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May 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Off-Duty Arkansas Officer Killed By Stray Bullet Inside His Home
An off-duty police officer was killed after being struck by a stray bullet while at home. Forrest City Officer Oliver Johnson, 25, was at home Saturday playing games with his family when a bullet struck and killed him, The Washington Post reported. Lt. Eric Varner, spokesman for the Forrest City Police Department, said a fight between several people outside the apartment complex where Johnson lived escalated into a shooting. Police said Johnson was not a target.

Official Autopsy Seems To Support Officers In Stephon Clark Shooting
An official autopsy from the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police officers calls into question the conclusions drawn by an independent doctor hired by the man's family. The autopsy released Tuesday says 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot seven times, not eight. A pathologist retained by the Sacramento County coroner says the family's pathologist mistook an exit wound for an entry wound, leaving the impression that police first shot Clark from the side or back. The county's reviewer says Clark was most likely shot as he approached police, consistent with the officers' account. They were responding to a report in March of someone breaking car windows. The autopsy says Clark was legally drunk and had traces of marijuana, cocaine and codeine in his system when he was shot in his grandparents' backyard.
Los Angeles Times

Possibly Armed Suspect In Motor Home Eludes Police — Kids OK After Chase From LA To Bakersfield Area
Authorities hunted Tuesday night for a paroled sex offender who led them on an hours-long chase through California in a motor home with his two young children inside. The youngsters, a 3-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl, were found safe after the RV stopped in an orchard north of Bakersfield after a 100-mile northern freeway drive. But he was nowhere to be found. The wanted man, identified as Stephen Houk, 46, was believed to be armed. At times during the Los Angeles-area part of the pursuit, the motor home was being chased in Santa Clarita before returning to Hollywood. The suspect drove on surface streets before getting on the northbound 101 Freeway. He led deputies and LAPD officers over the 170 and 118 freeways before California Highway Patrol units took over the pursuit.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Charged With Murder In Suspected DUI Crash That Killed Father, 2 Children In South L.A.
A 30-year-old Los Angeles resident faces three counts of murder after he allegedly ran a red light in Vermont Knolls while driving under the influence and crashed into a minivan, leaving a man and his two young children dead, officials said Tuesday. Jose Manuel Garcia was also charged with three felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence within 10 years of another DUI and one felony count of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI in connection with the fiery crash, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release.

Reseda Man Arrested In Sherman Oaks After Allegedly Exposing Himself With Children Nearby
A 61-year-old man allegedly seen masturbating in a van with children nearby was arrested last Wednesday near the Sherman Oaks-Studio City border. Kent Bradley Swift of Reseda was arrested at around 11:30 a.m. near Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Ventura Boulevard on April 25, according to Capt. Lillian Carranza of the LAPD's Van Nuys Division. Carranza said “an alert citizen” called after seeing a man sitting in a vehicle while watching children and masturbating. Police arrived and arrested Swift without incident. He was booked on suspicion of indecent exposure. According to the California sex-offender registry, Swift spent more than two decades in prison after he was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 1996. He was released last year.
Los Angeles Daily News

Hyde Park Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For 1999 Slayings Of 4 Family Members
A man convicted of killing his father, stepmother and two half-brothers in their Hyde Park home, when he was a teenager, and trying to make the 1999 shootings look like a murder-suicide was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy — who criticized the Los Angeles Police Department for its initial investigation into the killings — noted that Saulo Cesar Alvarado, now 35, will be entitled to a hearing in 25 years to determine whether he should be released on parole given that he was a juvenile at the time of the shootings.
Los Angeles Daily News

County Leaders Approve New Watchdog For Probation Department
L.A. County's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to establish an independent, civilian commission to oversee its troubled Probation Department, which over the years has been the subject of countless audits, federal consent decrees, grand jury reports and lawsuits. The watchdog body — which will be modeled in large part after the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission — will replace the Probation Commission. That advisory body reports to the head of the department, has no investigative authority and is limited to overseeing juvenile services.
Los Angeles Times

Sheriff's Deputy Is Hospitalized After Accidentally Shooting Himself
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was hospitalized Tuesday after unintentionally shooting himself at the Compton sheriff's station, authorities said. The deputy, who was not named, was stable and undergoing treatment at a hospital, the Sheriff's Department said on Twitter. The shooting occurred about 1:40 p.m. The Sheriff's Department did not have details about the circumstances. "We don't believe anyone else was involved," said Deputy Juanita Navarro. "We're just happy that he's OK." 
Los Angeles Times

Bullets Pierced A Police Car Door During A Shootout. Now Officers May Get Better Protection
After being chased by patrol cars, double homicide suspect Eric Arnold stopped his truck, opened his door and fired his handgun in quick succession at the officers behind him last September. Photos released that day showed two bullet holes piercing a patrol vehicle's driver side door, missing the Sacramento Police Department emblem. A third bullet hole entered through the car's front window. Two officers were sent to the hospital after being struck by gunfire. The incident has spurred the Sacramento Police Department to move forward with a plan to equip all patrol vehicles with ballistic door panels to increase officer safety during high-risk stops, a city staff report shows.
Sacramento Bee

US Border Agency Tests Body Cam Use By Agents In 9 Locations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday began testing the use of body cameras by its employees at nine locations, potentially leading to a broad rollout by the nation's largest law enforcement agency that would make it the first federal agency to use the devices on a large scale. Customs and Border Protection previously concluded in 2015 after a yearlong study that body cameras were not yet suitable for widespread use due to cost, technological challenges and the need for labor union approval. However, it said the cameras had potential in limited circumstances.
Union Democrat

Local Government News

$20M Would Barely Cover Emergency Shelters For Skid Row Homeless, LA Councilman Says
One of the key new initiatives Mayor Eric Garcetti put forward in his recent State of the City address and proposed 2018-19 budget was $20 million for emergency shelters for the homeless, but a Los Angeles city councilman who represents the Skid Row area said Tuesday that the amount falls short of what is needed. Councilman Jose Huizar said his office has estimated that $20 million would be needed just to build enough emergency shelters to house the people of Skid Row, where an estimated 2,000 people sleep on the street each night.
Los Angeles Daily News


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