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February 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Tennessee Cop Stabbed While Trying To Detain Mentally Ill Suspect
A Memphis police officer is recovering from a stab wound that he sustained Tuesday evening while trying to detain a man who has a mental illness, police said. The officer was brought to a hospital in critical condition but was later said to be in stable condition. The man who reportedly stabbed him is in police custody.
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

ISIS Gunman Guilty Of Attempted Murder In Shooting Of Philly Cop
After less than three hours of deliberations, a city jury Thursday convicted the Delaware County man accused of firing 13 shots at a Philadelphia police officer two years ago in an ISIS-inspired ambush attack. The jury of nine women and three men found Edward Archer, 32, guilty of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and related crimes for shooting Police Officer Jesse Hartnett in West Philadelphia in January 2016, an incident that shocked the city and drew international attention for its purported terrorism link.

Arkansas Rejects New Sentence For Man Who Killed Officer At Age 15
The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it wouldn't order a new sentencing hearing for a man who was 15 when he killed a police officer during a discount store burglary in 1977. John Lohbauer, now 56, had said a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibited mandatory life sentences for juveniles entitled him to another sentencing hearing. Justices said the Arkansas Legislature's decision last year to make juvenile offenders such as Lohbauer eligible for parole after 25 years was a sufficient remedy.
Associated Press

Valley Human-Trafficking Task Force Arrests Top 750 In 2017, LAPD Says
Continuing to put stepped-up pressure on human traffickers, pimps and the “johns” who bolster their illicit business, the Los Angeles Police Department Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force celebrated another uptick in arrests and enforcement last year during a Thursday news conference. And San Fernando Valley residents say their efforts are truly making a difference. Officials on released 2017 statistics from the Operations-Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, which included the arrests of 755 “johns,” as well as the arrests of 25 other suspects accused of pimping and pandering in the area. Nine more were accused of human trafficking, officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

School Shooting That Injured Four Students Now Believed Unintentional, Police Say; 12-Year-Old Girl Is Booked
A 12-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm Thursday after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School left four students injured, authorities said. Los Angeles police do not believe that the shooting was intentional, spokesman Josh Rubenstein said Thursday evening. "At this time, the information suggests that this was an isolated incident, involving the negligent discharge of a firearm, where innocent children and a staff member were unfortunately injured," the LAPD said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

Man Fatally Shot In Sylmar
A man in his 20s was shot dead Thursday night in Sylmar. The victim was fatally wounded about 7:35 p.m. in the area of Bromont Avenue and Maclay Street, according to Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. It was not immediately clear if gang involvement was suspected. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with dark skin and a mustache.
Los Angeles Daily News

Chase Ends In Crash, One Suspect Then Shoots Himself In South Los Angeles
A chase involving two suspects resulted in one of the suspects fleeing the vehicle and shooting himself in the head before the vehicle crashed in South Los Angeles. Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities began chasing a silver Jeep that did not have license plates. But the vehicle quickly crashed into a pole at McKinley Avenue and Century Boulevard.

Violent Carjacking Was Followed By Random Attack On Sisters Getting Mani-Pedi At Sherman Oaks Nail Salon: LAPD
Two sisters who went to Sherman Oaks nail salon for a morning manicure to celebrate a birthday ended up fighting back against an attacker who assaulted them randomly less than two hours after committing a violent carjacking, Los Angeles police said Thursday.

California Supreme Court Further Limits Charging Kids With Crimes
The California Supreme Court on Thursday expanded the scope of a ballot measure that limits prosecutors from charging juveniles with crimes in adult court. The court ruled unanimously that Proposition 57 applies to cases that were pending before it took effect. The justices said voters appeared to want to extend the measure as broadly as possible.

California's Mentally Ill Inmate Population Keeps Growing. And State Money Isn't Enough To Meet Needs, Lawmaker Says
Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked $117 million in his new state budget to expand the number of treatment beds and mental health programs for more than 800 mentally ill inmates found incompetent to stand trial. State officials said they have struggled to keep up with the needs of a population that has jumped in size by 33% over the last three years, as judges are increasingly referring defendants to treatment. But one state lawmaker says additional funds are not enough.
Los Angeles Times

Prop 47 Failing Test: Crime On Rise In California
In a recent interview, District Attorney George Gascon offered this comment regarding the car break-in epidemic in San Francisco: "What's driving the numbers is understanding the likelihood of consequences is very low." Of course, that obvious conclusion applies to California's rising property crime rate in all categories, not just car break-ins. What is undeniably ironic is that DA Gascon was one of the leading voices and proponents in support of Prop 47, which reduced a wide range of property crimes to misdemeanors even for repeat offenders.

Local Government News

Legislation Pushed To Detain 'Severely' Mentally Ill People Who Refuse Life-Saving Treatment
Four Los Angeles city councilmen threw their support Thursday behind an effort by the county Board of Supervisors to sponsor state legislation that would allow social workers and law enforcement officers to detain severely mentally ill people who refuse life-saving medical treatment. Councilmen David Ryu, Mitchell Englander, Jose Huizar and Joe Buscaino co-introduced a resolution that supports the county Board of Supervisors vote on Tuesday to sponsor the legislation.

LA Moves Forward On Ordinance Penalizing Bigots
A Los Angeles City Council committee Thursday approved the creation of a civil and human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination and other forms of bigotry in the city while also creating a commission to investigate and enforce violations. The motion was introduced by Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Gil Cedillo and was approved without objection by the Immigrant Affairs, Civil Rights and Equity Committee.


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