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from LA Police Protective League

January 30, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Florida Police Chief Dies After Battle With Cancer
For the second time in just over a year, Bal Harbour has lost a police chief to tragedy. Cancer ended Miguel De La Rosa's life Saturday at age 49, just four months after he was appointed as the village police chief. That gave De La Rosa the job he had been doing on an interim basis since August 2016, after then-Chief Mark Overton suffered a heart attack in July 2016. Overton never recovered and died in November 2016.
Miami Herald

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Ambush Shooting That Wounded LAPD Officer
A man accused of opening fire on two Los Angeles police officers, wounding one of them, in what was described as an ambush attack in the Westlake District pleaded not guilty. Ivan Castillo, 27, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, along with one count each of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

FOX 11 News In Depth: Search for a new LAPD Chief
The search is on for a new LAPD Chief, as Chief Charlie Beck is set to retire in June. The Los Angeles Police Protective League's Robert Harris sat down with FOX 11 to discuss the future of LAPD. "The LAPPL's clear preference is that the Mayor's selection for the next chief be the most qualified for the job, someone who is committed to reducing violent crime, addressing our officer understaffing crisis, and preparing the LAPD to secure our city during the 2028 Olympic Games," said Robert Harris, a Director for the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Fox 11 Video

Woman pulled from subway train by LAPD files claim against City
A woman who was pulled from a Metro subway train after she refused a policeman's order to take her foot off the seat has filed a claim against the city. “You have a passenger who is disrespecting the code of conduct, throwing a fit, and verbally abusing the police officer,” said Jerretta Sandoz, Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “Now she wants to sue, its a scam. We want to send her a copy of Emily Post's book on manners.”
Fox 11 Video

Boy Shot In His South LA Apartment
A young boy is recovering from a gunshot wound Tuesday after a bullet from a possible drive-by shooting ended up in his South Los Angeles apartment. The shooting was reported at about 10:30 p.m. in the 10400 block of Avalon Boulevard. Police say they believe the shooting was gang-related, but that the boy was not the intended target.

Man, 20, Shot In Head Playing Basketball In South Los Angeles
A 20-year-old man was shot in the head at a basketball court in South Los Angeles following a argument over a game, a police sergeant said. The shooting took place Sunday morning at a court near 48th and Hoover streets, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez said. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he remains in stable condition, Bojorquez said.

Reseda Man Arrested After Girlfriend Is Found Dead In Shipping Container
A boyfriend of woman found dead in a shipping container Monday in Reseda was arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said Tuesday. Marceilino Santos, 51, of Reseda was arrested in connection with the murder, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. Santos was detained for questioning after the woman was found dead around 11:30 a.m. in the container behind a home on the 19000 block of Keswick Street, Lopez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Stabbed, Critically Wounded In Pico-Union Brawl; 3 Others Injured
A man was stabbed and critically wounded in a Pico-Union brawl Monday night, and three other people were injured, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police responded to a call about a big fight about 7 p.m. along the 1000 block of 18th Street, Officer Mike Lopez told KTLA.

LAPD Probing Alleged ‘Child Annoyance' Involving Associate Pastor At Encino Church
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an allegation of child annoyance involving an associate pastor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles last week removed the Rev. Juan Cano from ministry and placed him on administrative leave as a result of reports of inappropriate contact with parishioners, according to a statement by the Archdiocese Tuesday.

Overwhelming Amount Of Cyclists Rob Small Market In Pico Union
An overwhelming amount of cyclists rushed into a small market in Pico Union as many stuffed drinks and snacks into backpacks before they took off, prompting a grand theft investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The robbery took place at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to the store's owner, Oscar Garcia.

Suspect In Church Fires Charged With Multiple Felony Counts
A 25-year-old man accused of setting fires at churches around Southern California was charged this week with multiple felony counts. Christian Michael Garcia faces 20 felony counts: 13 counts of vandalism of religious property, three counts of arson of a structure, two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and arson of property of another, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said in a statement Monday.
Los Angeles Times

Prosecutors Ask Appeals Panel To Affirm Former Sheriff Baca's Obstruction Of Justice Conviction
Federal prosecutors Monday urged an appeals panel to affirm former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca's conviction on charges of obstruction of justice and lying, crimes for which the ex-lawman is facing three years behind bars. In a 122-page appellate brief filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors argued, among other issues, that U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson was correct in barring jurors from hearing evidence of the ex- sheriff's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.

Californians Are Buying Fewer Guns Since Trump Took Office
California gun sales dropped to their lowest point in five years during 2017 as potential buyers felt less anxiety about gun control measures. About 870,000 guns were sold in California during 2017, down by 450,000, or 35 percent, from 2016, according to a Bee review of new FBI instant background check data. In 2016, gun buyers raced to buy rifles equipped with “bullet buttons.”
Sacramento Bee

Police Department To Use Mapping To Fight Opioid Crisis In NY
Patrick Ryder, nominated to be police commissioner for Nassau County, plans to roll out a new computerized mapping system that tracks opioid overdoses in real time, similar to technology the department has used successfully to track and stem crimes, as part of a strategy to attack the deadly crisis roiling Long Island.

Local Government News

Dennis Zine, Ex-LA Councilman With A Colorful Past, Enters Assembly Race
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine is running for the California Assembly seat thrown open by the Matt Dababneh sexual-misconduct scandal, saying he'll stand up for west San Fernando Valley taxpayers frustrated by a lack of problem-solving in state government. Zine, 70, whose last run for office was a losing bid for L.A. city controller in 2013, has been a registered Republican but said he'll campaign for the Assembly as an independent.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum To Be Renamed United Airlines Memorial Coliseum
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is getting a new look and a new name. A groundbreaking ceremony Monday marked the official beginning of a massive $270 million renovation project. Also at the ceremony, United Airlines confirmed its purchase of naming rights for the venue. Under the 16-year naming-rights deal, the stadium will be known as United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, beginning in August 2019.


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