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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 22, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Announces Retirement
In a surprise announcement, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Friday he will retire in June, ending a more than 40-year career with the LAPD capped by eight years as L.A.'s top cop in a time of change for the storied department. Beck is in his second five-year term as L.A.'s 56th police chief. It was to end in November 2019. Instead, his last day will be June 27, his 65th birthday. The Los Angeles Police Protective League — the officers' union — called for the next chief to oversee a beefed-up force. “We urge Mayor Garcetti to appoint a new chief who's committed to reducing violent crime, addressing our officer understaffing crisis, and preparing the LAPD to secure our city during the 2028 Olympic Games,” the LAPPL said in a statement. 
Daily News

Garcetti Now Faces A Pivotal Choice Tinged With Politics, Race And Gender: Selecting A New Chief
Shortly after Charlie Beck announced he will retire as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Joe Buscaino declared on Twitter that it was time for a woman to take his place. Others speculated Friday about whether the department should be led by an insider or an outsider, someone who will keep the department on the same path or radically change its course, or someone who reflects the diversity of Los Angeles — perhaps a Latino, or an Asian American.
Los Angeles Times

Violent Crime Drops In Harbor Area, But Increases Citywide In LA
Fueled by dips in homicides, rapes and robberies, the number of violent crimes in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles dropped nearly 3 percent in 2017 and the number of shooting victims and “shots fired” calls declined, statistics show. Property crime stayed about even for the year in San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway, and Harbor City, where the overall major crime rate dipped nearly 1 percent in 2017 from the year before.
Daily Breeze

Pennsylvania Officer Shot While Serving Warrant In Stable Condition
A York City Police officer shot while serving a warrant in Harrisburg on Thursday , Jan. 18, remains in stable condition. Officer Kyle Pitts, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, is recovering from a non-life-threatening injury at a Harrisburg-area hospital, according to a Sunday, Jan. 21, news release from the York City Police Department.
The York Dispatch, Pa.

1 Dead, 1 Injured After Shooting At Homeless Camp In Highland Park
One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Sunday at a homeless encampment in Highland Park, north of downtown. The shooting occurred about 4:50 a.m. on Avenue 52 near the 110 Freeway, said Officer Rosario Herrera, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Gang Member, 17, Shot To Death Sitting In His Car In LA's Jefferson Park Area
A 17-year-old reputed gang member was shot to death as he sat in his car in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles, a police sergeant said. Photo via OnScene.TV.A 17-year-old reputed gang member was shot to death as he sat in his car in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles, a police sergeant said.

Man Shot Near North Hollywood 7-Eleven Where Another Was Stabbed To Death In Recent Days
A man in his 20s was wounded in the leg in a shooting Thursday night at a mini-mall in the North Hollywood area that was the scene of a fatal stabbing days earlier. The victim in Thursday's incident was shot outside the 7-Eleven at the strip mall about 7:45 p.m. on Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Oxnard Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition, said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera.
Los Angeles Daily News

Parents Warned Of Attempted Abductions In Woodland Hills, Newbury Park
Law enforcement officials are putting parents and students on alert following attempted abductions in Woodland Hills and Newbury Park. There's been two attempted abductions, and both occurred on Tuesday, authorities said. LAPD and Ventura County sheriff's officials believe the two cases could possibly be related.

'He Was My Heart': Family Searches for Son's Killer
On August 26, 2017, 21-year-old Isaiah Alvarez left with friends from the Eagle Rock area to attend what's referred to as a "flyer" party promoted on social media. It was the last night he would be alive. "When I drove down there that night, I knew where I was. I was in hell," said Alex Alvarez about arriving to find his son face-down on the pavement in an alley. "Everywhere you go the devil is lurking, and he was there that night."

2 Men Plead Guilty In Statewide Probe Involving Several Young Sex Trafficking Victims
Two men have pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges after being arrested last year in a statewide investigation into the case of 13 young girls who were sold for sex throughout California and in Nevada, officials announced this week. The two were accused of transporting their 13 victims — eight of whom were juveniles — throughout a crime network that spanned the northern Bay Area, the Los Angeles area, the Central Valley and Las Vegas.

Recreational Marijuana Is Legal In California, But Stoned Driving Is Still Hard To Detect
When a 22-year-old Hayward man allegedly slammed his Cadillac into a California Highway Patrol vehicle and killed Officer Andrew Camilleri on Christmas Eve, he was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, officials said. CHP reported that Mohammed Abraar Ali had a blood-alcohol level of .11, above the state limit of .08 for motorists.
Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown Blocks Parole For Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten, Reversing Board's Decision
Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board's decision to free Manson family killer Leslie Van Houten. In September, the Board of Parole Hearings found Van Houten, 68, suitable for release. At 19, Van Houten had taken part in the brutal slayings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1969. “The question I must answer is whether Leslie Van Houten will pose a current danger to the public if released from prison,” Brown wrote in his statement, released Friday night.

Public Safety News

Flu Epidemic Causes Deaths To Spike In California — With No End In Sight
The current flu epidemic is literally nothing to sneeze at. The virulent flu has caused a spike in the number of people headed to ERs and many of these people don't make it home. As CBS2's Stacey Butler reports there has been a rapid rise in the number of fatal cases attributed to this flu — 32 reported deaths in just the last week alone.

Local Government News

South L.A. Center Provides One-Stop Assistance For People Facing Homelessness
Lashea Singleton and her 14-year-old daughter, Monica, suddenly found themselves homeless in August. Singleton, 37, had been living at her sister's apartment but said she moved out after they had an argument. Through word of mouth, she found herself at a facility in South Los Angeles that provides services to homeless families or those on the verge of homelessness.
Los Angeles Times

Recreational Marijuana Sales Are Now Allowed In LA , After Shops Get First Licenses
Los Angeles marijuana stores on Friday evening got the OK to begin selling cannabis to anyone 21 and older with just an ID. “It's finally here. The second largest city in the county has officially welcomed full legalization of marijuana for adult use,” said Daniel Yi, spokesman for MedMen, which owns three licensed shops in Los Angeles and operates four more stores throughout Southern California.
Los Angeles Daily News


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