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

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

February 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

What Kind Of LAPD Chief Do You Want? Here Are Your Chances To Weigh In
Community members will have several opportunities to weigh in on the kind of police chief they want to succeed Charlie Beck when the Los Angeles Police Department's top cop retires in June. Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said Tuesday that the 5-member civilian board is seeking community input at these public meetings, which will generally be held in the evenings and on weekends. The first community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Wilmington Senior Center at 1371 Eubank Ave. in Wilmington.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police: Man Chopped Up Victim In Restaurant, Took Body In Suitcase On Gold Line Train Before Burning It
The killing, police said, was "particularly disturbing." Authorities believe the suspect killed his wife and dismembered her body in an abandoned Pasadena restaurant, placing her remains in a suitcase that he then carried aboard a Metro Gold Line train. Five stops later, he hopped off in Cypress Park and rode his bicycle — the suitcase still in tow — to the parking lot of a Home Depot. There, police say, the man lit the grisly package on fire.On Tuesday, prosecutors charged the suspect, Valentino Gutierrez, a 56-year-old homeless man, with murder and arson. The Los Angeles Police Department tentatively named the victim as Tiana Alfred, 31, but said her body was so badly damaged that coroner's officials had not yet confirmed her identity.
Los Angeles Times

Man Charged In ‘Crime Spree' That Ended In Random Attack On Sisters At Sherman Oaks Nail Salon
A 25-year-old Chatsworth man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a string of crimes that include a violent carjacking and a random attack on two sisters at Sherman Oaks nail salon last week. Gustavo Aranda was arrested Jan. 31 after he randomly attacked two customers who had gone for a manicure-pedicure.

Man Shot In LA's Mid-City As Suspects Flee In White Honda
A man was shot today in the Mid-City area, and police were looking for two male suspects who fled in a white Honda. The shooting was reported shortly after 11 a.m. at Pico and Crenshaw boulevards, said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. The wounded man, who is in his mid-20s, was taken to a hospital, Im said. His name and condition were not immediately known.
Los Angeles Daily News

12-Year-Old Girl Appears In Court After LA School Shooting Where Bullet Struck 2 In Class
A 12-year-old girl accused of bringing a gun to Salvador Castro Middle School, where it went off accidentally and wounded two students, appeared in juvenile court Monday but did not enter a plea, according to a broadcast report. The girl, who has not been identified because of her age, faces felony charges of being a minor in possession of a firearm and having a weapon on school grounds. KNX Newsradio reported Monday afternoon that the girl appeared as scheduled but was not arraigned.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Watchdog Rules Off-Duty Cop Violated Policy When He Fired Gun In Scuffle With Anaheim Boys
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer who discharged his gun a year ago amid a scuffle with teens in Anaheim acted out of policy, the Los Angeles Police Commission announced Tuesday. The five-member civilian commission, which sets policies for the department and oversees its operations, unanimously disapproved of Ferguson's use of tactics along with drawing and exhibiting a weapon. But the board of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the rank-and-file officer's union, argued that Ferguson “took steps to protect himself” after he was “physically attacked” by multiple individuals. “Regardless of the attackers' ages, police officers have the right and duty to protect themselves,” the emailed statement read. “While we disagree with the findings, we hope this decision now enables everyone involved to move past this incident.” Lo
s Angeles Daily News

L.A. Child Molester Who Spent 17 Years In State Hospital Awaiting Trial Won't Be Released — At Least For Now
A child molester was expected to walk free this week, after a Los Angeles County judge ruled last month that repeated delays in bringing the man's case to trial had violated his constitutional rights. But at the last minute, prosecutors made a plea to a state appeals court to keep George Vasquez from returning to the community. He's probably dangerous, they said, and should remain confined in a maximum-security state mental hospital.
Los Angeles Times

Hundreds Of Sonoma County Inmates Could Be Freed Without Bail After California Court Ruling
Sonoma County inmates who remain locked up while they await the outcome of their cases could be freed under a recent state appeals court ruling that reduces or eliminates bail for people who cannot afford it. The so-called Humphrey decision involving a San Francisco theft suspect who languished in jail is expected to have far-reaching effects on the state's bail system, which has been criticized as being unfair to the poor.
Press Democrat

Limit Painkiller Prescriptions To Three Days, California Lawmaker Says
With California and the nation reeling from an epidemic of opioid abuse, one lawmaker believes the first step is limiting access to the highly addictive drugs. Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, is pursuing legislation to limit prescriptions for opioids, which are often used as painkillers, to no more than three days. If the dosage has not decreased by the third refill, Assembly Bill 1998 would also require the doctor to justify in the patient's medical record why continuing treatment at that level is needed.
Sacramento Bee

The ATF Received 36,000 Comments On Bump Stocks. They're Overwhelmingly Anti-Regulation
In the week following the Las Vegas massacre on October 1, polls showed that nearly 75 percent of registered voters in gun-owning households supported a ban on bump stocks. Yet despite the public sentiment, an analysis by The Trace of comments submitted in response to a government proposal to regulate bump stocks shows that 85 percent of commenters opposed the measure.
The Trace

Local Government News

Illegal Gun Tips Could Pay Big Reward Bucks With New LA Plan
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to create a program that would offer a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm. “All too often , illegal weapons go unreported,” Councilman Paul Krekorian, who introduced the motion, told the council before the vote.

LA's Faded Street Signs Could Void Your Parking Ticket
If you live in Los Angeles, or have visited the city, there's a good chance you've gotten a parking ticket, b ut maybe you didn't actually deserve it. Charlie Temple was recently ticketed for parking on the side of a street in Hollywood during street cleaning. The ticket warning is posted on a sign, but that sign - like every single street cleaning sign on the block - is faded.


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