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September 13, 2017

Law Enforcement News

California Deputy's Murder Blamed On Gov. Brown-Backed Prison Reform
Law enforcement groups in California have propelled the state's prison reform measure, known as Assembly Bill 109, into the limelight by proclaiming that it led to the murder of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Robert French. “Deputy French was gunned down by a cowardly fugitive with a decades-long criminal history that should have been behind bars. California's nonsensical experiment of releasing hardcore criminals back on the streets has created a revolving door criminal justice system with deadly consequences,” Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, told Fox News. “The Los Angeles Police Department is understaffed and it makes little sense to keep releasing convicted criminals to wreak more havoc on our streets. These failed policies need to be rescinded.”
Fox News

Retired NY Officer Dies Of 9/11-Related Cancer
A retired officer who responded to Ground Zero died from cancer related to the response. Walter Mallinson died Saturday after a “long and courageous battle,” his obituary said. He was 56. Before his retirement, Mallinson was a K-9 officer with the Harrison Police Department. Salvatore Piazza, who owns a K-9 training company, told LoHud News that Mallinson worked well with others and was dedicated to his K-9. Mallinson leaves behind a wife, daughter, and son, who is a state trooper.

Oregon Trooper Saved By Ballistic Vest
An Oregon State Police trooper was shot during a traffic stop near Creswell, according to Oregon State Police officials. The trooper is expected to survive, and a person of interest is in custody, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Yvette Shephard. The trooper was shot in the vest at Oregon 99 and Davisson Road after attempting to stop a stolen vehicle about 1:20 p.m., Shephard said. The trooper fired back but didn't hit the suspect, Shephard said.
The Oregonian

Homelessness A ‘Significant Challenge' For LAPD Officers Patrolling Metro Buses And Trains
Ten weeks into patrolling Metro's public transit system, a top Los Angeles Police Department official told the Police Commission Tuesday that calls related to homelessness and mental illness pose a “significant” challenge for law enforcement, so efforts are underway to increase staffing to address such incidences. Many individuals who are homeless use Metro's buses and train cars as “shelter, which puts our officers in a really difficult position,” said Deputy Chief Robert Green, who heads up the Transit Services Bureau, the department that is carrying out LAPD's service contract with the Metro public transit agency.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Saw A Drop In Homicides This Summer, Falling To Levels Seen In 1966: LAPD
Two years ago, a particularly brutal August — the deadliest the city had seen in years — alarmed Los Angeles police. Hoping to slow the bloodshed, top officials at the Los Angeles Police Department retooled their crime-fighting strategies. They sent extra officers to the neighborhoods hit hardest, looking for guns and focusing on gang-inspired violence. This summer, those changes finally paid off, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday. L.A. saw a total of 59 homicides in June, July and August, Beck said — far lower than the number of killings typical for the three-month period.

Man Shot To Death In Leimert Park Alley
Police say a man was found shot to death in an alley in Leimert Park on Tuesday. Authorities responded to the 2700 block of West Vernon at 5:47 a.m. A motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. The victim was identified only as a man in his 40s or 50s. Police say the man was not a transient. Officers have spoken to residents but were unable to find any witnesses. A weapon was not discovered at the scene. No further information was released at this time.

Shooting Prompts Chase In South LA, 2 Found Wounded
At least two people were found wounded after a car-to-car shooting prompted a police pursuit that ended in a violent crash in South LA. Officers saw the gunfire at about 4:30 a.m. in the area of 51st and Hoover streets, and began chasing after one of the cars, police officials said. The driver crashed a few minutes later to the area of 67th Street and Broadway. Police say there were five people in the car, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Man Fatally Shot In South LA Prompts Homicide Investigation
Police were investigating a shooting that left a man dead on a South Los Angeles street on Tuesday. Shortly before 3 p.m., officers responded to 97th and Wall streets, where they discovered the body of a man. A Ford Mustang with its back window blown out was seen parked next to a car seat on the curb. The area was one of two crime scenes, police said - the other at 98th and San Pedro streets. San Pedro was closed in both directions as the homicide investigation continued. No arrests were immediately made.

Love Triangle In DTLA; Man Stabbed By Sword, Suspect Barricaded In Apartment
A man who allegedly stabbed another man with a sword was barricaded in an apartment near downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning, prompting a SWAT response, police said. A woman was walking to her apartment in the 200 block of East Washington Boulevard with the victim around 3 a.m., said Officer Irma Mota of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division.

Prisoner Recaptured After Escape From LA Reentry Program
A prisoner who walked away from a community reentry program in Los Angeles on Sunday was recaptured Tuesday morning, officials said. Rolando A. Pineda, 21, walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program Sunday night. He had been scheduled to be released for parole supervision on March 4, 2018. He was found and arrested at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday in Bell Gardens by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Special Service Unit.

Both Hit And Run Drivers Arrested For Fatally Striking Woman In Van Nuys
A second driver suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a woman riding a bicycle in Van Nuys was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony hit and run. Jenevieve B. Hegedus, 34, of Valley Village was driving a 2011 Mitsubishi that struck the victim, identified by the coroner's office as 55-year-old Tracy Adams, who had been struck by another car about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Stagg Street, near Saticoy Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LA Sues 90-Year-Old Over South LA Home Called ‘Seat Of Lawlessness' For Drugs, Violent Crime
The City Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit today against the 90-year-old owner of a South Los Angeles home and her son, alleging that the residence has been a “seat of lawlessness” involving drug transactions and violent crimes for two decades. The Los Angeles Superior Court complaint seeks an injunction and abatement of an alleged nuisance against Inest A. Thacker and her 58-year-old son, Darryl E. Halcromb.
Los Angeles Daily News

| Berkeley Loosens Rules On Police Pepper-Spraying Protesters
For the first time in 20 years, police in the city of Berkeley can use pepper spray on violent demonstrators. The City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday to allow police to use pepper spray to repel attacks on officers and others during the kind of violent protests that have rocked the city this year. They still may not use it as an overall crowd-control method. The Tuesday vote came ahead of another planned speech on Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley that may bring more violence.

Despite Compromise, California Law Enforcement Mixed On ‘Sanctuary State' Bill
The California State Sheriffs' Association remains opposed to the so-called “Sanctuary State” bill despite a number of amendments that weakened the final version, the group announced Tuesday. Meanwhile, the California Police Chiefs Association said following Monday's revisions that it has lifted its opposition to SB 54, formally named the California Values Act, which would limit law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. It's now taking a neutral stance.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making It Illegal To Use Pot While Driving, Riding Inside Cars
Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that makes it illegal to smoke or consume marijuana while driving or riding inside a vehicle. The move is in anticipation of state-licensed marijuana sales for recreational use. That begins January first. A study in 2012 found that more weekend nighttime drivers in California tested positive for marijuana than alcohol. The governor vetoed another marijuana bill that would have barred packaging that could appeal to children, such as wrappers that make edibles look like candy.
FOX 11

California Lawmakers Pass Legislation Reducing Penalty For Knowingly Exposing Sex Partners To HIV
State lawmakers on Monday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would reduce from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection. SB 239, which now goes to the governor, was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who said the current law discriminated against those who have human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS, because exposure to other communicable diseases is a misdemeanor.

Local Government News

Embattled ethics watchdog to step down amid turmoil at water agency
The Metropolitan Water District's embattled ethics watchdog announced her resignation Tuesday amid a monthslong internal struggle over her office and its investigations. Ethics officer Deena Ghaly informed the MWD of her decision hours before the agency's 38-member board was scheduled to evaluate her performance. Ghaly, whose office is the subject of an ongoing outside review, said it had become “impossible” for her to carry out her duties of creating, administering and enforcing ethics rules. ?
Los Angeles Times

2028 Olympics News

LA Landmarks Will Light Up As City Awaits Official 2028 Olympics Announcement
Iconic Los Angeles landmarks and buildings will be illuminated Tuesday and Wednesday night in anticipation of the expected announcement that the city will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Lima, Peru, with the announcement expected Wednesday. Since the city has already reached a tentative agreement to host in 2028 and has no competitors for the slot, the announcement at this point is considered by observers to be a formality.


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