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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 6, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police Are Furious California Lawmakers Are Trying To Limit Their Use Of Deadly Force
Police in California are pushing back on a new bill that could be a game changer for how officers are treated under the law when they kill civilians. If passed, the “Police Accountability and Community Protection Act” would significantly restrict when law enforcement can use deadly force. Current California law states that an officer needs to demonstrate that she or he had “reasonable fear” when they reached for their gun, a legal standard that notoriously favors law enforcement. “This bill will put officers in further danger and is about political expediency and not sound public policy,” wrote the Los Angeles Police Protective League in a searing statement. “The new proposal demands that officers have a Monday Morning Quarterback's perspective before game day on Sunday.” “If enacted, it will either get cops killed or allow criminals to terrorize our streets unchecked,” the statement continued. “Pick one.”

Bosco The Hero Police Dog Euthanized Due To Medical Condition
A loyal and beloved Southern California police dog whose heroics and determination helped bring a five-hour standoff to an end earlier this year has been euthanized. Orange Police Department K9 Bosco was euthanized due to a medical condition discovered Wednesday, the department announced in a statement. "With heavy hearts, the decision was made to euthanize Bosco," Orange police said in a heart-breaking statement. "Rest in peace, faithful partner. We love you and will miss you." 

Gang Members Admit To Firebombing Black Families In Boyle Heights Housing Development
Members of a Latino street gang have admitted to carrying out a racially motivated firebombing attack on black families in a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors announced Thursday. Three men belonging to the Big Hazard gang will plead guilty to federal hate crimes stemming from the 2014 attack, according to written plea agreements. In exchange for the confessions, prosecutors for U.S. Atty. Nicola T. Hanna agreed to seek some leniency for the men when they are sentenced. Each faces more than 30 years in federal prison. The nighttime attack on Mother's Day four years ago laid bare long-standing racial animosity Latino gangs have stoked in the Ramona Gardens Housing Development and elsewhere.
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Surrenders After Leading Car Chase In Stolen LAPD Cruiser
A man is in custody after leading several LAPD officers in a wild chase in one of their own black-and-white units. “I got a stolen black-and-white with a rifle and a shotgun in it,” an officer reported over the radio. The chase began after 1 a.m. in the Hollywood area as the officers in the unit got out to chase down a suspect in an unrelated vandalism. The suspect jumped into the unoccupied patrol SUV and took off.

Driver Sought In Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 67-Year-Old Woman In Lincoln Heights
Authorities are continuing their search Thursday for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a woman in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The crash occurred about 9:50 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of North Broadway and Workman Street, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Felix Padilla said. A 67-year-old woman was going through recyclables when she was struck and critically wounded by a driver who fled the scene, Padilla said.

Heroin-Delivery Pizza Style: Honcho Guilty In Van Nuys Distribution Ring
The supervisor of a pizza-style drug distribution ring that operated out of Van Nuys and used a fleet of cars and a staff of drivers to make rapid deliveries of heroin and cocaine pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge. Adrian “Toro” Munoz-Garcia, 24, of Buena Park entered his plea to a single felony count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Munoz-Garcia faces a prison term between 10 years and life when sentenced Oct. 15 in downtown Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

Law Enforcement Departments Look To Fulfill Positions With Hiring Event
Get your resume and snazziest interview outfit ready because the region's largest law enforcement hiring event is coming to Los Angeles Tuesday, April 10. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., recruiters from several agencies will be meeting prospective candidates interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The free career event boasts several agencies participating in the fair, such as Manhattan Beach Police Department, Whittier Police Department, Orange Police Department and more. 

2 Explosives Set Off In Southern California Sam's Club; No Injuries
A man was being questioned by investigators Thursday after two explosive devices detonated inside a Sam's Club store in Southern California, police said. No one was injured when the explosives went off inside the store in Ontario, which is about 45 miles east of Los Angeles, said Ontario Police Department spokesman Officer Eliseo Guerrero. The suspect was identified as Hugo Gonzalez, 49, of Fontana, according to the Ontario Police. Gonzalez, detained Thursday night, had led officers on a short pursuit after he was seen leaving the store, but he eventually pulled over, Guerrero said.

DOJ Seizes More Than 100 Sacramento-Area Homes Being Used To Grow Weed For Chinese Organized Crime
More than 100 houses in Northern California being used by Chinese drug traffickers to grow marijuana were seized by U.S. federal authorities in a two-day operation that concluded Wednesday, officials announced. An investigation that began in 2014 resulted in one of the largest residential forfeiture efforts in American history, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news release. Another 61,050 marijuana plants, about 440 pounds of processed pot and 15 firearms were seized from the grow homes, which were being run by a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise based in China, officials said.

Send National Guard To Border? California Is Undecided.
President Donald Trump needs states' consent to execute is his plan to secure the border with Mexico with National Guard troops. While leaders from two of those border states promptly embraced Trump's proposal on Wednesday, California was less enthusiastic. “This request – as with others we've received from the Department of Homeland Security, including those for additional staffing in 2006 and 2010 – will be promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners,” California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said in a statement issued on behalf of Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.
Sacramento Bee

Ashes Of Florida Officer Recovered, Suspect Arrested
One man is in jail and a deceased police officer's ashes have been recovered, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Daniel Antonio Nolasco Cardona, 27, from Honduras, is being charged by the Sheriff's Office with four counts of criminal mischief, four counts of burglary of a dwelling, four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary of a dwelling, four counts of an unlawful two-way communication device, two counts of grand theft and one count of destruction of a monument. Cardona was arrested Tuesday in Miami.
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

Local Government News

A wealthy developer owns a rare plot of green in a very crowded part of L.A. What does he owe his neighbors?
A grassy horseshoe-shaped park an acre wide in the heart of Koreatown takes up some of the hottest real estate in Los Angeles. Pine trees tower over rocks scattered in the center of the plot, the only green space for miles along Wilshire Boulevard. Residents say it's a much-needed respite in one of the densest, most park-poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Even if a private security guard will chase you off the minute you set foot on the grass. The park was created in 1966 by a family building a national headquarters for their insurance company. They built on just half the lot, turning the rest into a landscaped plaza they hoped would serve "to strengthen the central city, to enhance it, to beautify it."
Los Angeles Times


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