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from LA Police Protective League

February 13, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Death Penalty Sought For Accused Killer Of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer
The Los Angeles man accused of killing one Whittier police officer and wounding another in a shootout on Colima Road last February is scheduled to appear in court Friday, where a deputy district attorney said prosecutors will announce they're seeking the death penalty in the case. Michael Christopher Mejia faces two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of carjacking in connection with the shootings in East Los Angeles and Whittier, said Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron. In an email, Dameron said there would be “no chance” of a plea deal for Mejia.
Los Angeles Daily News

Louisiana Officer Wounded After Shots Fired Into Cruiser
A Baton Rouge police officer was injured late Sunday night when a suspect fired several rounds into a marked police unit in the area of Thomas H. Delpit Drive and Lettsworth Street, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. Coppola said the officer's injuries appear severe but not life threatening.
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

Ohio Man Charged With Providing Gun That Killed 2 Officers
A man was charged by federal authorities Monday with providing the gun used to kill two Ohio policemen, as the officers' bodies were escorted in a procession to funeral homes in the suburban community they served. Gerald Lawson, 30, of suburban Cleveland, is accused of buying the handgun for shooting suspect Quentin Smith last summer in the Cleveland area.
Associated Press

How L.A. Plans To Find Its Next Police Chief
Mayor Eric Garcetti and his five appointees on the Police Commission have a daunting task ahead: finding L.A.'s next police chief. As soon as Chief Charlie Beck announced his retirement in January, speculation about his successor began. Would it be an insider or an outsider? A man or, for the first time in the city's history, a woman? Could L.A. see its first Latino police chief?
Los Angeles Times

Police Release Images Of Person Of Interest In Koreatown Woman's Beating
Police are looking for the public's help finding the suspect in a brutal attack on an 86-year-old woman in Koreatown. The woman was walking along the street when someone randomly struck her hard in the face, with her head hitting the ground as she fell to the sidewalk. The victim, Mi Rehm Song, was left with substantial bruising to her face and lacerations to her head.

Investigation Underway After Man Found Shot Dead In Hollywood Hills Apartment Building
A man was shot and killed Monday afternoon in an apartment building in the Hollywood Hills. Another man was seen running from the location following the shooting, which was reported about 2:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Argyle Avenue, east of Vine Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The suspect was described as an approximately 30-year-old Hispanic man who was wearing a blue jacket and brown pants.

16 Men Arrested, 4 Guns And 5 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized After Sherman Oaks Burglary Call
Police recovered a TEC-9 semi-automatic assault weapon, other guns and 5 pounds of marijuana when 16 men were arrested on suspicion of trespassing in Sherman Oaks, authorities said. A burglary in progress was reported shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the 14800 block of Hesby Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Lillian Carranza. When officers responded to the burglary call, several people were seen inside the home, Carranza explained.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Men Sought In Smash-And-Grab Robbery At Pacoima Costco
Two men were being sought in the smash-and-grab robbery of a Costco store Monday in Pacoima. The crime occurred about 10:40 a.m. in the 13500 block of Paxton Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. No shots were fired, and no one was hurt, police said. The suspects were wearing dark clothing, including hooded sweatshirts, and fled in a Mercedes-Benz, police said.
FOX 11

USC Football Receiver Arrested After Domestic Violence Incident
A USC football player has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Joseph Lewis IV, 19, was arrested at 2 p.m. Monday and booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Community Police Station. He was freed at about 1 a.m. Tuesday after posting $50,000 bail.

South Los Angeles Man Busted For Selling Dangerous Counterfeit Airbags
Navigating Southern California traffic is tough enough. You shouldn't have to worry about any hidden dangers lurking in your car, but that's exactly what can happen if you end up with a counterfeit airbag. Shrapnel, shards of metal, plastic and explosive could hit you, detonating with the force of a bomb right in your face.

Opioid Epidemic Rages, But California Drug Database Lags
As the opioid crisis rages across the country and in rural California, the California Department of Justice has not yet certified a database designed to prevent doctors from overprescribing the drugs, angering consumer and law enforcement groups that say it hurts efforts to prevent opioid abuse. The current timeline means doctors will not have to check the database until at least January 2019.
Sacramento Bee

California Police Chiefs Back Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor
The California Police Chiefs Assn. on Monday endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for California governor, the second major law enforcement organization to back the Democratic candidate. In January, Villaraigosa was also endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California, the largest law enforcement organization in the state, with 70,000 members.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council To Vote On Housing City's Homeless In Downtown Parking Lot Trailers
A Los Angeles city councilman's proposal to house about five dozen homeless people in trailers on a downtown lot as a possible model for citywide temporary shelters is set to be voted on by the full City Council Tuesday. The proposal, outlined in a motion introduced last month by Councilman Jose Huizar, calls for installing five trailers on a city-owned parking lot at Arcadia and Alameda streets to house people who sleep on the sidewalks in the area around the historic El Pueblo site off of Main Street.

L.A. County Set To Build First New Freeway In 25 Years
The California Department of Transportation, in cooperation with a joint powers authority, will in June begin buying land to build a 63-mile high desert freeway connecting the Los Angeles County communities of Palmdale and Lancaster with the San Bernardino County communities of Victorville, Apple Valley and Adelanto.


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