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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

August 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Colorado Officer Critically Wounded In Shooting
An officer in Colorado was critically wounded after police exchanged gunfire with a suspect. The Colorado Springs Police Department said the shooting happened early Thursday morning after police responded to reports of multiple shots fired, KDVR reported. When police arrived at the scene, an armed suspect shot at officers, who returned fire. Officer Cem Duzel, a five-year veteran of the department, was shot and critically wounded during the exchange of gunfire. He was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police And Community Honor Fallen Washington Officer
After Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno was killed in the line of duty on July 22, his boots were removed for the last time — to reveal the freshly-painted, bright-blue toenail polish from when he had taken his 6-year-old daughter, Peyton, for a pedicure. About a month ago, he took his son, Adrian, for a haircut and rewarded the 4-year-old's good behavior with a deluxe Nerf gun that on Tuesday sat among wreaths of flowers, a game-day flag from Washington State University and a wooden box containing Moreno's ashes on the stage set up at Kent's ShoWare Center.
The Seattle Times

Mayor Garcetti announces changes for the L.A. Police Commission
Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday nominated an attorney who had a hand in some of the most critical reforms in Los Angeles police history to the department's civilian oversight panel. Dale Bonner was nominated to replace Cynthia McClain-Hill on the five-member Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD. Bonner once worked with the now-defunct Christopher Commission, which examined police conduct and policies in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file LAPD officers, said Bonner will have a “full plate of issues” to deal with and balance against public safety needs when he joins the board. "As Los Angeles prepares for the World Cup and Olympic Games, as well as grapples with rising crime and a shortage of police officers, it will be imperative for police commissioners to stay focused on keeping neighborhoods safe,” the union said in a statement that also thanked McClain-Hill for her service.
Los Angeles Times

LA keeps kids out of gangs with Summer Night Lights program
The city of Los Angeles launched a program called Summer Night Lights in 2007, which extended park hours until 11 p.m. in an effort to help children stay out of gangs. Many players on a baseball field in East Hollywood Wednesday night were raised in the program. "A way up and way out of a lifestyle that really doesn't hold promise," Councilman Mitch O'Farrell said. "We're really trying to make a difference and bring purpose to a beautiful city that at times is delicate and we have to endure difficult moments as we have in the last two weeks. But we're here and we're committed and we're proud to be a part of all of this," LAPD Capt. Cory Palk said.

Shooting In South L.A. Turns Into Homicide Investigation
A shooting in South Los Angeles was determined a homicide investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday night. Officers responded about 7:45 p.m. to a report of a shooting in the 600 block of West 80th Street near Hoover Street and found the male victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to Officer Jeff Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The victim was taken to a hospital, Lee said, but his age and an update on his condition were not immediately available. Two male suspects were seen leaving the location in a gray van headed west on 80th Street, Lee said.

Hit-And-Run Victim Dragged 3 Blocks In South LA Fatality
A person was struck by a vehicle Thursday and dragged for three blocks in South Los Angeles, police said. Police responded about 1 a.m. to a call reporting a body in the street near the intersection of 84th Place and Central Avenue and located the victim, who was so badly injured officers could not determine if the person was a man or woman, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The victim was struck at 81st Street and Central Avenue and dragged by the vehicle to the location where the body was found, Eisenman said.

Homeless encampment shooting in Los Angeles captured on surveillance video
Authorities in Los Angeles are investigating a targeted shooting at a homeless encampment that left one man injured -- and was captured on stunning surveillance video released Tuesday. The Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release the shooting took place on July 26 just after 3 p.m. in the city's Venice neighborhood under a freeway overpass. In the video, the driver of a Honda Accord gets out of the vehicle and runs to the sidewalk where three men are gathered near tents. The man then gets a handgun from his shorts and fires "multiple rounds" at one of the three men, according to the LAPD. A passenger in the Honda can be seen getting out of the car and walking toward tents before pointing the gun towards a man.
Fox News

LA And Long Beach Men Arrested On Suspicion Of North Hollywood ‘Knock-Knock' Burglary, $10k In Loot Found
Four people were arrested in connection with a so-called “knock-knock” burglary in North Hollywood and authorities said Thursday they believe there may be more victims of the robbery crew in Los Angeles and Orange counties and encouraged those victims to come forward. The arrests were made July 26 by detectives with the sheriff's Burglary-Robbery Task Force, with assistance from officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Los Angeles Daily News

Alleged Dating App Predator Says 'Voices' Made Him Kill NYC Nurse, Admits To Los Angeles Attack: Report
A man accused of killing a Queens nurse, leaving her naked in a blanket with her teeth knocked out in her own bedroom after the two met on a dating app, says voices in his head made him do it. Danueal Drayton spoke to a reporter with New York's Daily News who visited him at a Los Angeles jail. Danueal Drayton told a Daily News reporter who visited him at a Los Angeles jail, where he has been in custody on charges involving another woman he allegedly held captive in California, that he remembers strangling Samantha Stewart two weeks ago and talked about voices urging him to harm people.

Man Accused Of Vandalizing North Hollywood Catholic Church Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Arson, Burglary
The man accused of vandalizing one of the Los Angeles areas' best-known Catholic churches was charged Wednesday, authorities said. Russel Congleton, 58, pleaded not guilty two counts each of arson of property and vandalism, and one count each of arson of a structure and second-degree commercial burglary, according to a news release from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. On July 25, Congleton allegedly broke into St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, shattered stained glass windows, damaged religious statues and set trash bins on fire, police said.

Arleta Man Sent To Prison For Money Laundering Tied To The Sinaloa Cartel
An Arleta man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for his role in a black-market “hawala” money laundering scheme that transferred about $4.5 million on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel and its drug trafficking affiliates. Sucha Singh, 54, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder to serve three years of supervised release following his 63-month prison sentence. Singh was allowed to remain free pending a Jan. 17 self-surrender date. “I recognize this may be a one-time offense, but hundreds of thousands of dollars were moved around — and it was drug money,” the judge said from the bench. “There have to be consequences.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Orlando Police After Massacre
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit which claimed police officers didn't do enough to stop the gunman responsible for a massacre at a Florida nightclub, but he gave survivors and family members two weeks to file another complaint. U.S. District Judge Paul Byron said Wednesday that the claims weren't specific enough to allow the city of Orlando and the police officers to make an adequate defense. The lawsuit named just one police officer who was working security off-duty at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Thirty other officers are merely referred to as "John Doe."

Ohio officer's charitable work highlighted in 'Dirty Jobs' star's new show
An Ohio officer was profiled in Mike Rowe's new show for his charitable work and relationship with the community he serves. In the latest episode of the show, Rowe visits Canton Officer Lamar Sharpe, who runs a nonprofit called “Be a Better Me Foundation.” The nonprofit provides role models to the inner city youth of Canton, Ohio. Rowe and his crew spent the day riding along with Sharpe as they visited the community, discussed Sharpe's upbringing and how he works to build relationships with the community members he serves.

Public Safety News

Gov. Brown Discusses Need To Protect California Utilities From Fire Liability
California Gov. Jerry Brown said he believes electric utilities could go bankrupt due to the increasing threat of wildfires, if current law isn't changed. After touring the state emergency operations headquarters, which is coordinating efforts to contain fires that have burned more than 300,000 acres, the governor discussed his proposal to limit power companies' liability when their equipment causes the fires. “My goal was to try to find a reasonable balance that would reward players, including utilities, for doing the right thing, but make them liable when they didn't take the steps that commonsense and prudence would warrant,” Brown said.
Capital Public Radio

California Fires Rage, And Gov. Jerry Brown Offers Grim View Of Fiery Futur
As fire crews struggled to gain containment on more than a dozen wildfires raging across California on Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters that large, destructive fires would probably continue and cost the state billions of dollars over the next decade. “The more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they're now occurring in real time,” Brown said at a news conference at the state's emergency operations center outside Sacramento. State officials said more than 13,000 firefighters are on duty fighting 16 large fires that have burned a total of 320,000 acres and displaced more than 32,000 residents.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Los Angeles Moves To License Pot Growers After Long Delay
Los Angeles began accepting license applications from marijuana growers, manufacturers and testing companies Wednesday, after months of delays that left many businesses in the state's largest legal marketplace struggling to survive. The start of the process arrived with a mix of relief and anxiety from businesses that have been waiting since Jan. 1, when California broadly legalized cannabis for adults, to enter the legal economy. "We've been hanging on by the skin of our teeth," said retailer and cultivator Donnie Anderson, who has been paying thousands of dollars of rent for months on commercial space he hasn't been able to use without a cultivation license.

L.A. City Officials Considering Ban On Selling, Manufacturing Fur
Los Angeles could become the biggest city in the United States to ban businesses from selling fur, under a plan being vetted at City Hall. At a meeting Wednesday, animal welfare activists argued that the fur trade was brutal, inhumane and unnecessary. “The bottom line is that humans do not need to wear the fur of another animal. Not in Los Angeles, not in any other city.… To continue to allow the sale of fur is to condone violence,” said Brian Ruppenkamp, a member of Los Angeles Animal Save.


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