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from LA Police Protective League

March 29, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Officer Says Goodbye To Dying K-9
A photo captured an emotional moment between a California LEO and his dying K-9. Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thunberg said 7-year-old K-9 Griffen died on Saturday from an undisclosed medical condition, the Associated Press reports. Griffen's handler, identified as Officer Chancellor, his handler's family and other members of the K-9 program were there for Griffin's final moments.

Deputy Injured In Palmdale Crash: LASD
A deputy and two others were injured in a Palmdale crash Wednesday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The crash occurred about 5:10 p.m. near the intersection of 18th Street East and Avenue Q, officials said. The deputy was responding to a medical emergency when the driver of a Honda attempted to make a left turn in front of him and collided with the sheriff's SUV, according to investigators.

Bar Shooting Near LAX Leaves Man Wounded
A man was shot and wounded early this morning at a bar near the Los Angeles International Airport, police say. The shots rang out at 2:28 a.m. at Melody Bar & Grill at 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. The victim was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately available, Eisenman said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Burglary Suspects Caught After Chase, Attempt To Hide In West LA Hospital
Two burglary suspects were arrested after trying to hide by driving into a hospital parking garage after a high-speed chase that started in the San Fernando Valley Wednesday night. The chase started in Van Nuys as the suspect weaved through traffic on surface streets at high speeds. It appeared one of the tires was flat, but the suspect continued to drive at high speeds.

Officials Seek Help Finding People Involved In Fatal Shooting Of 21-Year-Old Woman In Panorama City
LAPD officials are asking for help in solving the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old woman in Panorama City. Jessica Torres was driving in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Arminta Street about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 when a person in another vehicle fired a gun and Torres was struck. The car then left the scene. Torres was taken to a hospital where she died two days later. Police have no information on a suspect or suspects, but the investigation is ongoing.

Adea Shabani Case: Remains Found In Northern California Identified As Missing Actress
The remains discovered in a shallow grave in Northern California have been positively identified as belonging to missing Hollywood actress and aspiring model Adea Shabani. Sheriff's officials from Nevada County said on Wednesday that Shabani, 25, was identified through her tattoos. Autopsy results revealed that Shabani sustained blunt force trauma to her head, and no other major trauma was found on her body. The case has been deemed a homicide, but the cause of death will not be determined until toxicology and tissue analysis are completed, authorities said.

ATF Offers $10K Reward For Information On Weapons Stolen From Compton Vault
A $10,000 reward is being offered to find whoever stole a cache of weapons from a Compton city vault. The reward, which was announced Tuesday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the stolen firearms. Approximately 31 firearms being stored in a vault at the old Compton City Hall on Alameda Street recently went missing.

Some California Marijuana Businesses Struggle To Play By New Rules
If you type the numbers "420" into a Craigslist search, the site populates with scores of illegal marijuana delivery services. You get similar results by visiting, which is like Yelp for cannabis. Under California's legalization law, cannabis businesses must display a state license number on any public advertisement. The state of California has approved more than 4,000 marijuana businesses since Jan. 1, when the sale of recreational cannabis became legal. But many more are still operating without a license.

California Tells Local Law Enforcement To Follow Federal Law — But Not To Be Immigration Enforcers
The California Department of Justice on Wednesday clarified that its sanctuary state policies do not give state and local law enforcement agencies the ability to disregard federal law on cooperating with immigration authorities — but they do set limits on how the agencies can aid in immigration enforcement. The department issued a 10-page guidance document to all state and local law enforcement agencies in California, attempting to detail how the agencies should respond to various requests from federal immigration authorities.
Washington Post

Californians Support Increased School Security But Favor Police Over Armed Teachers
Californians strongly favor metal detectors and armed security at school sites and a ban on AR-15-style rifles. But there was less certainty over the topic of arming teachers in the results of an Eyewitness News-Southern California News Group poll conducted by Survey USA and released Wednesday, March 28. While 52 percent of respondents said armed teachers would decrease students' safety, 31 percent said students would be safer if their teachers had guns. Survey USA interviewed 882 registered voters from March 22-25, a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and over the weekend that included “March For Our Lives” gatherings across the country.
Orange County Register

Local Government News

L.A. Councilman Wants To Cut Ties With Companies Linked To NRA
A Los Angeles lawmaker wants the city to cut ties with companies that are linked to the National Rifle Assn., saying that its opposition to “common sense gun safety laws” is at odds with the city. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell introduced a proposal Wednesday asking city staffers to provide a list of all businesses and groups that have a “formal relationship” with the NRA and lay out options for boycotting them.

LA's Homeless Should Do Community Service Instead Of Paying Parking Citations, Committe Says
A Los Angeles City Council committee recommended Wednesday that a pilot program allowing homeless people to perform community service to resolve parking citations instead of paying a fine become a permanent city program. The program allows people who meet the federal definition of being homeless to apply to perform social or community services instead of paying the citation fine. The program, called the Community Assistance Parking Program, began about a year ago and covers a maximum of 10 parking citations and up to a combined value of $1,500 per year.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. City Council To Explore Seismic Retrofit Fund
The Los Angeles City Council moved Wednesday to explore a financial assistance program to aid property owners on seismic retrofits required by law in roughly 15,000 buildings. The city passed an ordinance in 2015 requiring the retrofitting, but the high up-front costs can cause enormous financial strain on property owners and could prevent its implementation, according to a motion introduced by Councilman Mitchell Englander and approved by the City Council on a 14-0 vote.


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