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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Florida LEO Responding To Wreck Killed In Crash
A Florida law enforcement officer was killed in crash early Tuesday while responding to a call about a wreck. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office LEO identified as Lance Whitaker, responded to a wreck after a vehicle reportedly ran off the road, WJXT-TV reported. He later crashed his patrol car down an embankment on a highway, according to the Florida Times-Union. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Whitaker was a 17-year veteran of the agency. Sheriff Mike Williams said the rainy weather may have been a factor, but the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Ohio Sheriff's Deputy Wounded In Shootout Recovering
The first 911 calls started coming in just about 6:25 p.m. Saturday, with people telling dispatchers at both the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County sheriff's office about the erratic driver in the Ford-F250 pickup who was wreaking havoc on the city's West Side. The truck, callers said, had hit a vehicle in the area of Bohnburg Avenue and Big Run Bluffs Boulevard and took off. The driver was running red lights, weaving and speeding, and maybe had even hit a house.
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Son Of Slain Indiana Officer Gets Police Escort To School
The 5-year-old son of an Indiana officer killed in the line of duty was given a special welcome back at school thanks to several law enforcement officers. WNDU reported that Dakota Pitts, son of slain Terre Haute Officer Rob Pitts, returned to school Monday for the first time since his father's death. Dakota told his mom that he didn't want to show up on his first day alone and asked for a police escort. But the young boy didn't expect so many officers to appear when he arrived to school. About 70 Terre Haute officers and Vigo County Sheriff's Deputies welcomed Dakota back to school, according to WTHI.

LAPD Officer Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Girl
A Los Angeles police officer has been accused of assaulting another officer's 13-year-old daughter in her bedroom while staying in their home, officials said. Kenneth Louis Collard, 51, was charged with three counts of committing a lewd act upon a child and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Protective League board of directors said it was "sickened by the repugnant" allegations. "If they are true he should be prosecuted as forcefully as possible," the board said. "As police officers, we are sworn to protect the innocent, not to exploit them. There is absolutely no room in law enforcement or society for anyone who commits such acts, especially on a child."
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Searching For Suspect In Deadly El Sereno Shooting
Detectives in Los Angeles asked the public for help in identifying whoever pulled the trigger in a shooting in El Sereno on Mother's Day that left a man dead. Investigators said Tuesday that officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck station found the man in the 5300 block of East Huntington Drive North near the intersection of Stillwell Avenue. The officers were called to the area at around 5:20 p.m. after someone reported a gunshot victim.
Los Angeles Daily News

Venice Boardwalk Hit-and-Run Suspects Seen Spraying Graffiti Before Running Down Homeless Man
Two men wanted in connection with the hit-and-run death of a homeless man as he slept near the Venice Boardwalk were seen on security video applying graffiti to a building before running down the victim, and detectives sought public help Tuesday to identify the men or the graffiti. The victim, 35-year-old Eddie Davis, was struck about 1:30 a.m. April 19 at Wave Crest Avenue and Speedway by a hit-and-run motorist in an SUV, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Two men were being sought in connection with the hit-and-run, and police released security video showing the suspects' vehicle shortly after the death.
Los Angeles Daily News

Hollywood 7-Eleven Security Guard Shoots Man After Dispute
Authorities said an intoxicated security guard for a 7-Eleven store in Hollywood shot another man following a dispute early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred at about 1:30 a.m. outside a 7-Eleven in the 1800 block of Cahuenga Boulevard. According to Los Angeles police, the two men got into an argument that became physical. The security guard then pulled out his gun and shot the man in the knee. The victim was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Canoga Park Standoff Ends Peacefully 11 Hours After Woman Climbs Tree At Rec Center
More than 11 hours after a woman climbed a tree and prompted a standoff with emergency responders at Lanark Recreation Center in Canoga Park, she came down safely Tuesday morning and was evaluated by paramedics. The incident began shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday at the park in the 21800 block of W. Lanark Street, where a witness reported seeing the unidentified woman smoking narcotics before she ascended the 30-foot tree, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Following Golden State Killer Suspect's Arrest, California Lawmakers Want Rape Kits Tested More Quickly
Less than a month after police arrested a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer one of California's most prolific serial rapists state lawmakers in Sacramento on Tuesday said they want to ensure all sexual assault kits are counted and swiftly tested. Under a bill by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), law enforcement agencies would have to submit rape kits to crime labs within 20 days of their collection, and labs would have no more than 120 days to test them. Another bill by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would require a statewide audit of all untested exams. Funding has been a major hurdle for similar proposals in the past.

Local Government News

Emergency Shelters Get A Boost As L.A. County Increases Homelessness Spending By $143 Million
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase spending to address homelessness by $143 million in 2018-19 the second year of money flowing from the Measure H sales tax increase that voters approved last year. The new budget calls for $402 million in spending on programs that include homelessness prevention, rent subsidies, outreach, preservation of affordable housing, employment services and shelters. Most of the increase was anticipated last year when the supervisors adopted a tentative three-year budget that assumed less would be spent in the first two years as new programs got up to speed.
Los Angeles Times

Developers to Pay Fee Over Replacing Trees Under New L.A. City Council Plan
A new system that would require developers to pay a fee rather than physically replacing trees disrupted by construction was tentatively approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. The in-lieu fee would allow the city to collect money to go toward future plantings rather than store physical trees in a nursery, where staff say they often die before being planted. The ordinance was approved 13-1 on first reading, but will need to be voted on again in a week. Under city law, proposed ordinances require a second vote unless they are unanimously approved by at least 12 members.


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