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August 27, 2018

Law Enforcement News

2 Shot, Wounded Outside South LA House Party
Two people were shot and wounded outside of a house party in South Los Angeles Saturday night, Los Angeles police said. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. outside the home near 92nd Street and Compton Avenue. The two wounded people were transported to a nearby hospital. Their conditions are unknown. The suspects involved are believed to be outstanding. A description of them was not immediately released. It's unknown if the shooting is gang related.

The Police Commission Killed Elizabeth Tollison
Cops rarely kill anyone. Over 90 percent of them won't fire their guns on the street during their careers. Members of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners never use deadly force. These politically connected civilians set LAPD policy, but they aren't cops and they don't carry guns. But, make no mistake about it: The Police Commission killed Elizabeth Tollison. In 2017, the commission passed a major change to the LAPD's Use of Force policy. It prioritized retreat and words to de-escalate situations over force to decisively resolve them. That the policy was not written with the safety of the community or cops in mind was obvious from the start. When then-Commission President Matt Johnson, an entertainment industry attorney, began pushing to reform the old use of force policy, he penned a lengthy article for a South Los Angeles newspaper. It had many pontifications and promises about changing the LAPD. But, among its 1,571 words (double the length of this column) “safety,” “threat,” “risk” and “self-defense” never appeared.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

California Lawmakers Significantly Scale Back Bill To Hold Police More Accountable For Killing Civilians
California lawmakers and civil rights advocates have significantly scaled back legislation aimed at holding police more accountable for killing civilians. Under changes announced Friday, Assembly Bill 931 would no longer make it easier under state law for prosecutors to criminally charge officers if they use deadly force. Instead, the measure now seeks to toughen internal police policies across California, which would allow for departments to discipline officers and face civil lawsuits if new use-of-force standards are violated. Weber said in her statement that she did not receive substantive proposals from law enforcement groups indicating changes to the bill they would find acceptable. But unions representing rank-and-file officers in Los Angeles and across the state and the California Police Chiefs Assn. released a proposal they said would increase departmental standards for deescalating potentially violent encounters between officers and the public, among other changes. “Once again, Dr. Weber, the ACLU and other anti-police fringe groups are choosing to push falsehoods to the media as opposed to having a fact-based discussion about the dire implications of their proposals, proposals that will undermine the safety of law enforcement professionals and the public across California,” said a statement from the board of directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Los Angeles Times

Garcetti Proposes Changes To DROP Program To Stop System Abuse
The DROP program was intended to keep experienced personnel at the LAPD, but after reports that some officers were collecting benefits and then going on sick leave, Mayor Eric Garcetti decided it was time for a change. "It did not make sense that people could both take medical leave and be paid at the same time it's either or," Garcetti said. The police union said the program now will stop any abuses. Jaretta Sandoz, with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said it will be more transparent. "It ensures that the process and the DROP remains as a benefit to police and fire and ensures that there's more transparency and there's no abuses to the system," she said.

Body Cam Video Released Of Wild Officer-Involved Shooting
As part of their continuing effort to have more transparency, the LAPD released another body cam video Friday of an officer-involved shooting. This incident occurred in Lake Balboa on July 7. LAPD cameras were rolling on July 7th, when a woman called for help saying her son was drunk, suicidal and left home with a gun. Surveillance video shows Christopher Terry, 28, walking in an alley, with the gun in hand. He later sits against a wall. Officers' talked with Terry on the phone and tried to get him to calm down and put the gun down. “Okay, I understand the light is irritating you, but we can't see the gun and we don't want you to touch the gun, okay? That's all we are worried about,” one officer is heard saying. Terry told the officers the gun was on his left side, but the officers said they didn't see it. Police said he fired at them and they fired back.

Nick Young Arrested For Obstruction During Traffic Stop In Hollywood, LAPD Says
Former Laker Nick Young was arrested for alleged obstruction and delaying a police investigation Friday evening during a routine traffic stop in Hollywood, the LAPD said. Young, a USC alum who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors last season, was pulled over by officers about 11:45 p.m. near the intersection of Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officer Mike Lopez, an LAPD spokesman, said the traffic stop was prompted by an expired vehicle registration and illegal window tint. Lopez said the 33-year-old Young was uncooperative and at one point ordered out of his vehicle and handcuffed to "de-escalate the situation."

Search Continues For Man Missing 17 Days
The search continued Monday for a 21-year-old man missing 17 days whose vehicle was found abandoned near Topanga. Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. was last seen about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 in the 2600 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley. His vehicle was located the following day on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas, the Los Angeles Police Department said. No new information has developed about Weaver's whereabouts, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told City News Service. The LAPD's search for the missing man continues unabated.

2 Suspects Break Into LA Home Of Rapper Wiz Khalifa
Two male suspects attempted to break into the Sherman Oaks area home of rapper Wiz Khalifa early Saturday morning while he was not there. Los Angeles police told CBS2 the burglary attempt occurred at about 4:45 a.m. in the 14400 block of Mulholland Drive. According to police, a house sitter was awakened by the sound of broken glass. When he went downstairs, he found two suspects inside. The suspects saw him and fled, police said. Nothing was stolen and there were no injuries. There was no immediate description of the suspects. Khalifa was not home at the time. There have been a slew of celebrity home burglaries over the past few years. 

Los Angeles Man Suspected In Theft Of 800 Pounds Of Lemons From Coachella Valley Farm
A 69-year-old man was arrested in Thermal for possessing hundreds of pounds of lemons allegedly stolen from a nearby farm, a sheriff's sergeant said Saturday. Dionicio Fierros of Los Angeles was pulled over at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Grapefruit Boulevard and Pierce Street and was arrested when deputies found 800 pounds of freshly picked lemons in his vehicle that sheriff's officials said were stolen. The arrest was part of a larger ongoing investigation into agriculture theft in the Coachella Valley, Riverside Country Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Frederick said. Fierros was booked into the Indio Jail and was released after posting $10,000 bail.
Los Angeles Daily News

Off-Duty Michigan Officer Fatally Shot
Police in St. Clair County are grieving the loss of a fellow officer after he was fatally shot and two others injured early Friday. A suspect is in custody. "This is a tragic loss for the Port Huron Police Department, Lt. (Joel) Wood was a great officer. He spent 23 years with our department in a capacity, starting his career as a police cadet," Port Huron Police Chief Joseph Platzer said. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office and the Port Huron Police Department said at a news conference Friday, Aug. 24, in Port Huron that they have the suspect in custody in connection with the death of the 45-year-old Wood, a resident of Greenwood Township who was off duty at the time.
The Saginaw News

Shooting At Florida Video Game Tournament: 3 Dead Including Suspect
A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself in an attack that sent several others to hospitals, authorities said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack using at least one handgun at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River. He said the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot, adding authorities were still making final confirmation of his identity with the FBI assisting them in Baltimore. Nine other people were wounded by gunfire and all were in stable condition Sunday evening after going to hospitals, Williams said. He added that two others were hurt as people sought to flee the gunfire in the panic and chaos that ensued.
Associated Press

There Has Been An Outbreak Of Camera Store Burglaries In The U.S. Since 2016. Are They Connected?
With ninja-like precision, a team of thieves ransacked the Pro Photo Connection store in Irvine on May 11 stealing about $160,000 in cameras and equipment in less than 26 minutes. The thieves (a security video shows four and possibly five suspects with one suspect directing the others) cut a hole in the roof, cut the alarm, hauled merchandise out of the store in large cardboard boxes and kicked in the store owner's office door. They wore baseball-type caps and hoodies with painter's masks. They drove off in a white van. They were so focused on Nikon and Canon cameras, they didn't touch store owner Jan Oldfield's collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia – Elvis dolls, puzzles, cookbooks, a Christmas hat and other figurines – that she keeps in her office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

2 Adults, 2 Children Injured In Van Nuys Apartment Fire
Four people, including two children, were injured in a fire inside an apartment in Van Nuys early Sunday morning, officials said. More than 30 firefighters responded at 12:45 a.m. to the two-story apartment building off Woodley Avenue, according to an alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews were able to quickly put out the fire located inside a unit on the second floor, the alert stated. Paramedics transported two adults and two children to a local hospital. All four were in fair condition, according to the Fire Department. It was not immediately known if anyone was displaced by the flames. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

An LA City Councilman Wants Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, To Explain ‘Throttling' Of Public Safety Departments During Emergencies
A Los Angeles city councilman said Friday he wants representatives of the country's major mobile data carriers to appear before the council and explain their policies on “throttling” public safety departments during emergencies. The move comes in response to complaints by the Santa Clara Fire Department, which reported a slowdown in Verizon data service earlier this month while the agency was fighting the Mendocino Complex fire. Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden detailed the experience as part of a lawsuit filed recently by 22 states and the District of Columbia that challenges the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules, which prevented internet service providers from purposely slowing the data or “throttling” customers and discriminating against or favoring certain Internet traffic.
Los Angeles Daily News

Verizon Lifts First Responders' Data Restrictions After Criticism Of Slowing Service To Firefighters In California
Verizon Wireless on Friday said it will immediately stop imposing data speed restrictions on first responders throughout the West Coast and Hawaii after facing intense criticism for reducing service to firefighters battling California's largest-ever wildfire. The telecommunication giant also said it will move forward in the coming weeks on a plan that will feature unlimited data without restrictions for public safety officials. The announcement comes in a summer of epic fires in California and as Hawaii is grappling with torrential rainfall, flooding and power outages stemming from Hurricane Lane.

Local Government News

Los Angeles Takes Another Step Toward Homeless Housing
A hotel on the edge of Skid Row will now be home to people who may have been on the streets. The Healthy Housing Foundation has been repurposing hotels since the fall. They criticize the city for not keeping step especially after the passage of measure HHH, taxpayer money to help build new housing. The hotel is the fourth property bought by the nonprofit group Healthy Housing Foundation, nearly 600 rooms now available. They ask why the city doesn't do the same. "This keeps me off the streets," said Tony Gilfort, who lives at the Baltimore Hotel near Skid Row.

Building A Vast New City On L.A.'s Northern Edges: A Solution For Region's Housing Crunch?
Up near the top of the Grapevine, where Los Angeles and Kern counties meet, sits the largest contiguous expanse of privately owned land in California. Sprawling grasslands sprout native and non-native species. Joshua trees with spiky branches clump together. At higher elevations, oak and pine forests blanket hillsides in a thick, green velvet, providing a home to deer, black bears and elk. Tejon Ranch, a 270,000-acre plot, is one of the last frontiers of relatively undeveloped space in the Los Angeles region. That may soon change. After years of planning and debate, as well as real estate busts and booms, the Centennial development is set to come before L.A. County's Regional Planning Commission for possible final consideration Wednesday. It will later be taken up by the Board of Supervisors.
Los Angeles Times


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