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from LA Police Protective League

April 25, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police: 2 Dallas Officers Shot, Critically Wounded
Two Dallas officers have been shot and are in critical condition. WFAA reports that the two on-duty officers were shot at a Home Depot Tuesday after being called to the store by an off-duty cop who requested assistance in an arrest. Police said a civilian loss prevention officer who worked for the Home Depot was also shot during the incident. Police are searching for a person of interest, 29-year-old Armando Juarez. He is believed to be armed and driving a white Ford pickup truck.

On Average, At Least 1 Officer Has Been Shot To Death Every Week This Year
In the first 16 weeks of this year, 19 law enforcement officers across the US have been shot and killed in the line of duty, including sheriff deputies in Florida killed Thursday while they were eating in a restaurant. That averages out to more than one death a week. The parameters CNN followed in this count are: The officer was fatally shot this year and the officer was on duty at the time of the shooting. "The tragic deaths ... (are) a stark reminder of the dangers our law enforcement professionals face each and every day while protecting and serving our communities. Too often, their service and sacrifice are taken for granted," said Craig Floyd with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Gunman Kills Mother, Shoots Self Following House Fire In Harbor Gateway
A woman was found dead Tuesday at the scene of a house fire in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles where a gunman fired shots and barricaded himself before being taken into custody. Police confirm the 25-year-old suspect shot and killed his own mother. Police believe he then shot himself at least twice and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Firefighters were sent to the 15400 block of South Orchard Avenue about 4:30 a.m. and extinguished the flames in the two-story structure in 12 minutes, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
FOX 11

LAPD Takes Some Credit For Easing Immigrants' Fears Of Reporting Crimes
The LAPD said Tuesday that its extensive outreach in Latino communities seems to have helped calm fears among unauthorized immigrants that the department would help the Trump administration deport people. As evidence of the change, the department pointed to statistics showing that by the end of 2017 more Latinos were reporting sexual assaults and domestic violence than earlier in the year. In a report to the Los Angeles Police Commission, the LAPD said in the first four months of 2017, which included all but three weeks of Trump's new administration, reports of sexual assault in Latino communities had plummeted about 24 percent compared with the same time the year before. Reports of sexual assault during that time were down citywide, but only by about 14 percent.

LA's Bicycle-Involved Traffic Deaths Have Tripled So Far This Year
Bicycle-involved traffic deaths in Los Angeles are up significantly so far this year, police officials said Tuesday. As of Monday, there were six bicycle-involved fatalities since Jan. 1, up from two such fatalities during the same period last year, according to Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Roland Fogel. Among the fatalities was 15-year-old Sebastian Montero, a former LAPD cadet who was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a white Infiniti driving northbound on De Soto Avenue at Burbank Boulevard in Woodland Hills on Easter Sunday. The driver remained at the scene as required by law.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Searches Lexus Of TV Producer Accused In Sister's Death In Studio City
A Los Angeles homicide detective was in New Jersey Tuesday searching a white Lexus that belongs to a television producer accused of murdering her deaf and blind sister in Studio City three years ago, according to police and the suspect's attorney. Los Angeles police say Jill Blackstone drugged and then killed her sister, Wendy, and at least one dog after she pulled an active BBQ grill into their enclosed garage in March of 2015.
Los Angeles Daily News

FBI Serves Warrants In Hollywood Bank Fraud Scheme
Authorities Tuesday served warrants in the Hollywood area and arrested five people suspected in a bank fraud scheme that employed devices used to steal information at automated teller machines. "Three of four defendants charged in a federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft were taken into custody this morning without incident," said Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

Palos Verdes Teen Murder Suspect Denied Bail Reduction
The arraignment of a Palos Verdes teen on murder charges revealed new information that potentially links 18-year-old defendant Cameron Terrell to another crime. His parents accompanied him to court Tuesday as he entered a plea of not guilty in the October 2017 shooting of 21-year old Justin Holmes. Terrell is accused of multiple felonies and Tuesday morning also sought a reduction in bail from $5 million to $1-million dollars.

1 Dead, 11 Treated For Overdoses At California Prison
Suspected drug overdoses at a Northern California prison over the weekend left an inmate dead and sent 11 others for treatment, authorities said Monday. An inmate was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione and despite lifesaving efforts was pronounced dead later that evening, according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Another inmate was treated at the prison and 10 others were taken to hospitals, although eight have since returned to the lockup. Authorities didn't say what drug they suspect caused the overdoses.
Union Democrat

Study: California Gun Deaths Declined Between 2000 And 2015
Gun deaths have fallen in California over a 16-year period ending in 2015, driven largely by a decline in gang violence and falling homicide rates among black and Hispanic men, a recent study of firearm violence has found. Researchers at the University of California, Davis published their findings in the May issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology after reviewing 50,921 firearm deaths recorded in California between 2000 and 2015. The University provided the study results on Monday.

Local Government News

LA Needs Increased Enforcement Near Safe Parking Spots, City Councilman Says
A Los Angeles city councilman called Tuesday for increasing enforcement of an ordinance barring people from living in vehicles near areas that have safe parking zones. Councilman Bob Blumenfield outlined the proposal in a motion that says the increased enforcement would act as an incentive for neighborhoods to embrace the safe parking program. The ordinance barring people from living in cars near homes, parks, schools and daycare facilities went into effect in January 2017 and is scheduled to expire in July unless the council votes to extend or amend it.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. City Council Committee Approves Bike Share Expansion
A Los Angeles City Council committee gave a thumbs-up today to a plan by Metro and the Department of Transportation to expand a bike share program in the city. Metro started the program in partnership with the city in 2016 with bike stations in downtown Los Angeles before adding locations to the Port of L.A., the Westside and Echo Park. The city of Pasadena is also part of the system that has more than 1,400 bikes.


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