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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Release Of LAPD Video Gives Public View Of Dangerous Job
The public release of video capturing critical police incidents before the investigations are completed could have unintended consequences that slant what must be an impartial investigation. Released video could taint juries, influence witnesses and negatively impact the direction and speed of the investigations. That's why the Los Angeles Police Protective League opposed the release of video evidence prior to the completion of the investigative process. However, if police departments are going to do it, then they ought to do it right. The Los Angeles Police Department and Police Commission are taking the right approach. Rather than releasing hours of random raw video clips, the LAPD releases police videos that provide the public the appropriate context, background and explanation of each incident. The result? A more informed viewing process for the public.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Suspected Of Fatally Shooting Hawaii LEO Found, Killed By Police
A man suspected of gunning down a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with officers Friday after a three-day search across the Big Island, authorities said. Justin Waiki was killed and an officer was injured during the shootout, Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe told The Associated Press after receiving confirmation from the police chief. The officer was taken to Hilo Medical Center, Okabe said. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim told the AP in a phone interview that the officer will survive. "Chief of police just called to say that the wounds were not life threatening, and he will be OK," the mayor said.
Associated Press

Man Charged In Shooting Of 2 Minnesota Police Officers
A 33-year-old man with mental health issues has been charged with attempted murder in a shooting that left two South St. Paul police officers injured. Prosecutors say Dustin Allen Bilderback of South St. Paul was charged Friday with multiple counts. The shooting happened Thursday after officers went to a group home to check on Bilderback. The complaint says officers arrived to find Bilderback outside with his mental health caseworker. While officers discussed a possible mental health hold, Bilderback pulled a shotgun from his car and began firing.
Associated Press

Suspect ID'd in wild Silver Lake Trader Joe's shootout that left store manager dead
A 28-year-old Los Angeles man has been identified as the suspect in a wild car chase and gun battle that left one woman dead and sparked panic inside a Trader Joe's store in Silver Lake, authorities said Sunday. Gene Atkins is being held in lieu of $2-million bail on suspicion of murder, according to Officer Drake Madison, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. Investigators have said Atkins shot his grandmother and kidnapped another woman in South L.A. on Saturday before leading police on a chase that ended near the parking lot of the popular Hyperion Avenue grocery store.
Los Angeles Times

Children At Trader Joe's Rescued By LAPD
Officers rescued a group of children and a dog after an armed suspect opened fire and barricaded himself inside a Trader Joe's in the Hollywood area on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
NBC 4 Video

Man Fatally Injured, Woman Critically Injured At End Of Race In South L.A.
A man was killed when the SUV that he was in was broadsided by a BMW racing at 90 miles per hour or more on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles early Sunday. Police are seeking the driver of the other car, a white sedan that had been racing the 2009 BMW that both fatally injured a man and critically injured a woman. The sedan and BMW were racing southbound just after 1:30 a.m. on Central Avenue, approaching the 5000 block of Central Avenue, when a 2002 Ford SUV pulled out from the west driveway of a business — directly in the path of the oncoming vehicles, said Sgt. Kris Werner of the LAPD's Central Traffic Division.

Man Hit Twice In Car-To-Car Shooting In West Adams
A man was wounded in the neck and upper body Monday in a car-to-car shooting in the West Adams area of Los Angeles, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 2:03 a.m. at Exposition Boulevard and Buckingham Road, Sgt. Rick Boyle of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station said. Several shots were fired from one vehicle into the other and the suspect vehicle fled the scene, Boyle said. The only person hit was a passenger in the car that was fired upon.

Police Seek Man Seen Caught On Surveillance Video Attacking Unsuspecting Victim At In-N-Out In Palms
Officials are asking for the public's help finding a man who was caught on surveillance video attacking an unsuspecting victim outside an In-N-Out Burger in Palms, authorities announced Friday. The victims remains hospitalized three weeks after the assault occurred on June 30 outside the fast-food chain's location in the 9200 block of Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Scotty Stevens said. The assailant is seen on video punching the victim “without warning.” The victim then falls on the ground and is knocked unconscious, the video shows. The victim was taken to a hospital with “significant and severe head injuries,” for which he was still receiving treatment Friday.

Accused ‘Preppy Store Masher' Suspect Surrenders To LAPD
A young man accused of accosting several women while they were shopping at stores in Canoga Park and Woodland Hills, earning him the moniker of Preppy Store Masher, turned himself in Friday at the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Station. Alon Lerner, 22, who lives with his parents in Winnetka, was subsequently booked at the Van Nuys jail on suspicion of felony sexual battery, with bail set at $65,000, according to the LAPD. Lerner surrendered a day after the LAPD released security images of the suspect and asked for the public's help in identifying him.
Los Angeles Daily News

3 Syringes Found At Park Playground In Sherman Oaks
Parents are unnerved Friday after three syringes were found at a Sherman Oaks park playground. One syringe was initially found Thursday afternoon at the universal playground of the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a warning. The playground was cleared and shut down, and crews from L.A. Parks and Recreation went through the sand with a sifter and found two more syringes. Police say they are doing a full investigation to find out where the syringes came from, and are stepping up patrols at the park.

Judge Doubts Mental Competence Of Mother Who Left Son At Union Station
The mother accused of abandoning her son at Union Station appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing. Dava Webster is facing one count of child endangerment. The judge determined there is a doubt to her mental competence and referred the case for evaluation. Investigators say Webster left her 6-year-old, who does not communicate, alone at the train station earlier this month. Webster was arrested when she returned to the station the next day. She faces up to six years in prison. The boy is now with relatives.

Man Gets 21 Years To Life In Prison In Stabbing Death Of Toddler Daughter
Prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison after fatally stabbing his toddler in his Los Angeles apartment and then setting the room on fire. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 50-year-old Noe Torres was sentenced Friday. Authorities say Torres stabbed his 13-month-old daughter during an argument with the girl's mother. The little girl died at the scene. Prosecutors say after stabbing his daughter, Torres then set his apartment on fire.

2 Teens Rescued And 36 Arrested In Compton During Prostitution Sting
Two girls were rescued and 36 adults arrested during a human-trafficking operation this week in Compton, sheriff's officials announced on Friday. The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce, along with sheriff's deputies from the Compton Station, conducted the undercover operation on Wednesday, arresting 21 men and 15 women, sheriff's Lt. Barry Hall said. The girls, ages 16 and 17, were identified as sexually exploited children, Hall said. One was released to the Department of Children and Family Services, and the other to the Probation Department after she was found to have an arrest warrant from San Bernardino County.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

8-Year-Old Boy, 67-Year-Old Woman Killed In Leimert Park House Fire: LAFD
A woman and a boy died in a house fire in Leimert Park on Sunday morning, fire officials said. Some 50 firefighters responded to a burning one-story home at 3971 S. 2nd Ave. at around 11:08 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Three children and three adults were inside the home, the agency said. LAFD responders in an ambulance saw smoke from the residence while returning from an earlier incident.

2 More Firefighters Injured As Ferguson Fire Continues To Grow
Two more firefighters were injured as crews struggled to gain containment Saturday of a relentless inferno fueled by dry terrain and hot weather near Yosemite National Park, officials said. The Ferguson Fire swelled to 29,045 acres by Saturday — growing by more than 6,000 acres since Friday — and was still only 6 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Two firefighters suffered back injuries and were taken to hospitals Friday, said Jim Mackensen, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. “They've been released and are going home to recover,” Mackensen said.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

As L.A. Struggles To Reduce Traffic Deaths, Speed Limits Keep Going Up
Sheila Brown was shocked to learn, in the spring of 2009, that the Los Angeles City Council was planning to raise the speed limit on Zelzah Avenue, a few blocks from her home in Granada Hills. A few weeks before, a 60-year-old woman had been struck and killed in a crosswalk on Zelzah, Brown told the City Council in an impassioned letter. She said the frequent sounds of screeching tires as drivers narrowly avoided collisions were proof that allowing higher speeds would put residents and students in danger.
Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti Set To Visit Asia On 10-Day Mission To Bring Jobs, Investment To L.A.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will leave Monday for a 10-day trade mission to Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Hong Kong, a trip focused on bringing jobs and investment to L.A. and boosting tourism in the city, his office said. “Tourism and trade with Asia are integral to our local economy,” Garcetti said in a statement Friday, adding that Los Angeles has a “special bond with our neighbors on the Pacific Rim.” The mayor will visit Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong.


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