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from LA Police Protective League

May 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Death Penalty Sought Against Man In Dallas Officer's Slaying
The Dallas County district attorney is seeking the death penalty for the man accused of killing a Dallas police officer and wounding his partner and a Home Depot loss prevention officer.  Armando Luis Juarez, 30, was indicted on five felony charges in the April 24 shooting: one count of capital murder, one count of attempted capital murder, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant. 
Dallas Morning News

North Carolina Trooper Killed In Crash During Pursuit
A 24-year-old North Carolina state trooper died Monday night when his cruiser crashed into a bridge abutment on Interstate 77 while he and another trooper were chasing a car that had refused to stop at a checkpoint, the State Highway Patrol said. Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard had been with the highway patrol for three years, officials said. Bullard was assigned to Surry County, where the chase began. Bullard and Trooper P.E. Ellis were conducting a driver license checkpoint were conducting a drivers-license checkpoint about 10:45 p.m. on a Surry County road when a black BMW ran past them instead of stopping, highway patrol spokesman 1st Sgt. Michael Baker said.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Los Angeles Police Protective League Endorses Dante Acosta
Assemblyman Dante Acosta (AD-38) has been endorsed for his reelection to the State Assembly this week by the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL). "Dante Acosta has proven he is an effective advocate for public safety. He has already made our state a safer place and continues to fight on behalf of our community in Sacramento," President Craig Lally said. "We need Dante Acosta to continue his work to keep dangerous criminals behind bars, help fight recidivism, and stop the rise in violent crime, which is why the Los Angeles Police Protective League is proud to support his run for State Assembly."
SCV Beacon

Triple Homicide Investigation Underway After 2 Men, 1 Woman Found Dead At Leimert Park Home
A homicide investigation was underway after two men and a woman were found dead Tuesday evening at a home in Leimert Park, authorities said. An 8:20 p.m. call prompted officers to respond to a single-story house in the 3900 block of Bronson Avenue, where investigators determined that a homicide had occurred, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The caller was the son and grandson of the victims, whose bodies were found in the bathroom of the residence. An LAPD commander described their injuries as apparent blunt-force trauma.

Gardena Man Charged With Manslaughter In Alleged DUI Crash That Killed A Toddler In South L.A.
Charges were filed Tuesday against a Gardena man who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he drove an SUV onto a South Los Angeles sidewalk, fatally injuring a toddler who was walking with his mother. George Edward Milton Jr., 32, is set to be arraigned Wednesday at the Compton courthouse on one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Venice Beach Boardwalk Stabbing Leaves 2 Victims Hospitalized; Injured Suspect Apprehended
Two stabbing victims and a suspect were hospitalized late Monday evening after an argument on the Venice Beach boardwalk escalated into violence, authorities said. The confrontation was reported about 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ocean Front Walk and Ozone Avenue, a Los Angeles police spokesperson said. A bystander captured part of the altercation on video, which shows another witness yelling "Stop it! Stop!" Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived at the scene to find two stabbing victims on the ground.

About 300 People Contact USC About Campus Gynecologist Accused Of Misconduct; LAPD Begins Investigation
About 300 people have contacted the University of Southern California about a longtime campus gynecologist accused of misconduct as administrators Tuesday began sharing the names of former patients with Los Angeles police for a criminal investigation. The university declined to say how many of the 300 callers to a dedicated hotline for Dr. George Tyndall's patients were passed on with patients' consent to the LAPD, where sex crimes detectives in the Robbery-Homicide Division will take the lead.

LAPD: Man Who Posed As Immigration Lawyer Alleged To Have Demanded Sex For Legal Services
A man who posed as an immigration attorney and is alleged have demanded sex from at least one woman for his help was out on bail Tuesday, and police believe there might be many more victims. The Los Angeles Police Dept. said Jose Morales, 67, was arrested on April 26 after a woman reported he tried to convince her to have sex with him in exchange for a discount on legal services regarding her husband's immigration case. Morales worked out of an immigration law office on the 500 block of Alvarado Street in the MacArthur Park neighborhood.

LAPD Report Shows That Arrests Of Homeless People Are Up
A new Los Angeles Police Department report on homelessness and mental illness shows an uptick in arrests of homeless people for misdemeanors in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period of time last year. The report also showed a 14% increase in the number of homeless people who were victims of crimes. That all comes as the homeless population in L.A. continues to grow. 

East L.A. Women Hit With 21 Additional Felony Counts In Alleged Immigration Services Scam
A woman previously charged with running a fraudulent immigration services business out of her East Los Angeles home is facing new counts after additional 19 victims came forward, officials said Tuesday. Dalila Moreno, 63, has now been charged with a total of 38 felony counts in a case involving charges of grand theft and extortion that was originally filed on Oct. 30, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. More than 30 victims are involved, according to prosecutors. Those victims have told authorities that Moreno fictitiously represented herself as a government employee, saying she thus had special connections.

Prosecutors Oppose New DNA Tests In 35-Year-Old Case
California prosecutors on Monday opposed new DNA testing in an infamous 35-year-old murder case, saying previous tests showed the right man is on death row. San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos asked Gov. Jerry Brown to deny Kevin Cooper's clemency petition, though his attorney said he was framed by investigators. Cooper, 60, is awaiting execution for the 1983 Chino Hills hatchet and knife killings of four people. He escaped from a nearby prison east of Los Angeles two days before the slayings of Doug and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and 11-year-old neighbor Christopher Hughes.

What Will Jerry Brown's Departure Mean For Criminal Justice In California?
When Gov. Jerry Brown was sworn in seven years ago, he inherited a prison system that by most accounts was at a breaking point. Years of “tough on crime” laws had packed state lockups to the brim. Federal judges told California leaders they needed to reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates, or else the court would start releasing prisoners. So one of Brown's first big moves as governor was a proposal to massively change how the state dealt with nonviolent offenders: Assembly Bill 109 shifted their sentences from state prison to county jails, and let them report to county probation departments rather than state parole officers.

Local Government News

New Cannabis Legislation Could Update A Million Convictions
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back legislation that would automatically remove or reduce certain cannabis-related convictions. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis recommended support for AB 1793. The bill sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would shift the work of identifying cases eligible for dismissal or misdemeanor status to the Department of Justice, rather than individuals convicted.

Koreatown Parking-Lot Homeless Shelter Approved By LA Council Committee
A Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday approved a Koreatown parking lot as a potential site for a temporary homeless shelter during a raucous early morning meeting attended by hundreds of people who filled the council chamber to capacity. The Koreatown site is among at least two dozen locations that have been proposed as possible sites for temporary shelters as part of a new citywide program crafted by Mayor Eric Garcetti. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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