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LA Police Protective League


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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

June 21, 2018

Law Enforcement News

In A First, LAPD Voluntarily Releases Body Camera Video Of A Suspect Who Died In Custody
The Los Angeles Police Department, roiled more than two decades ago by an infamous video of police brutality, entered a new era Wednesday, publicly releasing police body camera video in what will be a regular process aimed at increasing transparency when officers use force. The department's hope is to provide the public with a clearer view of the chaotic scenarios and split-second decisions officers face at a time when controversial officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and across the country have eroded trust between police and the communities they protect. Opponents of the policy — which included Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and the Los Angeles Police Protective League, had worried the release of videos in controversial incidents could further inflame tensions between the LAPD and residents or endanger future investigations. On Wednesday, the Police Protective League said it was hopeful the video could serve as an educational tool for residents who sometimes misunderstand the nature of police altercations. “While we still maintain our concerns relative to releasing video evidence before all investigations are completed, the release of video with the appropriate context will be helpful to the public to better understand the dangerous incidents officers must respond to,” the union said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

Outgoing LAPD Chief Beck Honored By City Council
Outgoing Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck was honored by the City Council Wednesday one week before he is set to step down, and was praised as a leader who helped soften the department's image in minority communities while making key reductions in homicides. Beck announced in January that he will retire June 27. Mayor Eric Garcetti has picked LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore to be his successor, although Moore still needs to be approved by the City Council. 

LAPD Seeks Suspects In Brazen Sherman Oaks Home Burglary Series
Authorities are hoping to identify three men caught on home surveillance cameras as they break into homes in Sherman Oaks. The same suspects have hit at least 10 homes, and each time they wait for residents to leave before breaking in, according to Los Angeles police. Even if an alarm goes off or they are confronted by a resident, they manage to make off with valuable loot and escape in a waiting getaway car, investigators said. The first incident was reported May 18 in the 5200 block of Bellaire Avenue and has continued through the first half of June.

Man Suspected Of Stabbing Woman Shot By Police In Porter Ranch
An upscale, gated community in Porter Ranch was rattled Thursday by a stabbing and officer-involved shooting. Officers were sent out to a home in the 20000 block of Sardinia Avenue at about 11 p.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of domestic violence and found a woman lying outside with stab wounds and a man coming out of the residence with a knife. The officers ordered the man to drop the weapon and made attempts to forcibly subdue him, including using a bean bag gun and a Taser, before firing their weapons at him. “Officers gave numerous commends for him to drop the knife, however, he failed to comply,” LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said.

South LA Pursuit Ends In Smoky Wreck On 110 Freeway
A pursuit with a possible DUI suspect ended when the suspect collided into the back of a pickup truck on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles Wednesday morning. The pursuit with Los Angeles police began sometime before 7:15 a.m. near South Western and West Manchester avenues. It ended at around 7:25 a.m. on the southbound 110 Freeway at Florence Avenue when the suspect's white sedan lost control and skidded into the side of a pickup truck, sending white smoke billowing into the air. Video from the Sky2 chopper showed the car careening into a slide as it came to a halt.

East LA Driver Arrested For 1,000 Pounds Of Fireworks In Trunk
A driver is in custody after authorities discovered more than 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks inside a vehicle on the 10 Freeway near City Terrace Tuesday morning. California Highway Patrol and L.A. County Fire responded to a car parked on the right shoulder of the westbound 10 Freeway at Campus road, per fire officials. The driver was arrested for fireworks possession before fire officials transported the seized cache.

Man Found Guilty In Gruesome 2016 Murder Of Model In West Hollywood
A Canadian-born graphic novelist has been found guilty of multiple felonies in the 2016 torture-murder and blood-draining of his fiancee. Blake Leibel has been convicted of killing Iana Kasian at the couple's West Hollywood apartment. The prosecution said his book "Syndrome," featuring a baby with its skull partially removed, became the blueprint for what he would do to his fiancee. Investigators said the model and mother of an infant had been found in her bed, apparently suffering from blunt force trauma to the head.

Stockpile Of 553 Guns Found At Agua Dulce Home Hidden Among Cardboard Boxes, Other Refuse In ‘Hoarded' Situation
A team of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators sifted through pack rat conditions for hours over two days in the Agua Dulce home where they eventually found 553 firearms believed to be illegally possessed by the felon living there, officials said Wednesday. The search of the home in the 34700 block of Caprock Road, located in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County northeast of Santa Clarita, began June 14 after a tipster told deputies about the large cache of weapons being stockpiled by the man living there, 60-year-old Manuel Fernandez.
Los Angeles Daily News

Tennessee LEO Critically Injured After Being Struck By DUI Suspect
A Tennessee police officer is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. Police said Memphis Officer Jeffrey Creighton was struck by a truck during a traffic stop Monday night, WHBQ-TV reports. A spokesperson for the Memphis Police Department said the driver who struck the officer, Cleodis Davis, was drunk. "It's unfortunate, we have been talking about the hazard of drunk driving for decades now and it's beyond disappointing people are still doing that,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.

Local Government News

LA County Leaders Are Open To Marijuana Industry, But Slow And ‘Careful' To Remove Ban
The Board of Supervisors appears to be leaning toward allowing a wide range of marijuana businesses in unincorporated Los Angeles County. “I personally favor serious regulation over any ban in the unincorporated area of the county,” Board Chair Sheila Kuehl said Wednesday. However, the board this week opted to leave a full ban on the cannabis industry in effect, with nothing expected to change for at least several months. “Los Angeles County has been thoughtful in its approach and we will continue our careful analysis,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Wanna Tax Pot Sales In LA? You May Get To Vote
A Los Angeles City Council committee Wednesday approved language for a potential ballot measure that would create special cannabis sales taxes and fees to create a neighborhood health fund with the goal of revitalizing communities damaged by the war on drugs. The Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee also subsequently approved a temporary lowering of the gross tax sales receipts on marijuana businesses for several years as a way to soften the blow the potential levies would have.


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