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LA Police Protective League


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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

October 12, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Family Of ‘Penny Pincher Bandit' Suspect Fatally Shot By LAPD Detectives Files Lawsuit
Family members of a robbery suspect who was fatally shot by undercover Los Angeles police detectives in North Hollywood last year have filed a federal lawsuit alleging constitutional and civil rights violations, excessive force and negligence. Juan A. Barillas, 37, was shot multiple times on Nov. 30 following a short vehicle pursuit by Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division officers and undercover detectives, according to authorities. The board of directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the rank-and-file officers' union, said in a statement that the lawsuit failed to mention some pertinent details, including that the suspect was wanted for “violently robbing several innocent workers at gunpoint.” Once identified by police, Barillas rammed several police vehicles while trying to evade police, according to the board. “The suspect then reached for his waistband before being shot,” union leaders said. “Police officers deserve to have these types of incidents fully investigated prior to rash judgments being made and before trial lawyers start trying to cash in,” they stated.
Los Angeles Daily News

Two LAPD Patrol Officers Share Night Shift Duties And More: They're Identical Twins
Edward and Robert Bolanos share a double bond as brothers in blue. The 38-year-old identical twins both serve as patrol officers assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division. “You're kind of like doubling up on the same person because they're such good people and good workers,” said LAPD Sgt. Zoltan Mako, a watch commander at the Canoga Park station. “It's like having two for the price of one, so to speak.” While the brothers, who both work night shifts, aren't usually paired together as partners, they often are aware when the other gets dispatched to a potentially dangerous call. They can hear when there's urgency in the other's voice over the police radio. They think alike and finish each other's sentences. “There have been times when my brother will ask for an additional unit or even a backup” on the radio, Edward Bolanos said. “I can sense something in his voice that's something wrong. I immediately try to respond there.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Investigates Man Found Dead Inside RV In Valley Glen
Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside an RV in Valley Glen on Thursday, authorities said. Police were called to the scene near Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Sherman Way at 7:30 p.m., Officer Drake Madison told KTLA. There, they discovered the man's body inside the vehicle. The man's identity has not been released. Madison did not provide a cause of death or other details. He also did not indicate whether police suspect foul play was involved.

Intruders Enter Same Occupied Hollywood Home Twice In Three Days
Residents of a gated Hollywood Hills house could not believe it happened again, another intruder prowling inside Wednesday night, just two days after another man had entered an occupied bedroom of the home on Outpost Drive. "You don't know what their intentions are. That's what's so scary," said the homeowner, who identified herself as Lynne. She was upstairs Monday morning when her guests downstairs awoke to a man in their room. "You could not see him, it was that dark," said the resident who identified himself as Jordan. "But you definitely heard the mumbling, and him going back and forth, and the footsteps." 

Man Sentenced For South L.A. Hit-And Run That Killed 5-Year-Old Boy
A Los Angeles man received a year in jail, three years of probation and was ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution Thursday for striking and killing a 5-year-old boy with an SUV in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles last year, officials said. Homer Watford, 21, pleaded “no contest” in November to a felony count of hit-and-run, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license. It was an “open plea,” meaning there was no negotiated plea arrangement involved, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a written statement.

Mother Mourns Son As Arrest Is Made In His Opioid Death
In a first-of-its-kind case, the LAPD arrested a suspected drug dealer tied to the death of a 23-year-old man. The family just wants their son back. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 6 Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
NBC 4 Video

Authorities Hope $20K Reward Will Lead To Killer Of East LA College Athlete
Rewards totaling $20,000 were offered Thursday for information that helps detectives solve the 2016 killing of an East Los Angeles College basketball player who was gunned down just hours after he turned 20. Saieed Stecoo Ivey was fatally shot around 4:30 a.m. June 9, 2016, as he sat in his vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment complex in the 800 block of El Repetto Drive in Monterey Park, Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. "Although it's been a couple of years, it still feels like yesterday to me,'' Sherita Carter, Ivey's mother, said at a news conference Thursday in hopes of publicizing the rewards and generating tips.
FOX 11

Public Safety News

Man Critically Injured When House Explodes In Boyle Heights
A man was critically injured Thursday in an explosion at a single-story home in the Boyle Heights area. The blast occurred around 12:35 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Lorena Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The 45-year-old unidentified man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, the LAFD reported. The nature of his injuries was not immediately disclosed. The home suffered some structural damage to its walls, roof and interior. Adjacent homes were evacuated while crews worked to determine the cause of the blast.
FOX 11

Typhus Outbreak In LA County: How You Can Help Stop The Spread Of The Disease
Los Angeles County is dealing with an outbreak of the flea-borne disease typhus, but there are things you can do to help stop the spread of it. He's supposed to be man's best friend, but dogs are among animals being pegged as the culprits for spreading typhus, a disease that is passed on to humans by way of fleas. Dr. Ying Goh should know. As the health officer for of the city of Pasadena, she's seen the number of confirmed Typhus cases skyrocket in the area. "The fleas bite animals that are infected. They get infected and if they bite you, then you could get ill," Goh said. 

Local Government News

L.A. Prepares To Begin Crackdown On Homeless Camps, Under Fire From Civil Rights Lawyers
Outreach workers went tent to tent early Wednesday with offers of homeless services as the city launched a crackdown on encampments around a new shelter in downtown Los Angeles' El Pueblo historic district. The city plans five-day-a-week cleanups and increased police presence in “special enforcement zones” around a network of 15 shelters it hopes to build by the middle of next year. Wednesday was to have been the first day of the stepped-up enforcement around the first shelter, El Puente, which opened a month ago across from Union Station. But sanitation employees and police who later joined outreach workers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority said they would delay ticketing and aggressive camp clearances until homeless people are educated on the new rules.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander To Vacate His Seat Los Angeles City
Councilman Mitchell Englander said Thursday that he will step down at the end of the year to take a job with a sports and entertainment firm, becoming the second council member in recent years to quit before finishing his term. In the surprise move, Englander, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley, will join Oak View Group in January as its new executive vice president of government affairs. Oak View Group is headed by Tim Leiweke, a former executive at Anschutz Entertainment Group. In a statement, Englander billed it as a chance to work with “some of the most brilliant and well-respected leaders in their industry.”
Los Angeles Times
LA Vows To Clean Filth From More City Streets Los Angeles city work crews were out in force Wednesday morning near downtown LA, as part of a new effort to remove trash and filth from more streets. The effort is part of the city's attempt to stem an outbreak of typhus, a bacterial disease that has infected at least nine people in the downtown area. Typhus causes high fever, rashes, and stomach pain. The action comes in the wake of an NBC4 I-Team investigation that documented how trash, infested with rats and flies, has been piling up since at least May and the city hadn't removed it.


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