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June 6, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Garcetti and new LAPD chief pick make first community appearance in Echo Park
After decades in the Los Angeles Police Department's top echelons, Michel Moore knows the agency better than almost anyone. Still, on Tuesday, a day after Mayor Eric Garcetti tapped him to be the next police chief, Moore said he will listen to rank-and-file officers, command staff, community leaders and other Angelenos before fleshing out a game plan that reflects their ideas for policing a city with such disparate landscapes, lifestyles and languages. “The engagement of police with our communities is a continued reform, instead of looking at enforcement, enforcement, enforcement,” Moore said in an interview with The Times Tuesday morning.
Los Angeles Times

Fatal shootings by LAPD down but less lethal use of force is up, report says
Despite adopting new policies to reduce police shootings, use of deadly force by Los Angeles police increased slightly in 2017 from the previous year, but the number of fatal shootings continued a downward trend, according to a report released Tuesday. The number of shootings by LAPD officers increased to 44 from 40 in 2016, according to the report presented to the Police Commission. “It shows we're in the right direction,” said the commission's president, Steve Soboroff. “Community policing is demanding more in 2018, 2019 than it ever has.” The number of incidents in which less-lethal force was used by LAPD officers was up 10% last year compared with 2016. Incidents in which a bean bag gun was used were up 31%, according to the report. 
Los Angeles Times

LAPD: Reports of active shooter at Chatsworth Charter High School unfounded
Los Angeles police officials say reports of an active shooter at Chatsworth Charter High School Tuesday morning are unfounded. Police searched the campus after a threat was received, and said they found “no evidence of a credible threat.” Authorities went to the school at 10027 Lurline Ave. after the threat was received by phone about 10:15 a.m., and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. Sgt. Julie Spry, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles School Police Department, said a police report was taken, but no arrests were made. The investigation is ongoing.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Girl Fatally Struck by Vehicle Near School in Hyde Park; 2 Other Students Injured: LAPD
A car crash left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other minors injured near a school in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles, officials announced on Tuesday. The victims were standing on a sidewalk near Eighth and Florence avenues when a vehicle hit them following a collision with another car on Monday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The deceased victim—identified by family members as Gabby Leyva—attended the nearby Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin Academy, a statement from Alliance College-Ready Public Schools said. The incident happened after school dismissal, according to the charter school organization. LAPD received a call about the crash around 3:45 p.m.

Neighborhood lockdown lifted after police find pursuit suspect
An hours-long lockdown was lifted Tuesday in Reseda after police finally found a stolen car pursuit suspect. Los Angeles Police officers searched streets and alleys around the intersection of Sherman Way and Corbin Avenue. Four schools are located in the area.
Fox 11

Birmingham mayor selects Patrick Smith as new police chief
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has chosen Tuscaloosa native Patrick Smith as the new chief of police for the city. The announcement was made Monday afternoon. Smith comes to Birmingham from the Los Angeles Police Department where he has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He started working for the LAPD in 1990 as an officer and was promoted in 2007 to Lieutenant. In 2010, he was promoted to Captain and in 2015, Commander of the Police Sciences and Training Bureau. Smith is a Tuscaloosa native and Alabama fan who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982 to 1989.

Naloxone recalled due to particulate matter
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Hospira has recalled its opioid overdose antidote. The FDA said on Monday that the Naloxone recall was prompted by the potential for “loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger,” which could result in a range of adverse effects. "In the event that impacted product is administered to a patient, the patient has a low likelihood of experiencing adverse events ranging from local irritation, allergic reactions, phlebitis, end-organ granuloma, tissue ischemia, pulmonary emboli, pulmonary dysfunction, pulmonary infarction, and toxicity,” the FDA said.
Police One

Fake cops responded to 911 calls fooling police for years
A group of wannabe cops has been fooling police, firefighters and the public for years across Genesee County, according to law enforcement officials.  Now they are facing felony charges. The group is accused of conducting false arrests of individuals they accused of committing crimes and even tricking real emergency responders at crime scenes. "We believe that on some occasions, they were the first to show up on crime scenes," said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. "On some occasions, the real police would ask them to perform tasks at the scene, not realizing they were imposters." 
Michigan Live

Study: Drone use in public safety greatly increasing
A recent study found that the use of drones in the public safety sector has greatly increased. According to a study by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, at least 910 public safety agencies including fire, police and EMS departments are now using drones. They also found that the number of agencies using drones has increased by around 82 percent in the last year alone, and that there are twice as many agencies that own drones as there are that own manned aircrafts.
Police One

Slain Tennessee deputy remembered as family man, friend
A Tennessee sheriff's sergeant fatally shot while responding to a call was remembered Tuesday in a ceremony that offered some closure after a 48-hour manhunt for the suspect charged with pulling the trigger. Relatives and fellow officers remembered Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker as an admired officer and devoted friend, father and husband during a service held in the First Baptist Church in Dickson. Authorities say the 32-year-old Baker was found dead in his patrol car Wednesday after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. He's survived by his wife and daughter. In a letter read at the funeral, Baker's mother, Veronica Bryan, called him a soul who brought joy and fulfillment to many, and whose legacy will live on forever.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Metro begins feasibility study, presentations on a train through the Sepulveda Pass connecting West LA with the San Fernando Valley
Mention the 405 Freeway to commuters and you are bombarded with horror stories of bumper-to-bumper traffic and soul-stealing commutes. Add the interchange with the infamous 101 Freeway, and visions of Carmaggedon — even without the lane closures — appear as real-life nightmares. Starting Thursday, Metro's senior director of planning will offer some hope to commuters as well as neighbors of the Westside and the San Fernando Valley whose lungs are subjected to freeway fumes from the idling cars and trucks on the jammed routes. At upcoming meetings, he'll talk about building a 10-mile train connecting Westwood with Sherman Oaks over the Sepulveda Pass.
Los Angeles Daily News

Victims of Man Who Drove Onto Venice Boardwalk Receive $14 Million From L.A.
Victims who were injured and the father of a woman who was killed when a Colorado man drove his car along the crowded Venice boardwalk will receive a total of $14 million in legal settlements related to three separate lawsuits approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Nathan Louis Campbell, who is serving a 42-years-to-life state prison term, was found guilty in June 2015 of second-degree murder for the Aug. 3, 2013, death of 32-year-old Alice Gruppioni — who was killed while on her honeymoon — along with 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 10 counts of leaving the scene of an accident.


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