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April 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Hundreds Gather For Vigil Honoring Slain Massachusetts Officer
Hundreds of people crowded into the Yarmouth Police Department parking lot Saturday at a candlelight vigil to pay their respects to the family, friends and fellow officers of Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth police K-9 Officer who was gunned down in the line of duty on Thursday. Gannon's cruiser sat in the front of the department, showered in hundreds of flowers from mourners grieving the loss of the 32-year-old officer who died after he was shot while serving a warrant at a home in Marstons Mills.
Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

North Carolina Deputy Shot In The Face, Chest While Conducting Investigation
A 16-year-old suspected of shooting a Harnett County deputy on Saturday was caught hours later after a massive manhunt, Sheriff Wayne Coats said. Mario Alexander Garcia III was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m. It was not clear what he would be charged with, Coats said. The deputy, identified as James Cook, was in stable condition late Saturday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Judge Deciding Whether To Keep New York Cop Killer In Prison
A New York judge on Friday heard arguments but didn't immediately rule on whether a former radical who fatally shot two New York City police officers in 1971 should be released on parole. The state parole board last month approved the release of Herman Bell for next Wednesday but the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association filed a lawsuit on behalf of a widow of one of the slain officers to try to keep him in jail. Associated Press

2 LAPD Officers Suffer Minor Injuries After Downtown L.A. Vehicle Crash
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were left with minor injuries following a vehicle crash in downtown Los Angeles Friday night, officials said. The two officers were taken to nearby hospitals while the people inside the other vehicle involved were treated at the scene, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. The collision, which occurred at about 9 p.m. near East Washington Boulevard and South Hooper Avenue, only involved two vehicles. Madison said both officers should be OK.

LAPD To Discuss Studio City Recording Studio Fire That Killed 2, Police Have A Suspect In Custody
The Los Angeles Police Department plans to publicly discuss today the arrest of a 28-year-old man on suspicion of setting fire to a music studio in Studio City, killing two people and leaving two others gravely injured. Eferem Zimbalist Demery of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. He's being held in Los Angeles without bail, and officers in the LAPD's Homicide-Robbery Division planned to discuss the case at a news conference at department headquarters at 3:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Vermont Vista: LAPD
A man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the Vermont Vista district of South Los Angeles Friday night, officials said. Police received a call about the crash at about 7:48 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said. It happened in the area near South Figueroa Street and Imperial Highway, LAPD officials said in a tweet. Authorities at the scene described the victim as a 52-year-old Hispanic man, but did not release further information about his identity. No other details about the crash have been released.

Police Chase Stolen Pickup Truck; 1 In Custody, 1 At Large
Police on Monday chased a stolen pickup truck from Northridge to the Reseda area, where two suspects got out and ran into a neighborhood and one of them was arrested, authorities said. The pursuit started about 4:55 a.m. when officers saw the truck at a gas station at Van Nuys Boulevard and Moorpark Street in Northridge, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman. The chase led to the general area of Kittridge Street and Vanalden Avenue, where the vehicle's two occupants got out and fled on foot, Eisenman said. Officers took one suspect into custody and set up a perimeter to find the second suspect, according to reports from the scene.
FOX 11

SWAT Enters Burger King, No Barricaded Suspect Inside
A Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team that surrounded a Burger King restaurant in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles believing an armed carjack suspect was inside entered after several hours and found no one there, authorities said Sunday. The incident began at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday when the suspect commandeered a car at gunpoint at the Bronco Motel in the 5500 block of South Western Avenue, a desk officer at the LAPD's 77th Street Station said.

$700,000 Worth Of Fake Cosmetics Seized By LAPD In Downtown's Fashion District
A Los Angeles Police Department task force seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in downtown's Fashion District, an LAPD spokesman said. Police Capt. Marc Reina announced the results of the operation Thursday evening on Twitter, adding that the fake cosmetics were "found to contain bacteria and human waste." "The best price is not always the best deal!" Reina wrote.

Man Denies Stealing LAPD Cruiser And Leading Officers On San Fernando Valley Chase
A Ventura County man who allegedly stole a Los Angeles Police Department patrol SUV in Hollywood and led officers on a chase to the San Fernando Valley last week pleaded not guilty Friday to a pair of felony counts. Ethan Rutland, 28, is charged with one count each of driving or taking a law enforcement or fire department vehicle without consent and fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly. Rutland allegedly got into the SUV — which had its engine running and police weapons secured in the vehicle — and drove away as two officers responded to a call of an unrelated suspect running from other officers early the morning of April 6. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Despite Drop In Distracted Driving-Related Crashes Across State, Southern California Drivers Use Cellphones At Higher Rate
Few people paid attention to the cardboard sign the suspiciously clean-cut young man wearing sunglasses was holding as he stood on the Riverside Avenue off-ramp of the westbound 10 Freeway Thursday morning. If they had, they would have noticed it read, “Talking & Texting while driving KILLS! If you're on a cellphone right now, you're about to get a ticket from Rialto PD.” As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Rialto police launched a 3½-hour-long operation at the off-ramp targeting drivers distracted by their cellphones and other electronic devices. Officers handed out 108 citations.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Calm Voices Amid Chaos: Southern California Emergency Dispatchers Honored For Their Crucial Public Safety Roles
This week, dispatchers have been recognized as part of a national campaign honoring their work. Officially known as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, the event was created nearly 40 years ago by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Congress in 1994 recognized the event that is celebrated during the second week of April. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck at a gathering with dispatchers Wednesday said emergency responders are those who are “always heard, never seen.” 
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LA Mayor To Unveil $20 Million Emergency Shelter Plan To Tackle Homelessness Crisis
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will unveil a $20 million plan Monday to build emergency shelters across the city, as a response to a troubling homelessness crisis that has continued to grow over the past year, along with his recent efforts to raise his national profile. When Garcetti details the plan as part of his annual state-of-the-city address, he will be fresh from a two-day trip to Iowa, where he tested the waters for a potential White House bid in 2020, and thrown back into the task of taking on homelessness. The issue is chief among the pressing and unfinished business that faces the mayor, as he considers a run for higher office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Safe Parking Program For Homeless Veterans Is Launching In West L.A.
Homeless veterans who live in their cars will soon be able to park overnight on the Department of Veterans Affairs' West Los Angeles campus, City Councilman Mike Bonin has announced. The pilot program will provide the veterans an assigned spot where they may sleep safely, as well as access to social services and eventually housing, Bonin's office said Friday. The program on the sprawling campus will launch in the next two weeks and is being run by the nonprofit group Safe Parking L.A.
Los Angeles Times


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