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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 19, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Kansas Deputy Fatally Shot During Arrest
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified a deputy that was killed in a deputy-involved shooting. Deputy Robert Kunze, 41, was shot Sunday while he was responding to a call involving a suspicious person. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Sunday night and posted a live feed on its Facebook page. Around 1:20 p.m., Kunze responded to a call of a suspicious person near the 5300 block of N. 295th, in Wichita. Upon arrival, Kunze approached the suspicious person and after patting him down, he found a weapon in the suspect's waistband, said Sheriff Jeff Easter.
The Topeka Capital-Journal

10 LAPD Officers Honored By Justice Department For MacArthur Park Task Force
Ten Los Angeles Police Department officers who were part of a task force in MacArthur Park were among the recipients Tuesday of the second annual Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing, which recognized the work of 25 law enforcement officers and deputies from a dozen jurisdictions across the country. “The Trump administration supports law enforcement at all levels — and we always will,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “Today's awards honor the incredible work that is being done across this country every day. This Department of Justice takes pride in announcing today's winners of the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.”

Police Commissioner Matt Johnson, Who Spearheaded Key LAPD Reforms, To Step Down
As a new member of the civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department, Matt Johnson wanted to reduce the number of police shootings. On Wednesday, Johnson will announce his departure from the Police Commission, leaving an LAPD that he argues is more transparent, better trained and better equipped, with a de-escalation policy intended to prevent deadly shootings. All patrol officers are now armed with Tasers, which they can use to subdue a suspect before resorting to deadly force. Beanbag shotguns, which serve a similar purpose, are now mounted on the front seat of every patrol car. Craig Lally of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the police commission has prioritized the wrong issues. “They concentrate on use-of-force issues,” said Lally, the league's president. “They're not concentrating on overall public safety issues, like the crisis in staffing, the low number of officers on the street every day.”
Los Angeles Times

Two Deputies Injured While Responding To Protest In Compton
Two deputies suffered minor injuries on Tuesday when they responded to a protest outside a Compton beauty supply shop and got into a fight with some suspects. The deputies responded about 5:25 p.m. to a reported disturbance at the shop in a strip mall in the area of Central Avenue and Alondra Boulevard where protesters had gathered, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The protesters had gathered at the business to urge people not to patronize the shop because of a dispute that had occurred there two weeks ago, the sheriff's department reported.
FOX 11

Tire-Slashing Suspect Arrested After Vandalizing As Many As 30 Vehicles In Jefferson Park, LAPD Says
A woman was arrested Wednesday morning after tires on at least 20 vehicles were slashed overnight in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles, authorities said. The identity of the suspect was not immediately released. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, as many as 30 vehicles were vandalized in the 3300 block of Montclair Street. They included minivans, sedans and SUVS that were parked curbside in front of homes. 

Encino Man Indicted For Threats To Boston Globe Over Trump Editorials
An Encino man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making violent threats against The Boston Globe following the newspaper's coordination of responses to President Donald Trump's attacks on the media. Prosecutors say Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino made threatening calls to the Globe's newsroom on Aug. 16, calling the paper "the enemy of the people." He allegedly threatened to kill Globe employees. In August, the Globe asked other newspapers around the country to publish editorials responding to Trump's attacks on the news media.

Authorities Seek Additional Victims Of Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 4 Girls In South L.A.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials are seeking additional victims of a man accused of sexually assaulting four girls in South Los Angeles. Christopher William Roby allegedly assaulted the victims in South L.A. and Compton over the course of several years, between 2003 and 2018, authorities said in a news release. Roby was apparently arrested in April, but authorities believe there may be more victims and are encouraging them to come forward. He's awaiting trial on charges including kidnapping and rape. Officials did not release any additional information about the alleged assaults or victims.

A Landmark 2016 Law Praised As An ‘Unbelievably Powerful Tool' Against Gun Violence Remains Scarcely Used
Two weeks after a gunman in Parkland, Fla., zigzagged from one classroom to another in his former high school, killing 17 people, a Beverly Hills High employee dialed 911 to report a stranger mumbling to himself and following her as she left campus. Police confiscated a loaded handgun in the man's glove box and arrested him. But they felt compelled to do more. What if he was a copycat killer inspired by the Parkland shooting and obtained another gun after posting bail? Beverly Hills officers decided to try something they'd never done before and persuaded a judge to temporarily bar the man from having guns. It was a successful use of a legal tool that proponents believe will help reduce gun violence as more members of the public and law enforcement learn about it.
Los Angeles Times

ATF Documents Show How Traffickers Exploit Lax Sellers And Weak Laws
Rogelio Barajas got off his flight from central Mexico to O'Hare with empty luggage that smelled of gunpowder. It smelled that way because Barajas had returned from one of his regular journeys transporting guns: More than 100 in all, smuggled from Illinois to Mexico over the course of four years. His scheme eventually drew the attention of federal investigators in September 2008, when Mexican police recovered a rifle in an abandoned car. Using the weapon's serial number, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced it back to Barajas, who had purchased it at a store called GAT Guns in the Chicago suburb of East Dundee.
The Trace

Sheriff: Kentucky Deputy Sustained ‘Life-Changing' Injuries In Rest Stop Shooting
A Scott County deputy who was shot in the line of duty last week has “severe injuries that are life changing,” and his legs are mostly paralyzed, according to Sheriff Tony Hampton. Hampton gave the update Monday in a press conference regarding the status of Jamie Morales, who was shot while Scott County deputies and Georgetown police officers were assisting U.S. Marshals in apprehending 57-year-old Edward Reynolds of Florida. Morales will remain in the ICU at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital until chest tubes are removed, and then will go to a spinal rehabilitation facility.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Local Government News

L.A. City Councilwomen Want To Shut Off Utility Services To Illegal Pot Shops
Two Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday proposed shutting off utility services to illegal pot shops as a way to crack down on the hundreds that are believed to be currently operating. The proposal comes after Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced earlier this month that his office, in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department, has filed 120 criminal cases against 515 defendants associated with 105 illegal commercial cannabis locations across the city since January. Closing down illegal pot shops has proven to be a challenge for the city, as it often involves an undercover police operation and other significant law enforcement resources.

LA City Council To Look At Proposed Regulations For Home-Sharing Sites Like Airbnb
For the past two years, Airbnb host Waheeda Ali has listed a room in a South Los Angeles home she owns with her husband and three kids. South L.A. is one of the fastest growing areas in the city for home sharing. "A lot of guests are here for USC events or students at USC or coliseum events. Obviously, it's way closer than Venice. It's more affordable than Venice. The fact that there's a nice Airbnb here. There aren't many hotels that are nice in this area so I think if this wasn't here, those people would be inconvenienced by how far they are, how much they have to pay," she said.


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