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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

June 28, 2018

Law Enforcement News

After Losing His Leg In Crash, LAPD Officer Returns To Work With Prosthetic
The Los Angeles Police Department welcomed back rookie officer Nick Wiltz at the Wilshire division. He took part in roll call, a routine way for any officer to start their shift. But for Wiltz, hearing his name called was anything but routine. "Feels good to have the culminating climax of all we've been working towards and all I've been working towards personally," said Officer Wiltz. Wiltz is back in uniform and back to full duty after he nearly lost his life two years ago. In August 2015, just a few months into his new job with the department, he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle in Fullerton.

Michel Moore Sworn In As LAPD's 57th Police
Chief Michel Moore, who has held a variety of high-level positions during his nearly four-decade tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department, was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the agency's 57th chief. The council voted unanimously to confirm Moore, 57, to lead an organization of roughly 13,000 employees, more than 10,000 of whom are sworn officers, in the nation's second-largest city. Moore is succeeding Charlie Beck, who he described “as a mentor, friend and leader who has changed forever the course of the Los Angeles Police Department.” He will be taking up the baton as the organization faces strained resources and is in need of an upgrade to its technological systems.
Los Angeles Daily News

Chief Charlie Beck Says Goodbye To The LAPD
On Wednesday morning, Charlie Beck handed his chief's badge and four-star pin to his successor, Michel Moore. He returned his gun, which he had inherited from a police officer who was killed in Afghanistan, to the officer's Los Angeles Police Department colleagues. Beck then strode out of LAPD headquarters, greeted by rows of officers, including mounted patrols, who snapped to attention and saluted. After shaking hands with Moore and his predecessor, former chief William J. Bratton, Beck climbed into a vintage black Pontiac GTO with the license plate “6T4 GTO,” gunned the engine and drove off to his farewell party at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park.
Los Angeles Times

Man, 77, Charged With Capital Murder In Fatal Shooting Of Long Beach Fire Captain
The 77-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Long Beach Fire Department captain has been charged with capital murder, as new details emerge about the reason for the crime. Thomas Man Kim was charged on Wednesday with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder of a firefighter, two counts of attempted murder and one count each of arson of an inhabited structure and explosion with intent to murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Suspect With Child Hostage Surrenders After Hourslong Standoffs In Sylmar
An assault with a deadly weapon suspect sought by police surrendered Tuesday night after a more than nine-hour barricade in a home in Sylmar with a child, according to a report from the scene. The man was taken into custody around 11:15 p.m. and the child appeared to be unharmed, NBC4 reported. Gang and narcotics investigators went to a home in the area of Polk Street and Borden Avenue about 2 p.m. to serve an arrest warrant, but the man was not immediately taken into custody, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

LAPD: Good Samaritan Stops Attempted Kidnapping Of Teen In Woodland Hills Area
A 24-year-old man who allegedly grabbed a 17-year-old girl on her way to school Wednesday in the Woodland Hills area was arrested with help of a motorist who came to the girl's aid. The teen had exited a bus on Ventura Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue on her way to school when a man she had seen on the bus grabbed her from behind, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “A struggle ensued between the victim and suspect,” according to a police statement. A female driving to work saw the struggle, stopped and called out to the suspect, who was later identified as Jacob Marshall, the LAPD reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Standing On 110 Freeway Sign Snarls Traffic In Downtown Los Angeles
A man who climbed atop a freeway sign to hang banners from an overpass of the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, snarling traffic during Wednesday morning's rush-hour commute, has been taken into custody by police. Firefighters were sent to the area of the 110 Freeway and Beaudry Avenue after the man was spotted about 8:25 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. Giant air bags were deployed below the sign as a precaution.
FOX 11

Homeless Crime Intensifying In West Hollywood
For the past six months, a West Hollywood homeless encampment across the street from Poinsettia Park has grown so rapidly that disgruntled residents in the area are moving away. Some of the complaints have included loud voices at night and even armed fights between members of the homeless population. "I know where the drug dealers are, I know where they turn tricks at," an area resident named Dave said. "I see all of it and they're working together. It's sort of sweet in a disgusting-zombie-apocalyptic sort of way."

Missing Van In South LA Could Lead To Killer On The Run
Los Angeles Police Department South Bureau Homicide detectives released surveillance video Wednesday of a van they say could be the getaway ride for a killer. Just after midnight on Nov. 18, 2017, Gerald Hamilton, 45, was shot and killed while in his car outside his home on the 5400 block of 6th Avenue in Hyde Park. Police say neighbors heard the shots but no one called it in until Hamilton's wife found him slumped over the steering wheel at 4 a.m. "Someone just killed my husband!" Hamilton's wife screamed to a 911 operator. "No, Jesus! No!" Detective Clifton Rose is the lead detective on the case and says the van they've spotted in multiple surveillance videos is unique.

Uneasy California Lawmakers Set To OK Internet Privacy Bill
A bill to provide sweeping internet privacy protections for consumers is being rammed through the Legislature, with a vote scheduled for Thursday despite supporters' “grave concerns” about the measure. The bill would allow consumers to insist that companies not sell their personal information and require parents to give their approval before a company sells data about a minor, among other protections. AB375 was introduced Friday by legislators hoping to head off a ballot measure on internet privacy pushed by San Francisco housing developer Alastair Mactaggart.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

LA City Council Seeks New Ideas To Crack Down On Street Racing After San Fernando Valley ‘Street Takeovers'
Following reports of dangerous “street takeovers” in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council movedforward with a plan to re-evaluate the city's current laws and efforts to crack down on the illegal activity. Street racing is a decades-old problem in the Valley, but in recent years has evolved into what are commonly referred to as street takeovers, wherea large number of drivers close down a street or intersection while other motorists perform dangerous and reckless stunts, according to a motionintroduced by Councilman Mitchell Englander and approved by the council on a 13-0 vote.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Bank That Would Boost Pot Shops, Affordable Housing Could Go Before L.A. Voters This Fall
The Los Angeles City Council is preparing to ask voters if they want to create a publicly owned bank, something no city or state in the United States has done in nearly a century. Council members voted Tuesday to start the process of putting a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that would allow for the creation of such a bank by amending the city charter. The measure must receive final approval by July 3 in order to make the fall ballot. The move is an early step in council President Herb Wesson's plan to create a public bank, which he said could offer accounts to scores of city cannabis businesses that are shunned by commercial banks because of federal drug laws. It also could help finance affordable housing, he said.
Los Angeles Times


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