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Police Protective League
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from LA Police Protective League

June 5, 2018

Law Enforcement News

L.A. mayor's pick for LAPD chief is 36-year veteran with deep mastery of crime statistics
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday that he had chosen Michel Moore, a 36-year LAPD veteran known for his mastery of subjects including crime statistics and budgets, to be the city's next police chief. At an afternoon news conference, Garcetti described Moore as “one of, if not the most, qualified law enforcement professionals in America, acknowledged by everyone for his exceptional intelligence.” In a statement, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents sworn officers, congratulated Moore and pledged to work closely with him to improve morale among the rank and file. “We are hopeful that if Chief Moore is appointed, he will take immediate action to address low officer morale stemming from our critically low police staffing and that he will be absolutely committed to collaborating on new ideas to reduce violent crime and prepare our city for the 2028 Olympics,” the statement said. “These are huge issues to tackle, but we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work with Chief Moore to move our Department forward and improve public safety in Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles Times

Press Enterprise

LA man shot, killed by 2 gunmen in Arleta identified
A man who was shot and killed by two gunmen early Sunday morning in the Arleta area was identified by authorities Monday morning. The shooting occurred about 1:50 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a business near Osborne Street and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, said Norma Eisenman of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. That location is just east of the Golden State 5 Freeway interchange with Osborne Street, in the eastern San Fernando Valley. The shooting victim — later identified as Daniel Sandoval, 38, of Los Angeles — was standing at a street corner when the gunmen walked up and fired the fatal shots, Eisenman said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Vigil Held For Man Shot And Killed By Cousin At Pizza Place
An emotional vigil tonight for a man who was gunned down at his favorite pizza shop. Killed, his family said, by his own cousin. No one in Mark Corona's family seemed surprised by the number of people who came out to remember the 35-year-old. “He had a passion for everybody. He treated everybody like he was his family. And he truly impacted this world,” said brother Chris Arredondo. Sunday afternoon, Corona was going to Stadium Pizza, one of his favorite hangouts, when detectives say his cousin Paul Stoeppler shot and killed him in the parking lot.

Illegal pot dispensaries brazenly operating in East LA; unlicensed, no taxes, no regulations
It's been five months since the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in California, but an undercover FOX 11 investigation found that an alarming number of illegal dispensaries continue to operate without consequence. Many of them are located in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, where marijuana dispensaries are banned and there are no licenses. These illegal dispensaries are unregulated, untested, they don't pay taxes on the marijuana they sell, and their product can potentially be full of pesticides, mold, and fungus. FOX 11 went undercover to 25Cap, one of many illegal cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated LA county. It's located at 4728 Whittier Blvd. in east Los Angeles.
Fox 11

Sheriff's Deputy Saves Inmate Choking on Food at Castaic Jail
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was being hailed as a hero after helping an inmate who was choking at a jail in Castaic on Saturday evening. At approximately 6:22 p.m., deputies at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention-South Facility noticed an inmate appeared to be choking in the dining room, according to a news release. Deputy Carlos Escamilla saw the 36-year-old inmate was having breathing problems and was turning purple, the statement read. Escamilla performed the Heimlich maneuver, and after six to seven forcible thrusts, the inmate dislodged a piece of food and started breathing on his own, sheriff's officials stated.

Woman Files Lawsuit Alleging Uber Driver Drove Her to Motel, Raped Her
Uber and a former driver for the ride-hailing company are being sued by a passenger who alleges the driver took her unconscious to a North Hollywood motel in 2017 and raped her. The plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed against Uber Technologies Inc. and Alaric Spence, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment, battery, civil rights violations and intentional infliction of emotional. "Plaintiff joins ... hundreds of other female victims who had been sexually assaulted by Uber drivers -- possibly thousands -- around the world,'' the suit alleges.

Central Valley Man, a Former Marine, Pleads Guilty to Plotting Christmas Terror Attack on San Francisco's Pier 39 on Behalf of ISIS: DOJ
A 26-year-old California man pleaded guilty on Monday to attempting to carry out a terror attack on behalf of the Islamic State last Christmas Day at San Francisco's crowded Pier 39, federal prosecutors said. The bombing plot was thwarted as Modesto resident Everitt Aaron Jameson communicated his plans to an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a senior leader of the militant extremist organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. Jameson initially drew investigators' attention last September after he began expressing support for the terrorist group online, where he told a confidential source he was wholeheartedly committed to “the cause,” prosecutors said.

California considers taking custody of some street people
In 1967 Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, signed into law the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, an ambitious reform of the state's mental-health laws. It was part of a wave of changes that closed asylums in the state and around the country. Half a century later, the state legislature is reviewing those decisions. In February Scott Wiener, a state senator who represents San Francisco, introduced Senate Bill 1045. The bill aims to make it easier for his home city, as well as Los Angeles, to oblige chronically homeless people who suffer from mental illness or addiction to accept the appointment by a judge of a person or institution to look after them (a concept called “conservatorship”). London Breed, who is running for mayor of San Francisco, has backed the proposal.
The Economist

Indiana police officers support daughter of fallen trooper at graduation more than 10 years after his death
Police officers from several Indiana police departments attended a high school graduation Saturday for the daughter of a fallen trooper more than a decade after he was killed in the line of duty. Lauren Rich had 39 police officers from six police departments in Indiana at her Southwood Junior-Senior High School graduation on Saturday. Sgt. Tony Slocum, public information officer for Indiana State police, said Lauren's father, Master Trooper Detective Dave Rich, was shot and killed in 2007. “Congrats Lauren, we promise we will never forget your families sacrifice,” Slocum tweeted along with a photo of Lauren and the 39 police officers.
Fox News

'He's going for my gun': Utah truck driver stops man wrestling Wyoming trooper
Darren Phillips could write a book about driving trucks. “You see a lot of crazy things when you're driving,” he said with a laugh. “Mainly a lot of crazy drivers cutting us off or on their phones.” For the most part, his route from Salt Lake City to Wyoming and back is uneventful, until Thursday morning. Phillips, who lives in Taylorsville, was driving east on I-80 near Green River when he came over a small hill and saw a Wyoming State Trooper and Dustin Roberts, 36, of McKinleyville, Calif., who the trooper had pulled over. He'll never forget what he saw as he got closer. “I could see the two of them wrestling around and fighting and there was nobody else around,” said Phillips. Right away, he knew he had to help. So, he stopped his 18-wheeler in the passing lane next to where the trooper's car was parked.

Rock Hill man tried Facebook Live suicide.
A 'remarkable' effort by police saved him Rock Hill Rock Hill police officers are being credited with life-saving actions after they stopped a man who planned to commit suicide on Facebook Live. The man, who was not identified by police, was taken into custody before midnight Wednesday and taken to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment. The man was on Facebook Live, a platform of the popular social media site, "attempting to post his suicide by hanging himself" when Facebook contacted police, officers said.
The Herald

Local Government News

La Guatemalan Community Seeks Help For Volcano Victims
In Guatemala the death toll has reached 69 after the horrific eruption of the Fuego volcano. Tonight soldiers are helping emergency crews search for people who are missing.CBSLA's Rachel Kim is at the Guatemalan Consulate in Elysian Valley tonight where they are trying to figure out how to help out the victims. The Guatemalan community is getting together at the consulate's office to figure out the best way they can to help those in their native country.


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