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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Shooting Of ATF Agent Arrested, Charged
A purported street-gang member charged in the shooting of an ATF agent in Chicago had opened fire as authorities conducted a middle-of-the-night "covert" operation to fit a tracking device on a vehicle, according to charging documents made public Tuesday. Ernesto "Ernie" Godinez, a 27-year-old who is listed by police as a gang member, is charged with forcible assault of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in the unsealed complaint.
Associated Press

As Search For New LAPD Chief Gets Down To 3 Finalists, Police Union Says They Need Someone Who Will Address Morale
The race to replace Chief Charlie Beck as head of the country's third largest police department has come down to three people, but whoever gets the post has a lot of work ahead of them. The Los Angeles police commission has pared down its list of nominees to three: Robert Arcos, Michel Moore and Bill Scott. It now becomes Mayor Eric Garcetti's decision, and the union representing L.A. cops said morale has to be one of the new chief's top priorities. “Morale is a huge issue throughout the country,” said Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the L.A. Police Protective League. “There has been increased scrutiny on what police officers do. Nine times out of 10, we do the right thing. Sometimes mistakes are made, but when […] mistakes are made, we expect a chief to be fair with discipline.”

2 Women Arrested After Ash-Like Substance Thrown At LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
Two women were arrested Tuesday at the Los Angeles Police Commission meeting after ashes or an ash-like substance were thrown on Police Chief Charlie Beck. Newly released video from the commission meeting shows a woman being asked to leave after disrupting the commission meeting. As she walks out, she approaches the commissioners' dais and throws something down on the desk in front of Beck. Ashes or powder float upward from the desk in the direction of Beck's face.

Police Commission, Charlie Beck at Odds Over LAPD's 2017 Chopper Response
It was a first for the Los Angeles Police Department: A helicopter was dispatched to where a 29-year-old man was barricaded inside a home on the top of a hill, surrounded by brush and debris. During the hours-long standoff, the man fired at SWAT officers and they fired back from the helicopter, striking Anthony Soderberg. He died at the scene. This week, an oversight panel determined in closed session that 12 officers violated department rules on lethal force in the incident. The police union that represents rank-and-file officers said in a statement that it is "extremely disappointed with the commission's decision" and that the officers involved should be getting a "thank you" instead of a rebuke. "This armed suspect fired his weapon at LAPD officers, he fired at an LAPD helicopter with officers on board, putting all of their lives, and anyone on the ground at risk if his shots struck the pilot or damaged the aircraft," according to the statement. "Our officers operated with full authorization from command staff to try and contain this incident and only used appropriate force to protect their own lives and the lives of civilians on the ground."
Los Angeles Times,

Police Seek Information About Man's Shooting Death In Highland Park
A man who was fatally shot in Highland Park was identified Tuesday, but a motive remained unclear. Alfred Raymond Montes, 43, died at the scene of the shooting, which was reported about 5:10 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of North Avenue 52, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers called to the location to investigate a report of shots fired were met by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel who were treating Montes, to no avail, police said. “The investigation has shown the victim was walking on the north side of North Avenue 52 when was struck by gunfire,” according to an LAPD statement. A light-colored sedan was seen traveling east on the avenue, police said.

New Video Shows Suspects Wanted In Deadly Shooting Of Father In Leimert Park
Authorities released surveillance video Tuesday of at least two suspects wanted in the shooting death of a father last September in Leimert Park. At about 2 a.m. on Sept. 12, Philip Osby was shot to death in an alley off the 2700 block of Vernon Avenue. According to Los Angeles police, Osby's 2016 Hyundai Accent was stolen by the suspects following the shooting. It was located about two months later. “After he was killed, his vehicle was taken by the suspects, and remained at large, if you will, for approximately two months,” LAPD Sgt. Paul Funicello said at a Tuesday morning news conference, standing alongside Osby's wife and daughters.

Armed Man Who Barricaded Himself In South L.A. Apartment Is Taken Into Custody: LAPD
An armed man who barricaded himself inside a South Los Angeles apartment complex Tuesday morning has been taken into custody following an hours-long standoff, police said. Police responded to a report of a man with a gun who fired a shot into the air about 2:35 a.m. in the 1100 block of West 42nd Street. The man went back inside the home and has not come out, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The home and surrounding residences were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Man Missing After Racially-Charged Rant, Assault At DTLA 7-Eleven
A man is missing after attempting to stand up for a 7-Eleven worker, and the family of the missing man believes that incident may have led to be his disappearance. The racially-charged incident occurred at the 7-Eleven on the corner of 7th Street and Olive Street during the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1st, after a MayDay march for immigrant rights. It came to light after a store patron posted the cellphone video she recorded on Facebook.

LAPD Investigating Disappearance Of Iron Man Suit Used In Marvel's 'Avengers' Films
Tony Stark may have to file a police report. Los Angeles police are investigating the disappearance of the original Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. from a Pacoima warehouse, officials said Wednesday morning. The costume, valued at $325,000, vanished from a prop storage warehouse in the 13000 block of Weidner Street sometime between February and late April, according to Officer Christopher No, an LAPD spokesman. The famous red and gold suit, which first flashed across movie screens in the 2008 "Iron Man" film that kick-started Marvel Studio's movie empire, was reported missing Tuesday, No said.
Los Angeles Times

Gang Members Plead Guilty In Firebombing Of Black Families In East LA
Two gang members have pleaded guilty to federal charges for firebombing the homes of black residents in an effort to force them out of an East Los Angeles housing complex. City News Service says Edwin Felix and Jonathan Portillo entered pleas Monday to civil rights and racketeering charges. A third man is expected to plead guilty later this month. Each could face 30 years in federal prison. Prosecutors say they were among eight members of a Latino gang that threw Molotov cocktails into four apartments at the Ramona Gardens housing complex in 2014.

California Justice Calls For New Rules On Eyewitness Identification In Court
A California Supreme Court justice, dissenting Monday in a death penalty decision, called for new rules to curb inaccurate eyewitness identification, a leading cause of wrongful convictions. The dissent came in a case in which the court decided 5 to 2 to uphold the death sentence of Ennis Reed, convicted of killing two people in Compton. Justice Goodwin Liu wrote the dissent, calling on the courts to better police eyewitness testimony.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. Lawmakers Reject Warehouse Agreement Over Worker Concerns
The Los Angeles City Council rejected a proposed agreement Tuesday for a logistics company to continue using a warehouse near the Port of Los Angeles, saying that space should not be provided to a firm accused of flouting labor laws. The unanimous vote sends the decision back to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which had backed the one-year agreement with California Cartage Co. LLC to continue operating the roughly 600,000-square-foot space in Wilmington. Councilman Joe Buscaino argued that the city should not extend the agreement while the company faced accusations of exploiting workers.
Los Angeles Times


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