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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

February 27, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Oklahoma LEO Seriously Injured In Single-Vehicle Wreck Dies
Justin Durrett was remembered by friends, family and co-workers as a well-liked member of the community and a professional leader as assistant chief of police in Checotah. Durrett, 34, died early Monday afternoon from injuries resulting from a one-vehicle wreck on an icy roadway Feb. 11, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Muskogee Phoenix, Okla.

Missouri Officer Shot While Attempting To Arrest Suspect
A police officer was shot Monday morning when a fugitive opened fire on members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force who went to arrest him. The officer who was struck was protected by his bullet-resistant vest, said Marshal spokesman Patrick James. "We're very, very lucky today," James said. Police shot at the suspect several times, and believe he was hit, James said, but the man hasn't been arrested yet.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Man Fatally Shot By LAPD Officers In Panorama City Was Armed With Blade, Police Say
Los Angeles police shot a man to death Monday morning outside a home in Panorama City after they said he approached them with a long knife or blade, officials said Monday. LAPD Officer Norma Torres said the unidentified man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting took place around 8:44 a.m. on the 9100 block of Kester Avenue, near the intersection with Nordoff Street. Torres said officers responded to a radio call about a man possibly suffering from a mental illness at the location. When they arrived, she said a man came out of the residence with a 16-inch bladed weapon.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Arrested In South LA Taco Stand Shooting
A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a taco stand in South Los Angeles. One person was injured, but is expected to recover. The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday at the corner of 28th and Main streets. Officers blocked off the area at 23rd and Trinity as they searched for the gunman. The suspect's identity was not immediately available.

Two LAPD Officers Plead No Contest To Sexually Assaulting Women While On Duty, Receive 25- Year Prison Terms
Two Los Angeles police officers pleaded no contest Monday to sexually assaulting multiple women, often preying on victims while one partner served as the lookout as the other carried out an attack in their unmarked police car. In a downtown L.A. courtroom, Officers Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols entered their no-contest pleas to two counts each of forcible rape and two counts each of forcible oral copulation. The officers appeared in court in orange, jail-issued jumpsuits and were shackled at the waist. The directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing rank-and-file officers, called both officers' actions "disgusting" and said there was "zero tolerance" for officers who use their position to take advantage of others. "We are sorry these women were let down and hope they are healing as best they can," the union leaders said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

Neighbors Say Squatters Burned Down Home In East Hollywood
A home was badly burned and neighbors say that squatters are to blame. And they worry the next fire could be even worse. It sits, half burned, a blackened, trashed blight on an otherwise well kept East Hollywood street. The house on Edgemont apparently sat empty for years, it's elderly absentee owners either unwilling or unable to maintain it, say the neighbors, and that was OK until squatters took over. 
FOX 11

Former Owner Of L.A. Rehab Center Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Female Patients Who He Gave Drugs
A man who founded and operated a Los Angeles rehabilitation center for alcohol and drug abuse was convicted on Monday of sexually assaulting eight women, including patients at his facility who he provided with drugs, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A jury found Christopher Bathum, 56, guilty of charges including rape, sexual penetration by foreign object, forcible oral copulation and sexual exploitation, the DA's office said in a news release.

California's Top Court Strikes Down 50-Year Sentences For Juveniles
The California Supreme Court decided Monday that juveniles may not be sentenced to 50 years or longer in prison for kidnapping, rape and sodomy. In a 4-3 ruling, the state high court said a 50-year sentence for minors was "functionally equivalent" to life without parole. "A young person who knows he or she has no chance to leave prison for 50 years 'has little incentive to become a responsible individual,'" wrote Justice Goodwin Liu, citing a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that severely restricted life sentences for juveniles.
Los Angeles Times

California Lawmakers Push 10 New Gun Control Bills
California lawmakers on Monday proposed 10 new gun control bills to the state's nation-leading gun restrictions in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida. The proposals to be considered later this spring include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; and cracking down on homemade ghost guns.

Public Safety News

Firefighter Injured While Battling Blaze At Clothing Business In Downtown Los Angeles
A firefighter suffered moderate injuries while battling a large blaze at clothing business in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning. The blaze was reported about 4:50 a.m. near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and San Pedro Street and was knocked down about 45 minutes later, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Aerial video from Sky5 showed the building engulfed in flames and adjacent power lines sparked as the blaze continued. The downed power lines created a hazard for firefighters. It is unclear how the firefighter was injured, but he was taken to a local hospital in fair condition.

Local Government News

LA Mayor Backs $1.5 Billion Proposal To Use Surplus State Funds To Fight Homeless Crisis
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he supports legislation to put some of the state's projected $6.1 billion budget surplus into programs that alleviate homelessness. Garcetti said a bill introduced earlier this month by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, could lead to as much as $382 million in state funds coming to the city, which would need to be matched by the city for a total of $764 million.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City Council Seeks To Stay In Pursuit Of 2026 Soccer World Cup
The Los Angeles City Council appears set to pass a resolution Tuesday that would keep the city pursuing host city duties for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The city's participation in the event was thrown into doubt earlier this month when some potential logistical problems and financial liability risks were noted in a report to the City Council, but those issues appear to have been negated after some sports companies in Los Angeles, including Anschutz Entertainment Group and the Los Angeles Football Club, formed a limited liability company with the intent on taking the lead on executing the host city contract.


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