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April 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Shooter Fires Through Restaurant Window, Kills 2 Florida Deputies
Someone fired through the window of a north Florida restaurant Thursday afternoon, killing two deputies who were getting food, officials said. Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz identified the slain deputies during a news conference as Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25. The deputies were getting food at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton when the shooter walked up to the building and fired at them through a window, Schultz said.
Associated Press

Slain Massachusetts LEO's K-9 Released From Hospital
Nero, the wounded K-9 partner of slain Yarmouth police Sgt. Sean Gannon, was released from a veterinary hospital Wednesday and taken home in the cruiser assigned to Gannon, according to a post on the Yarmouth Police Department's Facebook page. The 28-month-old Belgian Malinois was shot in the face and neck April 12 and had been recovering at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay, where dozens of current and former K-9 officers made sure the dog was never alone.
Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

New Policy Requiring LAPD To Release Video Footage Takes Effect
Following a months-long controversial debate, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it will begin its new policy of releasing video footage to the public from officer-involved shootings. The LAPD confirmed on Twitter that it will release “video evidence” of any “critical incidents involving our officers” within 45 days. It requires the LAPD to make body cam, drone, dash cam, surveillance, or third-party video public within 45 days of an incident in which a person is shot or seriously injured by an LAPD officer. It requires the LAPD to make body cam, drone, dash cam, surveillance, or third-party video public within 45 days of an incident in which a person is shot or seriously injured by an LAPD officer. The policy has received pushback from both outgoing Chief Charlie Beck and the police union, who have argued that releasing video early could compromise an investigation.

Gunman Killed In Woodland Hills Officer-Involved Shooting ID'd As 'Shaggy Bandit,' LAPD Says
A suspect who was fatally shot by police after he shot and wounded an officer last week in Woodland Hills has been identified as the so-called "Shaggy Bandit," who had been sought in a series of robberies, authorities announced Thursday. Daniel Joseph Carver, 29 was killed April 9 in a confrontation with Los Angeles Police Department officers in the area of Corbin Avenue and Victory Boulevard. According to the LAPD, police gave chase after spotting Carver driving a newly stolen car. He allegedly attempted to flee on foot before opening fire in an alley.

Woman In Custody After Breaching Security Outside Mayor's Office In L.A. City Hall
A woman was taken into custody after she entered a restricted area of Los Angeles City Hall and threatened officers there on Thursday, police said. The woman was screaming for help outside the building before officers stationed inside opened the doors to an entrance on the Spring Street side around 6 p.m., said Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman has not been publicly identified, but police described her as a black woman in her 30s and said she was possibly homeless.

Over-The-Top Open House At Bel-Air Mansion Shut Down By LAPD
After Drawing Massive Crowd A flashy open house held at a palatial Bel-Air mansion once touted as the most expensive home on the market in the U.S. attracted a huge crowd, prompting police to respond and shut it down. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on April 19, 2018.
KTLA 5 Video

Suspect Arrested In Hermosa Beach Shooting Over Marijuana Deal Gone Bad
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred in Hermosa Beach last month, police said on Wednesday, April 18. About 3:15 p.m., March 24, police responded to the 2700 block of El Oeste Drive on reports of shots heard near the rear of a building. But when officers arrived, no one was found. Police later found the victim at a local hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The shooting took place in an alley. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Some California Cities Want Amsterdam-Style Pot Lounges, Push Limits Of Marijuana Legalization
West Hollywood likes to party. For decades, it has embraced its gay and lesbian bars and the rock 'n' roll debauchery of the Sunset Strip. It runs a free nightlife trolley called The PickUp, with a jar of free condoms by the door. Now, it's embracing a different type of social scene: pot lounges. The city is poised to allow cannabis lounges where people can consume the once-taboo product in a social setting. West Hollywood will join San Francisco, Oakland and South Lake Tahoe, which earlier this year became some of the first cities in California to open the consumption lounges modeled after those in Amsterdam. Communities in the Coachella Valley are also joining the ranks.
San Diego Union Tribune

Driving High: US Cops Prepare For Crackdown On 'Weed Day'
Pot may be legal in eight US states and the capital, but tokers getting behind the wheel on a national weed appreciation day could be in for a downer as police forces crack down on intoxicated drivers. In places like California, where recreational marijuana has been legal since January, law enforcement officials and doctors are worried about an increase in people arrested for erratic driving and hospitalized with overdoses. The issue is particularly acute on April 20, or 4/20, a national day of celebration in cannabis culture -- especially after 4:20 pm when usage surges.
US News

Local Government News

Garcetti Seeks To Repair More Streets And Sidewalks — And Make Them Safer
Flush with revenue from a strong economy, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking to ramp up efforts to fix buckled sidewalks, rebuild the city's most damaged roads and reduce the number of traffic deaths. The mayor's $9.9-billion budget, which was released Thursday, relies on a 5.6% increase in key revenues, such as property, sales and hotel bed taxes, according to city budget analysts.
Los Angeles Times

LA City Council Moves Forward On Sidewalk Vending Ordinance
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday directed the city's attorneys to draft a proposed sidewalk vending ordinance while rejecting a late push by some members to keep an option alive that would have allowed nearby brick-and mortar businesses to have the power to veto vendor licenses. On Monday, the council's Economic Development Committee approved the proposed regulations and made an alteration that eliminated the veto power and replaced it with a formal hearing process that would allow adjacent property owners to voice concerns and submit appeals to proposed sidewalk vendors based on health and safety issues.
FOX 11


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