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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

July 25, 2018

Law Enforcement News

A Wild Chase, A Gun Battle, Then Tragedy As Officer's Bullet Kills Trader Joe's Employee
Two Los Angeles police officers tore through traffic on Rowena Avenue on Saturday afternoon in a high-speed pursuit of an attempted murder suspect driving a Toyota Camry. Suddenly, the back window of the Camry shattered. “Shots fired!” the police officer at the wheel shouted to his partner as he swerved into oncoming lanes. Forty-five seconds later, the Camry veered into a utility pole in front of a Trader Joe's and the driver bolted for the entrance, firing his gun wildly from his hip, according to dashboard and body-cam footage released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday. The officers had less than two seconds to react before the gunman fled into a store full of shoppers. But a bad shot could hit a bystander. The video showed a man by the entrance and another behind the wreck, but not who was behind the glass front doors. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, issued a statement expressing sorrow for Corado's death, but saying the officers faced an “impossible choice” between opening fire or allowing an armed suspect to run into a crowded market. “While it is easy to second guess the split-second decisions officers are forced to make when bullets are flying at them, our officers made the right call to try and protect as many innocent people as possible,” according to the union.
Los Angeles Times
, MyNewsLA

3 Teens Arrested After Washington Officer Killed In Pursuit
Three teenage suspects are now in custody in connection with a police chase that led to a suburban Seattle officer being struck and killed by a pursuing officer in a patrol car. Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla said at a news conference Monday that a passenger in the suspect vehicle was arrested with the help of a police dog after the incident early Sunday that killed Officer Diego Moreno. Two other suspects, including the 16-year-old driver, have since been arrested, he said.
Associated Press

Man In Dallas LEO's Death Returns To Jail, Has Bond Reinstated
The man suspected of fatally striking a Dallas officer was returned to jail after a police union demanded his bond be increased, but a judge reinstated his bond. On Tuesday, 25-year-old Adrian Breedlove had his original bond of $76,000 reinstated after being re-arrested and returned to jail, CBS DFW reported. Breedlove, who's suspected of drunk driving, is accused of striking and killing Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens over the weekend. Givens was working the funeral of a fellow officer on Saturday when he was hit.

Suspect Arrested In Shooting That Critically Wounded Florida Officer
Police said they arrested the man they believe shot and critically wounded a Florida officer. On Monday, Fort Myers police said 29-year-old Wisner Desmaret faces charges of attempted murder in connection to the shooting of Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, reported. Chief Derrick Diggs said Jobbers-Miller was fighting for his life as he recovers at a hospital, where he's listed in critical, but stable condition. Diggs said on Saturday, Jobbers-Miller responded with other officers to a gas station where a suspect, later identified as Desmaret, reportedly assaulted a group of young men and stole a cellphone from their car.

LAPD Officials Defend Predictive Policing As Activists Call For Its End
Early each morning, computers spit out maps of Los Angeles, marked with red squares where a complex algorithm has judged that property crimes are most likely to occur. As police officers patrol the streets, they keep these areas in mind, perhaps taking a detour to pass through on the way to a call, or warning people not to leave valuables in their cars. But so-called predictive policing and other ways that the Los Angeles Police Department uses data to fight crime are sounding alarm bells for civil liberty and privacy groups, who engaged in a heated debate with department brass at a Police Commission meeting Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Seeking Answers After Man Found Dead Along PCH In Pacific Palisades; Homicide Investigation Underway
LAPD officials are asking for the public's help after a man was found dead along Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades Saturday, LAPD officials announced Tuesday. The body was found in heavy brush by a person walking in the woods near Temescal Canyon Road about 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Detective John Lamberti told KTLA. The man appears to be in his mid 20s and had multiple injuries, Lamberti said without elaborating. He added that it was "very apparent" that he was the victim of a homicide. The exact cause of death remains unknown, however LAPD officials released two booking photos of the victim from previous run ins with police last year and this year, but said they are having trouble identifying him, and no next of kin have been found, Lamberti said.

Silver Lake Trader Joe's Standoff Suspect Charged With Murder, 30 Other Counts
The man who allegedly shot his grandmother and fired at police during a chase that ended in a deadly shootout and standoff at a Silver Lake Trader Joe's has been charged with murder. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday that Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was charged with a total of 31 counts. Atkins appeared in court briefly Tuesday and agreed to a rescheduling of his arraignment to Aug. 14. Bail was set at $18.775 million. The charges included: One count each of murder; kidnapping; fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly; grand theft of an automobile; driving or taking a vehicle without consent; discharge of a firearm with gross negligence; shooting at an occupied motor vehicle; and assault with a firearm.

Man Wounded In Car-to-Car Shooting On Freeway In Sylmar
A man was shot in the leg in a car-to-car shooting on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Sylmar, authorities said Wednesday. About 11 p.m. Tuesday, two people in a late 1990's to early 2000's white Ford Explorer pulled alongside a silver Toyota Corolla and the passenger in the SUV fired five to six shots into the Corolla, striking the driver in the mid-thigh area, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol. The victim pulled off the freeway and applied a tourniquet to his wound before calling for help, ABC7 reported. The victim was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

Man Claiming He Destroyed Donald Trump's Walk Of Fame Star Turns Himself In
Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been destroyed again, this time by a man with a pick ax, who turned himself into police about an hour later. Police say the destruction was reported at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the call was believed to have been made by the man who took a pick ax to the star. All that was left of the star was a jagged hole in the ground, and pieces of concrete and the star were left strewn about the sidewalk by the time police arrived.

San Francisco Appeals Court: 2nd Amendment Grants Right To Carry Guns Openly
Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns openly outside the home, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Tuesday on an issue that has divided federal courts and is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2-1 ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case from Hawaii may not last long — it was written by one of the court's most conservative judges, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, whose previous decision striking down a California concealed-weapons law was overturned by the court's liberal majority.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

The Short And Not-So-Happy Life Of Sunland-Tujunga's Traffic Safety Banner Campaign
The colorful banners that were recently hoisted onto several light poles along Sunland-Tujunga streets to warn drivers to slow down and watch their speed were supposed to be up for a year. But they lasted only a week, before city officials ordered them taken down. The seemingly innocuous signs, preaching messages like “Drive Slower … Live Longer,” were removed one light pole at a time along Sunland and Foothill boulevards at around 6 a.m. Tuesday, the banner company's workers undoing the work they did on July 17, when the signs were installed as part of a traffic safety awareness campaign sponsored by the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council. An aide for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said the signs had not been properly approved.
Los Angeles Daily News

Despite Controversy, Encino Multi-Family Residential Building Plan Moves Forward
A multi-family residential building project in Encino, which triggered debate for months, is moving forward. The Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted in support of the development of a 114-unit complex at 16161 West Ventura Boulevard. The project has drawn the ire of the residents and property owners who expressed concerns about the scale of the proposed development. Last year, the Encino Neighborhood Council voted against the project, stating specific concerns about the proposed building's height, traffic, privacy and parking.
Los Angeles Daily News


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