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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

December 5, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Texas Officer Shot To Death While Serving Warrant
Police have revealed the identity of an officer shot and killed while serving a warrant in Central Texas. A statement issued by San Marcos, Texas, officials said 58-year-old Officer Kenneth Copeland died Monday afternoon after being shot multiple times by a suspect while Copeland was serving a warrant.
Associated Press

Attorney: Death Penalty To Be Sought In Texas Officer Death
An attorney for a 19-year-old college student charged in the fatal shooting of a Texas Tech University police officer says prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against his client if he's convicted of capital murder.
Associated Press

Blue Light Ceremony To Honor Officers Who Lost Lives In Line Of Duty
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will hold its annual Blue Light ceremony Monday, honoring law enforcement members who lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony at Palm Desert City Hall honors fallen law enforcement members with blue lights to be displayed through Jan. 1.

Crime Rates Down In California, Up In L.A. County, During Period Of Criminal Justice Reform
Between 2010 and 2016, crime in Los Angeles County — including property and violent crime — rose by 5% even as overall crime in the rest of the state fell by the same rate, according to a report released Tuesday. The study by the nonprofit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice analyzed city crime trends throughout California during a period referred to as the “justice reform era,” where legislation, voter-approved initiatives and court mandates brought major changes to California's justice system.
Los Angeles Times

Gunshot Victim Killed In Watts: Police Investigate Early Morning Tragedy
A man was fatally shot Monday in the Watts area of southeast Los Angeles, police said. The man, in his mid-30s, died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 1:35 a.m. in the 2100 block of East 99th Place, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Authorities withheld his name, pending notification of his relatives.

Driver Arrested After Crashing Vehicle Into South L.A. Home During Police Pursuit; House Red-Tagged: LAPD
A man was taken into custody after a short pursuit ended with an SUV slamming into a home in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, according to LAPD. About 2:30 p.m., officers observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Ascot Avenue and East 48th Street and initiated a chase, according to Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Alfonso Lopez.

Wilshire Boulevard Armed Robber Caught On Video
Police today released security video of a man wanted for robbing a convenience store in the Mid-Wilshire area at gunpoint. The crime occurred on Nov. 15 about 7:10 p.m. on the 5000 block of Wilshire Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

'Bandit' Taxi Driver Accused Of Rape; Police Seek Additional Victims
Police are looking for additional victims of a “bandit” taxi driver accused of raping a woman last month after she hailed a ride home, authorities said. The woman thought she had taken a Yellow Taxi after leaving a bar near Vermont Avenue and Pico Boulevard about 12:15 a.m. Nov. 12, according to the Los Angeles Police Department .
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Asked For $3 Million For Community Policing. The DOJ Said No. Some Fear It's A Sign Of What's Ahead.
In 2015, a community policing initiative — one credited with helping curb violence in some of L.A.'s toughest housing projects — scored the Los Angeles Police Department high-level praise. A captain and a sergeant who led the program were invited to Washington, D.C., earning coveted seats near the first lady during President Obama's State of the Union address.
Los Angeles Times

5 Big Numbers Tell The Story Of LA's Cash Bail System
A new report released Monday provides a first-of-its-kind glimpse at L.A.'s bail system – and a sense of what's at stake in the coming debate over whether it's fair for the criminal justice system to demand bail from low level offenders.

Gov. Jerry Brown Plans To Upgrade California's Emergency Alert System
Gov. Jerry Brown is considering upgrading the state's emergency alert system in the wake of this fall's devastating wildfires across Northern California, the governor's emergency services director told legislators on Monday.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Creek Fire Burns 2,500 Acres In Kagel Canyon Above Sylmar, Threatening Homes
An early-morning second-alarm brush fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area above Sylmar today charred more than 2,500 acres and is threatening homes, prompting evacuations.
Los Angeles Daily News

To Combat Hepatitis Outbreak, LA Opens Skid Row Hygiene Center
A hygiene center opened Monday in downtown's Skid Row as part of the city's response to the outbreak of Hepatitis A in the area. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members Jose Huizar, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price were on hand to officially open the Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot, a personal care center that will provide showers and toilet facilities.

Local Government News

Red Flag Parking Restrictions In Effect In LA And Pasadena
With fire danger peaking due to gusting Santa Ana winds, red flag parking restrictions are in effect Tuesday in Los Angeles and Pasadena. The restrictions in Pasadena took effect at 6 p.m. Monday. In Los Angeles they will take effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday and remain in force until further notice, according to the fire departments in both cities.

LA Sues Uber Over Alleged Cover-Up Of 2016 Data Breach
The city of Los Angeles sued Uber on Monday, accusing the ride-hailing company of failing to inform the public immediately about a data breach that occurred more than a year ago. City Attorney Mike Feuer's lawsuit against Uber Technologies was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Lawmakers Are Close To Setting Ground Rules For Marijuana Industry
Los Angeles lawmakers took another step Monday toward imposing regulations that would limit where and how marijuana businesses can operate as California legalizes the sale of recreational pot. The elaborate regulations, which have been repeatedly tweaked at a string of city hearings, lay out the ground rules for what is expected to be one of the hottest marijuana markets in the country.
Los Angeles Times


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