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October 1, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Mississippi City Holds Vigil For 2 Officers Killed In Shootout
Residents mourning two officers killed in a weekend shootout in a small Mississippi city left roses, balloons and American flags at police headquarters Sunday and held an evening vigil in their memory. The candlelight vigil for Officer James White, 35, and Cpl. Zach Moak, 31, was held outside the Brookhaven Police Department where the officers had worked. There, every few minutes, people pulled up during the day in cars, leaving flowers, teddy bears and balloons not far from where their patrol cars were parked. Each car was adorned with an American flag and a wreath on its front grill.
Associated Press

Florida K-9 Named Fang Killed By Carjacking Suspect
Authorities in Florida say a police dog was shot and killed while chasing an armed carjacking suspect. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in social media posts that the K-9 dog named Fang died early Sunday. The sheriff's office said the suspect was apprehended by another K-9 dog at the scene and arrested. The suspect's name was not immediately released. According to a report by The Florida Times-Union, the dogs' human partners were not injured and did not return fire. Fang was a 3-year-old German shepherd that performed both patrol and bomb-detection duties.
Associated Press

19 K-9 Line Of Duty Deaths This Year Highlight Police Dogs' Important Jobs
When Rocky died earlier this month after he was ejected from a Riverhead police car pursuing a suspect, he joined 18 other fellow K-9 officers killed in the line of duty in the United States this year. The 8-year-old German shepherd was also part of a large community of trained canine officers serving across Long Island and New York City, assisting in daily policing and performing work for specialized units, law enforcement officials said. The dogs help find missing persons or criminal suspects, locate evidence, detect explosives and sniff out deadly drugs.

Woman Randomly Beaten In Mission Hills Grocery Store Parking Lot
A woman shared her story of being attacked by an apparent homeless woman while walking to her car in a Mission Hills grocery store parking lot. The victim, who did not want to be identified, said she was just walking out of a Vons near Sepulveda Boulevard when she heard a woman screaming. She ignored the screams and walked toward where her husband was parked. "As I get past her, I feel somebody pulling me, pulled my shirt. I could hear my shirt tear and then pounding on my head, started just hitting me on my head," the victim said.

Police Seek Leads In Sylmar Slaying
Police Saturday asked the public for help identifying a man suspected of shooting a Sylmar man to death. Jimmy Marquez, 39, was shot about 8:20 p.m. Friday while at a motel with friends in the area of San Fernando Road and Bleeker Street, Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. The suspect appeared at the motel and became involved in an argument with Marquez, Im said. The suspect shot Marquez in the upper torso and fled in a dark vehicle. The suspect was described as being in his 30s, Im said. Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Steve Castro at (818) 374-1925 or (877) LAPD-24-7. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Police Seek Family Of Elderly Woman Found Wandering Near MacArthur Park
Police are reaching out to the public for help in tracking down the family of an elderly and disoriented woman found wandering near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles on Saturday. The woman was spotted walking alone about 2:30 p.m. at Rampart Street and Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a bulletin. “The found elderly adult does not communicate well and appears as if she suffers from dementia,” according to the bulletin. She's described as 70 to 75 years old, Latina, about 4 feet 8 inches tall and 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and gray hair. She was wearing a green-and-blue dress along with gray shoes and a black bow.

Girl, 17, Fatally Shot In Front Of Compton Liquor Store
A 17-year-old girl was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting in front of a Compton liquor store, police said Monday. The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Long Beach Boulevard, sheriff's officials said. The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The other three people, which included a second juvenile, were also hospitalized and listed in stable condition, authorities said. The girl's name has not yet been released, and sheriff's officials did not have suspect information.

Group Linked To Recent Burglaries In L.A., San Bernardino Counties
Authorities on Friday linked a group of four men with a series of recent burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Three 18-year-olds from Los Angeles—Antonio Houston and Jermain and Jermel White—and 23-year-old Tyler Williams of Lancaster were booked on suspicion of residential burglary on Monday, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. At around 3 p.m. that day, deputies and Simi Valley police saw the suspects commit a burglary in North Hollywood and travel slowly in a black Mercedez Benz through Panorama City and into the Sun Valley area, a statement from the Sheriff's Department said.

Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill To Extend Last Call To 4 A.M.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have let bars in some cities serve alcohol until 4 a.m. He rejected the legislation Friday because he says it would cause more drunken driving. California lets bars serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Brown says the bill would have added two hours of early morning "mayhem." The state Legislature approved the bill in August. The five-year pilot program would have allowed extended hours in nine California cities. In Southern California, those cities included Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Coachella.

Jerry Brown Limits Prosecution Of Minors To ‘Work Toward A More Just System'
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a pair of measures that limits when and how young people can be prosecuted for criminal charges. It continues Brown's efforts, in his final term, to undo many of the tough sentencing policies he supported during his first stint as governor, which contributed to an unconstitutionally overcrowded prison system in California. Senate Bill 439 establishes 12 years as the minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court, unless a minor younger than 12 has committed murder or rape. Senate Bill 1391 eliminates the ability to try a defendant under the age of 16 as an adult, thereby sending them to prison.
Sacramento Bee

OK To Light Up At California State Parks And Beaches, Jerry Brown Says
For the third time in three years, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed bills to ban smoking at state parks and beaches. “Third time is not always a charm,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “My opinion on the matter has not changed. We have many rules telling us what we can't do and these are wide open spaces.” In 2016, Brown accused lawmakers of taking a stance that was “too broad” and “punitive.” Last year, he said his veto was necessary to limit “coercive power of government.” State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, has previously said the measures would “protect public health, prevent wildfires, and curtail pollution.”
Sacramento Bee

Police Shootings Will Get More Public Scrutiny As California Opens Access To Investigations
Following years of growing public outcry and protest over police shootings, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a pair of bills that will increase transparency around officer killings of civilians by expanding access to personnel and video records. Their approval bucks decades of law enforcement influence at the Capitol that advocates say has made it difficult to challenge some of the nation's strictest laws shielding police misconduct from public scrutiny. Despite heavy opposition once again from law enforcement unions, who argued that the proposals could put their members at risk, lawmakers passed two significant accountability measures this session. 
Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

Solemn Honor At Capitol Park Monument For 37 Fallen Firefighters
Silence: A sound that resonated in downtown Sacramento. For nearly an hour Saturday morning that was all that could be heard from the hundreds of people gathered in Capitol Park. One by one, the names of 37 fallen firefighters were called and, one by one, the family members, friends or department representatives stood to receive a flag in honor of these men and women whose names were added this year to the nearly 1,400 names of firefighters who have already been etched into the stone of the California Firefighters Memorial.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

LA City Council Approves Electric Scooter Ordinance
The Los Angeles City Council approved regulations for the dockless electric scooter industry Friday, approving an ordinance to create an official pilot program. The council's 12-1 vote in favor of the ordinance was mostly procedural, since much of the debate on the issue occurred earlier this month and the council approved the general guidelines last week on a 10-1 vote. But a new ordinance requires at least 12 votes on first consideration or it must return for a second vote. Councilman Paul Koretz, who has been raising concerns about the safety of the devices, was the lone vote in opposition to the program, as he was last week.


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