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

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 25, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Colorado Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot, 1 Of 3 Suspects Caught
A sheriff's deputy was shot to death during a confrontation north of Denver and one suspect has been taken into custody and a manhunt is on for two others, authorities said. A spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to an "assault in progress" Wednesday night and saw one of the suspects run behind a house.
Associated Press

2 Michigan Troopers Shot While Serving Warrant
Two Michigan troopers were shot while executing a search warrant related to a cold case. reports that the troopers were executing a search warrant at a residence and announced their presence when the suspect fired at the officers. Police said the troopers were attempting to take cover when a detective sergeant was shot in the chest and a trooper received a grazing wound to the hand.

LAPD Shifts Hundreds Of Officers To Boost Neighborhood Patrols Amid Rising Violent Crime
As violent crime continues to rise, hundreds of Los Angeles police officers have been redeployed from specialized units and administrative positions to patrol duties in recent months in order to boost the number of officers on the streets, authorities said Wednesday. About 350 Los Angeles Police Department officers will have been redeployed from a variety of roles, including training, narcotics and media relations, once the realignment is completed in the near future. Robert Harris, who serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Protective League – the officers' rank-and-file union – called the move “a necessary step” to stem rising violent crime and increasing calls for service. But he said it was “a triage approach” to deal with the “crisis” facing patrol officers.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Officers Shot At While Responding To Shooting Call In Leimert Park, Police Say
LAPD officers were fired at, but none were struck or hurt, when they responded to a shooting call in Leimert Park on Wednesday night, police said. Units responded to a report of a shooting in the 4000 block of Third Avenue about 8:45 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. One victim was found with at least one gunshot wound, Im said. The individual was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition.

Metro CEO 'extremely disappointed' by LAPD treatment of woman pulled from subway train
The chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday said he was "extremely disappointed" by a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant's treatment of a young woman who was pulled from a subway train and detained because she refused to take her foot off a seat. The Los Angeles Police Protective League said the sergeant was doing his job. "It's clear that the suspect involved needs to take a class on manners and how to properly respond to a reasonable request from a police officer," said the union that represents rank-and-file officers. "Acting belligerently when being given the simple request to take your foot off a seat shows a complete lack of courtesy for the basic norms of society." The union questioned the MTA CEO's decision to criticize "an officer for enforcing its rules before seeing all the evidence." "We deserve better than a rush to judgment and being thrown under an MTA train by the knee jerk reactions of Mr. Washington."
Los Angeles Times

Councilwoman says Red Line subway isn't safe and won't ride it with her daughter
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said Wednesday that she does not feel safe riding with her 8-year-old daughter on the Metro Red Line subway, which carries passengers between North Hollywood and downtown. Appearing before the council's Public Safety Committee, Martinez said she wants more accurate data on harassment and sexual assault within the transit network. During her remarks, she described Metro buses and trains as "enclosed areas where victims have very little room to escape."
Los Angeles Times

Off-Duty LAPD Officer Won't Face Charges for Firing 'Warning Shot'
An off-duty LAPD officer “endangered the safety” of a group of Anaheim teenagers during a neighborhood scuffle nearly a year ago, but there isn't enough evidence to charge him with a crime, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents sworn LAPD officers, said the District Attorney's Office made the proper call by not filing any criminal charge. “Our officer took steps to protect himself when he was physically attacked by multiple individuals, including one who appeared to be concealing a sharp object that could be used as a weapon,” the group's board said in a statement. “Regardless of the attacker's age, police officers have the right and duty to protect themselves and the public when they come under attack.”
Orange County Register

Eagle Rock High School Student Victim Of Alleged Attempted Kidnapping
The teen girl attends school at Eagle Rock High School. Police say, she was walking home from school Monday afternoon just up the hill near Occidental College when a man tried to pull her into a car. The alleged attempted kidnapping happened near the corner of Campus Road and Escarpa Drive on Monday around 3pm.
FOX 11

Tarzana, Woodland Hills And Encino Would-Be Burglars Seen On Ring Cameras
Images captured on a homeowner's Ring surveillance cameras show two men and a third suspect wanted in connection with a chain of attempted residential burglaries last week in Tarzana, Woodland Hills and Encino, authorities said. The four attempted burglaries occurred between 2:50 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Jan. 19, the Los Angeles Police Department said.  Los Angeles Daily News

Investigation By LAPD's Major Crimes Division Results In Arrest Of Suspected Hit-And-Run Killer
Authorities Wednesday announced an arrest in the hit-and-run death of a man who was hit by a vehicle while jogging in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles about four years ago. Paul Grover , 62, was struck about 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2014, at Lincoln Boulevard and Bluff Trail Road, and died the following day at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

FBI Seeks 'Bladed Bandit' Who Has Struck Southern California Banks ? Authorities Wednesday circulated security photos of the so-called Bladed Bandit, who is wanted for brandishing a knife or gun while robbing three banks and trying to rob another in Los Angeles and Orange counties this month. The man is described as white, about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a slender build and light-color hair and eyes.

California May Up Its Rehab Efforts To Keep Ex-Inmates From Returning To Prison
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to add millions in new spending on programs to help former inmates stay out of jail—a proposal generating bipartisan praise because of concern they are returning to prison in large numbers. But some say it still isn't enough. The proposed $50 million would expand job training for prisoners and assist them in finding jobs once they are released, such as training them to become firefighters.

When Wakes And Vigils For Gun Violence Victims Aren't Safe
When a family loses a loved one, Lori Hadley-Davis walks them through the delicate and detailed process of preparing for the funeral. Will the family choose a burial or cremation? What about flowers or a poem for the funeral program? And when the deceased was killed by gun violence, it usually prompts an unasked question: “Do we need the police there?” Hadley-Davis, a mortician and owner of Hadley Davis Funeral homes, says for nearly all of the funerals she's planned for homicide victims in recent years, that answer is yes. 

Marijuana-Based Anti-Seizure Drug Could Hit U.S. Market In 2018 After Strong Study Results
A new class of epilepsy medications based on an ingredient derived from marijuana could be available as soon as the second half of 2018 in the United States, pending Food and Drug Administration approval. Officials from GW Pharmaceuticals, the company that developed the drug, on Wednesday announced promising results from a study on 171 patients randomized into treatment and placebo groups.
Washington Post

Local Government News

Two City Council members renew push to remove Billy the elephant from L.A. Zoo
The physical and emotional well-being of Billy, an Asian elephant kept at the Los Angeles Zoo for nearly three decades, is again being debated at City Hall. Two members of the Los Angeles City Council want Billy moved to an animal sanctuary, a proposal supported by animal rights activists who argue the 32-year-old elephant should be allowed to retire to a preserve. Zoo representatives say Billy is well cared for by licensed veterinarians and want him to remain on the grounds.
Los Angeles Times


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