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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Autopsy: Slain Chicago Police Commander Was Shot 6 Times Slain
Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot six times, including twice in the head, according to autopsy records released Thursday by the Cook County medical examiner's office. The first paramedic to Bauer's side shortly after he was shot last month outside the Thompson Center in the Loop found no pulse, the records show. Shomari Legghette, a four-time felon, was arrested at the scene and indicted on 56 felony counts of first-degree murder, armed violence, and weapons and drug offenses.
Chicago Tribune

Florida Officer Shot, Wounded While Serving Warrant
A Florida police officer has been shot and wounded while serving an arrest warrant at the home of a man facing charges for making violent threats to his family. Tampa police announced on social media that Officer Richard Lehr was released from a hospital Monday afternoon. Police say Lehr and Officer Leigh Smith were serving the warrant at an apartment complex early Monday morning when 35-year-old Walter Richard Jeziorski opened fire. Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan pointed to "mental health issues," adding that the shooting is an example of what "officers deal with every day."
Associated Press

LAPD Set To Release Body Camera Videos; What Will We See?
The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday is expected to approve a new policy that would require the LAPD to release body camera video of officer-involved shootings within 45 days of the incident. In addition, the department would be required to release video of any use of force that sent someone to the hospital. The policy would require the release of any other video of the incident, including from cameras mounted inside patrol cars and on drones. Video collected from bystanders and private security cameras would also have to be released. The LAPD would become the largest department in the nation to release such video.

Two Men Fatally Shot In Wilmington
Authorities Monday sought public help to solve the killings of two men who were gunned down in Wilmington. The shootings occurred about 2:20 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Bayview Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Cesar Gutierrez, 24, and Joseph Duarte, 18, died at a hospital. According to police, Gutierrez was visiting Duarte when the crime occurred.

Inglewood Triple Shooting Leaves 1 Man Dead, 2 Women Hospitalized
A triple shooting in Inglewood early Tuesday morning left one man dead and two women hospitalized, authorities said. Officers responded about 12:30 a.m. to report of a burglary in progress at a home in the area of 106th Street and Doty Avenue, where they arrived to hear gunshots and screaming, according to the Inglewood Police Department. The officers saw a suspect flee from the residence and found a deceased man inside, investigators said. He was not immediately identified.

Bicyclist Dies In Arms Of Family Member After Mid-City Shooting
Police Monday sought the public's help in identifying whoever shot and killed a bicyclist who died in the arms of a family member in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. The shooting was reported about 10:05 p.m. Sunday in front of 4707 W. 17th St., between La Brea Avenue and West Boulevard, Sgt. R. Hillard of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Station said. Steven Lopez, 22, of Los Angeles died at the scene, the coroner's office reported.

Man Sentenced To Prison Nearly 30 Years After Los Angeles Student's Brutal Murder
Almost 30 years ago, a student's body was found so badly burned, they identified her through dental records. On Monday, her killer was sentenced to prison. At the time of her brutal murder Jill Sampson was just 22 years old. Twenty-six years later, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Roger Allen found her killer. "I identified with her, I identified with the family, and I took it personally," Allen said. Allen said new advancements in DNA technology let them test old evidence. It led them to Ajheeb Boyd, a man already in prison for robbery. "His information was in a state database and that's how we were able to identify the code as him," Allen said.

Surveillance Video Shows Brutal Attack That Left South L.A. Street Vendor Badly Injured
A South Los Angeles business released surveillance video on Monday showing a local street vendor being beaten after he was robbed over the weekend in the Historic South-Central neighborhood. Pedro Daniel Reyes was preparing to sell peanuts and other items in the area of South San Pedro Street and East 31st Street before dawn on Sunday morning when a group of six to seven people approached him and other street vendors and demanded money, according to his stepson.

Trey Songz Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Violence, LAPD Says
Singer Trey Songz has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in connection with an alleged incident at a party last month. The 33-year-old musician, whose legal name is Tremaine Neverson, was arrested around 6:30 a.m. Monday, Los Angeles police said. He was released on $50,000 bail around 8 a.m., according to sheriff's jail records.

Ex-NFL Player Jonathan Martin Charged In Connection With Threats Involving Harvard Westlake
Former NFL player and Harvard-Westlake alumnus Jonathan Martin has been charged with making criminal threats in connection with an Instagram post that displayed a shotgun and referenced the school by name. Los Angeles Police spokesman Josh Rubenstein confirmed that charges had been filed against Martin, 28, and a warrant issued for his arrest. "However," he said, "we are talking with his attorney."
Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Immigrants Jailed For Past Crimes Can Be Detained Pending Deportation
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide another case testing the Trump administration's power to arrest and jail immigrants facing deportation, including longtime lawful residents who committed minor offenses years ago. The justices will review a class-action ruling from California that held that immigrants who were released after serving time in local and state jails may not be detained later by federal immigration agents for possible deportation and held indefinitely without a hearing, if they pose no danger to the public and are not likely to flee.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

California Legislation Aims To Eliminate Los Angeles Rules Blocking Homeless Housing
A California lawmaker wants to make it easier to build homeless housing across the state and is taking aim at Los Angeles. Legislation from Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would require cities and counties to approve permanent supportive housing projects for homeless residents anywhere housing is allowed under that local government's zoning rules.

A 1st Look At The Lower LA River Project
Here are the first glimpses of what might be the future of the lower Los Angeles River. In 2015, California lawmakers set up a group to look at redeveloping the lower Los Angeles River from the city of Vernon to the Port of Long Beach. The first three areas of the project are now in the planning stage. The areas are: The Rio Hondo Confluence, Cudahy River Park and the area south of Willow Street.

LA City Council Committee Considers $3 Million Payout Over Sidewalk Slip
The city of Los Angeles may be headed for another costly payout over the condition of its sidewalks, with the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee on Monday considering a $3 million payment to a woman over a slip-and-fall incident, according to Councilman Mitchell Englander.


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