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February 1, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Texas Deputy Shot By Handcuffed Suspect
The handcuffed suspect who shot a Harris County sheriff's deputy in the arm and sparked a SWAT standoff was found dead early Thursday inside a home near Spring. It's not clear if he died by suicide or was shot by deputies, officials said. The chaos started late Wednesday, when just before 10 p.m. four deputies arrived at a home in the 2500 block of Kiplands Way to make an arrest stemming from an earlier deadly conduct incident involving a weapon.
Houston Chronicle

NY Lawmakers Launch Campaign To Keep Killer Of 2 Cops Behind Bars
Parole officials in New York state are being urged to deny the release of a former Black Panther convicted in the deaths of two New York City police officers in 1971. Sen. Patrick Gallivan of Erie County and other GOP lawmakers held a press conference Tuesday to urge New Yorkers to sign a petition opposing the release of Herman Bell, who has a hearing before the state's parole board next month. Bell's previous requests for release have been rejected seven times.
Associated Press

CA More Interested In Giving 'Get Out Of Jail Free Cards,' Says LA Police Union Chief After SF Plans To Wipe Out Pot Convictions
District Attorney George Gascon announced his office will dismiss nearly 3,000 marijuana misdemeanor cases and review nearly 5,000 felony cases for possible action. Peter Daut reports. Lou Turriaga, a Director with the Los Angeles Police Protective League stated, "It seems like California is more interested in handing out Get Out of Jail Free Cards than they are in punishing people for the crimes they commit."
CBS 2 Video

LAPD Analysis Shows Homicide Victims Are Overwhelmingly Young, Nonwhite And Poor
For years, homicide detectives have known all too well which groups of Los Angeles residents are most likely to end up the victims of a violent death in the city. The results of a new demographic analysis released Wednesday by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck confirm what his investigators have so often seen — that young men from minority, low-income neighborhoods suffer disproportionately from the impacts of deadly violence.
Los Angeles Times

Number Of Homicides In LA In 2017 Down 4 Percent From Previous Year
The number of homicides in Los Angeles in 2017 dropped 4 percent from the previous year, and it was down more than 50 percent from two decades ago, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday. "We're proud of that, but we still have a lot of work to do," Beck said. There were 282 homicides in Los Angeles in 2017, compared with 294 the previous year and 569 in 1997, Beck said. The statistics included victims who died in one year but who were attacked in a different year. "We're safer than we've ever been, but we're not safe enough," Beck said.

Woman, 21, Shot In Head In Apparent Random Car-To-Car Shooting In Panorama City
An investigation is underway Thursday after a woman was found with a bullet wound to her head in an apparently random car-to-car shooting in Panorama City. The shooting was reported near the intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Arminta Street about 2:35 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Robert Moreno said.

Person Burned To Death In Cypress Park Home Depot Parking Lot
A person was burned to death Thursday morning in a Home Depot parking lot in the Cypress Park section of Los Angeles. Officers responded to a report of a body on fire at 1:53 a.m. at 2055 N. Figueroa St., according to an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division.

VIDEO: Brazen Puppy Theft Caught On Camera In East LA
A brazen puppy theft was caught on camera in East Los Angeles. Mayali Morales has video of a woman opening her gate, going into her backyard and then taking off with her 3-year-old poodle and the dog's four puppies. This happened on Williamson Avenue Friday. Morales said she doesn't know who the woman is, but claims the same woman came to her house two days before the incident, asking about the dogs and claiming to work at an animal care center.

Missing Panorama City 57-Year-Old Woman Has Threatened Suicide
The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for a 57-year-old woman who suffers from depression and has previously threatened suicide. Rochelle Picard was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 8900 block of Tobias Avenue in Panorama City, and her family is concerned, the LAPD said. Picard is white with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect In Jan. 16 Fatal Shooting In Elysian Park Area Arrested
Police say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man in the Elysian Park area. The shooting was reported just before 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the area of Park Row Drive and Casanova Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison. The victim, Joseth Ochoa Jr., was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

New Bill Would Bar Californians With Severe Mental Illness From Owning Firearms
A state lawmaker wants to mandate a lifetime ban on possessing firearms by some Californians suffering from severe mental health issues, saying it may help reduce the number of suicides. A bill by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) would apply to some of those judged by the courts to be a risk to themselves and others who are approved for an involuntary 5150 hold for mental health treatment.

A Taxpayer-Backed Bank For Pot Money? Maybe In California
California officials announced Tuesday that they will take a detailed look at the possibility of creating a taxpayer-backed bank to handle what could be billions of dollars in revenue generated by the state's legal marijuana industry. State Treasurer John Chiang stopped short of endorsing the idea but said his office would work with the state attorney general to examine how a weed bank might function for California's emerging pot economy, estimated to grow to $7 billion.
FOX 11

‘Lizzy's Law' Would Require South Carolina Gun Owners To Report Their Stolen Weapons
In the autumn of 2006, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hafter, a 22-year-old graduate student , was shot twice in the head while she studied on a mountain overlook in Virginia. The man behind the trigger had stolen the murder weapon and the car he was driving from his roommate in Georgia, the first act of a multistate crime spree that left several people dead across the South. The roommate did not report the thefts to police for nearly a week, precious time lost to investigators.
The Trace

Local Government News

Garcetti Picks A Longtime Advisor To Serve As L.A.'s Top Budget Official
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed his former legal advisor Wednesday to serve as the next city administrative officer, choosing an aide who has worked for him on and off since 2001. Rich Llewellyn, 61, has served as an aide to both Garcetti and his father, former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, at various times over the last 25 years. He had already been working as city administrative officer on an interim basis.
Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s Homelessness Surged 75% In Six Years. Here's Why The Crisis Has Been Decades In The Making
Some of the poorest people in the city spend their days in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall, napping on flattened cardboard boxes. On any given day, as many as 20 people take to the City Hall lawn, across the street from LAPD headquarters. They're there to "escape the madness" in downtown streets, a 53-year-old homeless man named Lazarus said last week. At night, they fan out to doorways or deserted plazas to wait for daybreak.
Los Angeles Times

New Stadium In Exposition Park Nears Completion Ahead Of L.A. Football Club's Inaugural Season Opener
Tom Penn — owner of L.A.'s newest sports team, the Los Angeles Football Club — gave KTLA a tour of the new Banc of California stadium in Exposition Park that is slated to open April 29 for the team's first-ever home game, against the Seattle Sounders. David Pingalore reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Jan. 31, 2018.


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