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April 18, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Texas Deputy Shot, Wounded In Shootout
A constable deputy and a man were wounded Tuesday morning in a shootout in Atascocita, according to the Harris County Constable Precinct 4. Constable Mark Herman identified the deputy as Christopher Gaines and said he was flown to the hospital. The deputy, who has been with the department for two years and is assigned to its East District Patrol division in Humble, is currently in stable condition, Herman said.
Houston Chronicle

North Carolina Deputy Shot In The Face, Chest Begins ‘Long Road To Recovery'
Harnett County sheriff's Deputy James Eric Cook had no idea that a teenager might be carrying a gun when he attempted to stop him on a dirt path Saturday night behind Cagle's Furniture off N.C. 87. The 16-year-old, Mario A. Garza lll, kept walking as Cook tried to question him about a missing person's report matching the boy's description that had been filed the day before, Sheriff Wayne Coats said at a news conference Monday morning. Garza tensed when grabbed by Cook, who decided to call for backup, Coats said. When he did, the sheriff said, Garza pushed him and gunfire was exchanged.
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Family Of Bicyclist Killed In Traffic Collision Pleads With Driver To Surrender, Reward Offered By LAPD
Beverly Owens walked past the white bicycle surrounded by candles, messages and adorned with a balloon, all placed in memory of her son Frederick Frazier. The 22-year old – her only son – was riding his bicycle and had just turned right onto eastbound Manchester Avenue from northbound Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles when he was struck by a white Porsche Cayenne traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Manchester Avenue about 12:45 p.m., April 10. He later died of his injuries at the hospital. In front of the memorial, police had placed signs with surveillance photos of the vehicle. They showed a silhouette of a driver inside. “Why couldn't you stop?” Owens pleaded multiple times through tears while being comforted by family and friends. The Los Angeles Police Department held a press conference and announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, Tuesday, April 17.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Charged With Murder In Studio Fire
Twenty-eight-year-old Eferem Zimbalist Demery of Los Angeles was charged Tuesday with five felony counts in relation to a fire that left two people dead. Demery faces two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson of a structure. In addition, the felony complaint includes allegations of multiple murders and the charging document references the defendant's alleged use of gasoline as an accelerant.

4 LA Men Arrested In Palos Verdes Estates For Mail Theft, Drug Possession
Four adult males were arrested on suspicion of mail theft and illegal drug possession in Palos Verdes Estates early Tuesday morning, police said. Just before 3:30 a.m., an officer performed a traffic stop in the 200 block of Palos Verdes Drive West. When the officer searched the vehicle, he found numerous pieces of stolen mail from Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates, said Sgt. Steve Barber of Palos Verdes Estates police. The officer also found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, he said. Police said there were more than 40 pieces of stolen mail.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Convicted Of Murder, Attempted Murder In Two Shootings
A 51-year-old felon was convicted Tuesday of two separate shootings less than a week apart in May 2015 in South Los Angeles, including one that wounded his nephew and his nephew's wife and another in which a man was killed. Floyd Odell of Los Angeles was found guilty of one count each of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with two counts of assault with a firearm, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

In Major Policy Shift, California Police Groups Will Consider Support For Making Some Officer Discipline Records Public
Some major law enforcement groups signaled Tuesday they are willing to support making part of police officer disciplinary records public, a dramatic departure from their past positions. Local and national attention on police shootings and misconduct has led law enforcement organizations to reconsider their blanket opposition to proposals that would give public access to some internal disciplinary investigations of officers. “We're going to be open to supporting efforts that would allow for some records to be released,” said Ryan Sherman, a lobbyist with the Riverside Sheriff's Assn.

California Death Row Inmate To Be Freed; No Retrial Planned
A man who spent nearly 25 years on California's death row for raping and killing a toddler before his conviction was overturned won't be retried and could be freed within days, authorities said Tuesday. Vicente Benavides Figueroa, 68, has remained in prison even though the state Supreme Court last month overturned his 1993 conviction on grounds that medical testimony at his trial was false. Many doctors who testified to the cause of the girl's injuries recanted.
Los Angeles Times

Trump, Jerry Brown ‘Pretty Close To An Agreement' On National Guard, Brown Says
California is “pretty close” to an agreement with the Trump administration to send between 200 and 400 of the state's national guard troops to its border with Mexico, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday. Brown sought to play down any disagreements between the state and Trump officials over the deployment, which the president requested last week.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Three Hit-And-Run Crashes In South L.A. Prompt Calls For More Vision Zero Action
Four fatal traffic collisions in a week in South Los Angeles, three of which were hit-and-run crashes, have drawn frustration and criticism from residents and advocates who say city officials should do more to protect pedestrians and cyclists. Since April 10, residents of four neighborhoods have witnessed brutal reminders of how dangerous L.A.'s streets can be. The traffic crashes, which occurred within three miles of one another near the 110 Freeway, killed two cyclists, a pedestrian and a man crossing the street in his wheelchair.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. City Council Passes Law Requiring Disclosure Over Border Wall
Los Angeles lawmakers passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring companies that are seeking to do business with the city or have city contracts to reveal whether they are helping to build a wall along the Mexican border. The City Council voted 12-0 to require those companies to disclose whether they are helping design, construct, operate or maintain “a federally funded wall, fence or other barrier along the border between the United States and Mexico.”


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