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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

February 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty Against Gang Member Accused Of Killing Whittier Officer
Prosecutors announced Friday they will seek the death penalty against an admitted gang member accused of killing his cousin in East Los Angeles and then opening fire on two Whittier police officers, killing one and wounding the other. Michael Christopher Mejia, 27, is charged with the Feb. 20, 2017, killings of Officer Keith Boyer, 53, and of his own cousin, 47-year-old Roy Torres. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer in the performance of his duties, murder for the purpose of avoiding arrest and multiple murders.

DUI Suspect In Custody Following Crash In Chatsworth That Left 2 Officers Injured
A suspected drunk driver is in custody following a Monday morning crash in Chatsworth that injured two LAPD police officers. The crash happened shortly before noon near Devonshire Street and Variel Avenue, authorities said. A video showed a patrol car and a white pickup truck were involved. The driver of that truck was taken into custody at the scene for possible DUI. LAPD described the officers' injuries as "minor."

Gangs Of LA On Skid Row
Life is already tough for the men and women living on Skid Row, but now they have a new problem: gangs. Los Angeles police say gang members are now preying on people experiencing homelessness on Skid Row. The NBC4 I-Team got exclusive access to the work of police officers. In two hours, the team captured several interviews and at least two arrests. Officer Deon Joseph has worked on Skid Row for 19 years. But now, he says the streets have never been more dangerous. "This is the worst I've ever seen it," he says.

Tarzana Suspect Bites LAPD Officers Multiple Times
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were bitten several times Monday night by a 30-year-old man who had triggered a cash register alarm at an AT&T store in Tarzana, police said. Officers from the West Valley Division responded to an alarm at the AT&T store at 18640 Ventura Blvd., between Reseda Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, around 7:15 p.m., said LAPD Officer Tony Im.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Gathers Community Feedback About LAPD's Next Chief
Los Angeles has launched a nationwide search for a new police chief. About 30 people gathered Saturday to share their concerns and opinions on what they want to see in a successor to current Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who plans to step down in June. During the meeting, hosted by the Los Angeles Police Commission at Van Nuys City Hall, community members said the successful candidate should be someone who understands the complexities of many issues including mental health, homelessness, juvenile delinquency and officer-involved-shootings.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Officers Play Baseball Game Against High Schoolers
In Reseda LAPD officers were gearing up to play a game against high schoolers in Reseda and had a positive message to share too. For more information on the department's outreach efforts, visit

New Plan Calls For Release Of LAPD Body Camera Video And Other Recordings That Are Now Secret
Los Angeles Police Department video from officer body cameras, drones and patrol cars would be released under a new proposal made public Friday — one that, if approved, would be a striking about-face for an agency that currently does not release such recordings. On Friday, the union's directors said their input "will increase officer safety and minimally extend the investigative process prior to release of any video." Still, the directors said, they would prefer that video not be released until investigations into an incident — including a review by the district attorney's office — were complete.
Los Angeles Times

Man's Death Prompts Hollywood Homicide Investigation
Los Angeles police are investigating the homicide of a man in his 20s in Hollywood on Monday. Officers responded to a shots fired call at an apartment building in the 2000 block of Argyle Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities were searching for a suspect who was seen running from the location, but a detailed description of the man was not released.

Gunman Prompts Armed Response At ArcLight Hollywood Theater
Police are searching for suspects after they say a man pointed a gun at a security guard near a Hollywood movie theater, prompting a lockdown. The incident happened Sunday around 1:40 a.m. at the parking lot of the ArcLight Hollywood theater, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Armed officers swarmed the parking lot, not allowing moviegoers to leave the structure during a search for the suspects.

Missing Uber Driver Found In Los Angeles Hospital
A 29-year-old Uber and Lyft driver who went missing in downtown Los Angeles more than a week ago has been found in a nearby hospital, authorities said. Joshua Thiede, who was last seen driving his black Nissan Altima in the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard near the 110 Freeway on Feb. 11, was found less than a mile away at Good Samaritan Hospital late Monday night, according to Officer Greg Kraft, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Times

Reward: $50,000 For Info Leading To Conviction Of Jefferson Park Hit-And-Run Killer
Los Angeles police detectives asked for the public's help Monday to identify the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 73-year-old man in the Jefferson Park area. Filemon Renteria somehow “fell into the roadway” and was struck about 5:55 a.m. Saturday, in the 2300 block of Crenshaw Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez and coroner's officials. Renteria was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said.

Police Officers Take On A Bigger Role In The Fight Against Opioid Deaths
Last week, a Sacramento police officer used a new tool to help save a woman's life. She was lying in a house in Oak Park on a Monday afternoon. She was not breathing or responding, but she still had a pulse. The officer became the first in the department to use Narcan, the nasal spray that blocks the effect of opioid overdoses.
Sacramento Bee

Bill Introduced In California In Response To Florida Shooting Would Expand Judges Ability To Seize Guns From Persons Deemed Dangerous
Two days after a mass shooting in Florida, a California lawmaker is seeking to revive a measure that would allow school staffs and coworkers to seek a court order to remove guns from people they believe are a danger to the public. Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) wants to expand the current law that allows family members and law enforcement officials to seek an emergency restraining order from judges based on rulings that the person owns guns and poses a public risk.

Inmates With Violent Pasts Paroled Under Prop. 57
A number of California prison inmates who committed violent crimes, including stabbings and shootings, have been granted parole under Proposition 57's Nonviolent Parole Program, according to records obtained by NBC 4. Prop. 57, approved by voters in 2016, promised to reduce the state's overcrowded prisons by expanding parole eligibility for nonviolent criminals, and by encouraging inmates to take part in rehabilitation, therapy, and vocational programs.

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Calls For Federal Gun Legislation Now
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says Congress needs to follow California and L.A.'s lead and enact stricter gun control with a focus on assault-style weapons. Speaking on Eyewitness Newsmakers, Feuer said gun violence should be treated as a public health issue as well as a public safety issue. As co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, he reacted to the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead even though the suspected gunman showed every red flag for violence.

L.A. County's Homeless Problem Is Worsening Despite Billions From Tax Measures
Los Angeles County's homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region's homelessness agency.
Los Angeles Times


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