The victim was identified as 33-year-old Julio Rodriguez, whose residence is unknown, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics in front of the Carlitos Way bar at 15283 Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Pursuit Of Stolen Motorcycle Ends At Pacoima Gas Station; Driver In Custody
Los Angeles police were in pursuit of a stolen motorcycle Monday night, LAPD authorities said. The motorcycle was driving along the sidewalk at one point, as shown in Sky5 footage, and the pursuit ended near Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Paxton Street in Pacoima when the motorcycle was seen pulling into a gas station. The suspect could be seen getting off the motorcycle and surrendering to police by raising up his arms.

Search Underway For Prisoner Who Escaped LA Reentry Program
State corrections officials are searching for a prisoner who walked away from a community reentry program in Los Angeles on Sunday six months before he was due for parole. Rolando A. Pineda, 21, walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program Sunday night. He was scheduled to be released for parole supervision on March 4, 2018. Pineda entered the state prison system in October 2016 on a three-year sentence for evading a police officer while driving recklessly.

LAPD Seeks Killer Who Struck Near LA Cemetery
Authorities today sought public help to find the gunman who killed a man in the Harvard Heights area of Los Angeles. The shooting occurred about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at Venice Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The area is near Rosedale Cemetery, which was founded in in 1884, and was the first cemetery open to all races and creeds, according to Wikipedia. The wounded man, in his 40s, died at the scene, the coroner's office reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Sentenced To 113 Years To Life In Prison For Fatally Shooting, Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend
In Pacoima A 48-year-old man was sentenced to 113 to life in prison for stabbing and fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend in the head at a Pacoima home more than a year ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Michael Parks pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on June 20 in connection with the Sept. 7, 2016 crime. The jury also found him guilty of using a handgun and a knife during the incident.

‘I Want To Be Safe.' Why A Growing Number Of Neighborhoods Are Hiring Private Security
Emily Hannon's neighborhood in Land Park is no criminal hotspot, but she said the “little things” have added up over her nine years there. First, the radio was stolen out of Hannon's locked car. Then decorations disappeared from her front porch. And in recent years, she said, crime targeting her neighbors has seemed to rise, with posts about Land Park car break-ins popping up on the neighborhood social site Nextdoor every week.
Sacramento Bee

Bill That Would Expand The Evidence Prosecutors Can Use Against Sex Traffickers In Court Goes To Gov. Brown
The state Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would expand the evidence that prosecutors can bring forth at trial against defendants charged with selling victims for sex. The legislation, filed by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would allow prosecutors to call on witnesses or provide records that speak to a criminal suspect's character, in attempts to show to the jury a pattern of abuse toward the victim.
The Los Angeles Times

Proposed Measure Would Make Abortion First-Degree Murder In California
Supporters behind a far reaching proposal to criminalize abortion as first-degree murder in California have moved closer to putting the measure on the November 2018 ballot. Daniel Ehinger, whose is behind the initiative, announced on Facebook on Friday that supporters have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to put the measure before voters. "We received our circulating title to gather signatures and work to get Abolishing Abortion on the November 6th, 2018 ballot through a state ballot initiative that would amend our constitution.
FOX 11

KC Police Disarm Antifa Groups, Others At Washington Square Rally
Kansas City police ordered armed antifa groups and others to remove ammunition from their weapons and from their possession at a rally Saturday morning in Washington Square Park. The armed individuals peacefully complied. Several with the antifa groups said the action violated their rights under state law allowing them to openly carry weapons. They said they planned to fight the order but decided not to take any action at the park.
The Kansas City Star

Local Government News

Group Targets Drivers' Wallets To Reduce Traffic In Los Angeles
A Southern California group is promoting a new idea for reducing traffic in Los Angeles, one which could hit drivers right in their wallet. The Southern California Association of Governments is promoting the idea of congestion pricing - charging drivers to use certain roads during rush hour - as part of its "100 Hours" campaign to raise awareness about traffic issues, reports NBC4 media partner KPCC.

Heal The Bay Deems Los Angeles River Unsafe For High Levels Of Bacteria
A local advocacy group is warning people to stay clear of the Los Angeles River. Along the banks of the L.A. River, in the Elysian Valley, every morning you'll find Daniel Huda and his dog. Despite concerns of possible heath risks, the duo keeps coming back. "I kind of figure bacteria levels in the river would be kind of higher than normal just because of the algae and everything in there," Huda said. Last week, advocacy group Heal the Bay, posted concerns about bacteria floating in the river.

2028 Olympics News

How L.A. Lost The Olympic Bid, Got It Back Then Won It In July,
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered the news many Southern Californians had been waiting to hear for 33 years. “I am proud to announce that the Olympic games are coming back to the United States of America,” Garcetti said. “We will host the games here in the City of Angels again.” Bringing the summer games back to L.A. for a third time has been a life-long dream of both Garcetti and Los Angeles Olympic Chairman Casey Wasserman.


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