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from LA Police Protective League

March 21, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Charged In Killing Of Kentucky Officer
A man who was wanted in connection to the murder of a 35-year-old veteran Pikeville police officer was captured Thursday. John Russell Hall, 55, of Pikeville, was charged with one count of murder of a police officer and one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in connection with the slaying of Pikeville police officer Scotty Hamilton.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Elected Officials Outraged After Admitted Cop Killer Gets Parole
The New York State Parole Board's decision to release admitted cop killer Herman Bell from prison has outraged lawmakers and city officials. Bell, a former member of a 1970s Black Liberation Army, fatally shot New York City police officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in 1971, after luring the officers into an ambush in Harlem. Jones was killed with a gunshot to his head, as Piagentini was shot shot 22 times, including with his own service revolver - as the dying officer pleaded for his own life.
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

LAPD Has New Ground Rules For Release Of Body Camera Video
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved a sweeping policy that now requires police to release to the public video from officer body cameras and other sources recorded during shootings and major incidents. The vote by the Los Angeles Police Department's civilian watchdog panel ended years of not allowing the department to release such recordings. In reaction to the approval of the policy, the board of the Los Angeles Police Protective League — the union that represents officers — reiterated its preference that any video be released after an investigation. But the union also found some positives: “We may not always agree, but we must do our best to work together in an open and honest manner,” read a statement from the union. “Although all of our alternatives were not incorporated into the proposed policy, those that were incorporated will increase officer safety and minimally extend the investigative process prior to release of any video. We would prefer that any video released be done after the conclusion of the investigation, including any review by the district attorney and hope that any unintended negative consequences as the result of the adoption of this new policy are limited.” "We may not always agree on everything," Jerretta Sandoz, the union's vice president, told the commission. "But we do respect the relationship that we formed and the dialogue we had."
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Times

Hate Crimes In L.A. Jump Significantly, With Transgender People
Targeted Hate crimes rose significantly in the city of Los Angeles in 2017, with transgender people increasingly being targeted, according to a report prepared by the Police Department. According to the LAPD's report, which was posted online this week, the number of hate crimes totaled 254 last year, a 10.9 percent increase over 2016. The City Council in January directed the LAPD and the city attorney to report on recent trends in hate crimes and efforts to respond to them.
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Identified In Fatal New Year's Eve Shooting At KFC In Northridge
A Los Angeles detective Tuesday said police believe they know who pulled the trigger in a New Year's Eve shooting at a KFC restaurant in Northridge that left a man dead. LAPD Detective Ryan Verna said the release of security camera footage from inside the restaurant that night led to someone identifying Derek Bryan Dominguez, 28, as the suspect.
Los Angeles Daily News

$50,000 Reward In Shooting Death Of Man Riding Skateboard In Arleta
Police on Tuesday announced a $50,000 reward for help in solving the killing of a man gunned down while riding a skateboard in Arleta. Detectives discussed the case at a late-morning news conference at the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Station in Mission Hills. Detectives announced a $50,000 reward for help in solving the killing of 28-year-old Angel Maciel, who was gunned down about 3:40 p.m. Oct. 29 in the 9900 block of Stanwin Avenue.

South LA Homeowner Asks For Public's Help To Find Burglars Who Stole From Her Home 4 Times
A homeowner desperate to protect her family and her property is asking for the public's help after her South Los Angeles home was burglarized for the fourth time. The most recent burglary took place last week. "I get into my room and it's like a tornado just hit it," said the burglary victim, who did not want her name released. "The mattresses are on the floor, they pulled out everything inside my closet. They broke the shoe racks, the drawers are out." The homeowner said the burglars took thousands of dollars in jewelry.

After 17 Years On The Run, Couple Sentenced In Sexual Assault Of 16-Year-Old Who Attended Private School They Ran In South L.A.
A couple who authorities had been attempting to locate for nearly two decades has been convicted and sentenced in the 2000 sexual assault of a girl who attended a private school they owned and operated in South Los Angeles. Both Joseph Green, 52, and 43-year-old Chanell Warren pleaded no contest to their respective charges in the case on Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Ex-NFL Player Martin Pleads Not Guilty In Instagram Threats To Harvard-Westlake School
Former NFL player and Harvard-Westlake alum Jonathan Martin has been booked by LAPD in connection with a threatening social media post about the school. An arrest warrant had been issued for Martin, relating to an Instagram post showing a shotgun and ammunition. He was booked into the Van Nuys Jail Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police said. Martin then entered not guilty pleas in a Van Nuys courtroom to four felony counts of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Alleged Texas Gang Members Suspected Of Plot To Rob LA's Bank Customers
Two of seven Houston residents accused of conspiring to rob bank customers in Torrance, Van Nuys and Rowland Heights are expected to be arraigned Monday in Torrance. Prosecutors allege Darrian Dejuan Haywood, 28, and Adrian Deon Caldwell, 27, were part of a crew that operated out of an Inglewood motel and conspired to follow customers out of branch banks and rob them, a practice known as “bank jugging.”

Suicidal Californians Could Join Do-Not-Sell Gun List Under Democrat's Bill
Almost 1,600 people in California used guns to take their own lives in 2016. That statistic, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, represented more than half of the total gun deaths in California that year. Assemblyman Rob Bonta wants to lower that number by allowing people who fear they may be suicidal to voluntarily join a California Do Not Sell List for firearms.
Sacramento Bee

California's Death Penalty Avoids Legal Challenge At Supreme Court
California's death penalty law sidestepped a legal challenge Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a similarly wide-ranging law in Arizona. An Arizona Death Row inmate had asked the court to consider whether the state's law violated constitutional standards because it makes virtually every first-degree murderer subject to potential capital charges.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

Garcetti Says L.A. Can End Street Homelessness In A Decade
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti knows the perils of offering bold pronouncements about taming homelessness in L.A. During his first mayoral campaign in 2013, he vowed to end chronic homelessness. Once in office, Garcetti said he would find housing for the city's homeless veterans, first by 2015 and then 2016, before scrapping a timeline altogether.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. City Council Pledges 222 Units For Homeless Residents In Each District By 2020
The Los Angeles City Council pledged Tuesday to support a minimum number of housing units for homeless people in each of the districts they represent. Under the pledge, each council member will back the approval of at least 222 units of supportive housing in his or her district before July 1, 2020, including any units approved since last July. The City Council resolution is not binding, but lawmakers said it is important that they publicly make a shared commitment to build homeless housing across the sprawling city.


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