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December 5, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police Officer Retention Critical to LAPD's Effectiveness
Imagine Los Angeles with nearly 1,000 fewer police officers. Many neighborhoods would go unpatrolled, crimes would not be investigated and 9-1-1 response times would increase. It's a bleak scenario, but if it weren't for the swift action of Mayor Garcetti to reform the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), that scenario could have become a reality. The Los Angeles Police Protective League and other like-minded public safety unions worked with Mayor Garcetti, City Council President Wesson and the city administration to ensure the DROP program was cost neutral, held true to its original intent and cracked down on those intent on abusing it.
Los Angeles Police Protective League

Member Of 'Texas 7' Gang Executed For Officer's Killing
A member of the notorious "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery nearly 18 years ago. Joseph Garcia received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 2000 shooting death of 29-year-old Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins. Garcia, who was serving a 50-year sentence for murder, was among a group of inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison that month and committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot Hawkins 11 times, killing him. Hawkins had just finished Christmas Eve dinner with his family when he responded to the call about the robbery at a sporting goods store and was ambushed.
Associated Press

3 Men Hospitalized Following Shooting In South Los Angeles
Three men were hospitalized Wednesday, one in critical condition, following a shooting near Manual Arts High School in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles. Officers responded about 10 p.m. Tuesday to an area near the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 40th Place and located the victims, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. One victim was shot in the upper body and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, NBC4 reported. The other two victims suffered gunshot wounds to a leg and were transported to a hospital in unknown condition.

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested After Chase Through LA Streets, Freeways
An armed robbery suspect was arrested Tuesday after leading Los Angeles police on a pursuit that began in San Pedro -- and traveled on multiple Los Angeles-area freeways and city streets. The chase was first reported around 11:30 a.m. of a dark sedan. The male suspect was reportedly wanted for two armed robberies and believed to be armed with a knife. The suspect evaded police, traveling on the 91 and 605 freeways before exiting onto city streets in the Long Beach area. At one point, the suspect could be seen driving on the wrong side of the road into traffic.
FOX 11

Woman Seeks Justice After Her Brother Is Fatally Shot On North Hills Sidewalk
A man who was fatally shot on a sidewalk in North Hills last month was a father of three young children who had befriended some homeless people, according to his sister. Francisco Rodriguez, 24, was found with multiple gunshot wounds near a homeless encampment on Plummer Street under the 405 Freeway overpass on the morning of Nov. 24. LAPD Detective Danielle Tumbleson of Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide said Tuesday that no suspects or motive had been identified in the shooting death. “We're reviewing evidence and video,” she said. Francisco Rodriguez was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk there and was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses saw a heavy-set Latino man flee in a silver or gray sedan.
Los Angeles Daily News

Three Charged In Shooting Deaths Of Two 15-Year-Old Boys
Three people are facing capital murder charges stemming from a May 13 gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles, in which two 15-year-old boys were killed and two other teens were wounded, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Nancy Joanna De La Rocha, 27, and Edwin Federico Loza, 19, both of South Los Angeles, are scheduled to be arraigned today in a South Los Angeles courtroom on two counts each of murder and attempted murder. The two are charged along with Cristian Ivan Macias, 19, who previously pleaded not guilty in the slayings of Lamarrion Upchurch of Long Beach and Monyae Jackson of Los Angeles, along with the shootings of two other 15-year-old boys who were injured by the gunfire.

Father Of 4-Year-Old South LA Girl Charged In Her Death
The father of a 4-year-old girl was charged Tuesday with her death over the weekend in South Los Angeles. Charles Richard Lee, 23, was charged with one count of assault on a child causing death, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Prosecutors said the victim was dropped off at her father's home in the 1500 block of East 42nd Street several weeks ago. Over the course of that time, Lee allegedly physically abused her. On Dec. 2, paramedics were called to the home for a medical issue, where they found the victim in a bathroom. If convicted as charged, Lee faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Pimp Sentenced 281 Years To Life For Sex Trafficking Of Girls As Young As 13: L.A. County DA
A man accused of sexually assaulting or sexually trafficking eight girls as young as 13 years old was sentenced Tuesday to 281 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Raylonzo Roberts, 43, was convicted of 11 felony charges for abusing or trafficking the girls between August 2011 and July 2015, according to prosecutors. He was convicted in October. Evidence presented during the trial showed Roberts had physically assaulted two of the young victims — one for leaving to work for another pimp and another because she didn't make enough money, according to the DA's office.

Bond Denied For 2 SoCal Men Charged In Charlottesville Rally Violence
Federal judges have refused to set bond for two California men charged with inciting a riot and attacking counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Virginia. The Daily Progress reports that Michael Miselis, of Lawndale, and Benjamin Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, remained held without bond following separate court hearings Monday. Authorities say Miselis and Daley were members of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group. Miselis, Daley and two other men were arrested in October on charges stemming from violence that erupted at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

In Major Change, California Sheriff Will Now Release OIS Videos
In a major change in policy, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department announced Monday it will begin releasing videos of officer-involved shootings and other critical incidents involving its deputies. The move, which came on the eve of what was expected to be a contentious public hearing about the sheriff before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, was accompanied by the release of video showing the events preceding the death of Marshall Miles, an unarmed 36-year-old black man who was arrested Oct. 28 and fell into a coma in the jail after struggling with deputies during booking. Miles died in a hospital Nov. 1, and sheriff's officials on Monday released a compilation of closed circuit security camera, in-car camera and hand-held camera footage, the first time the department has released video of a critical incident.
The Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

4-Year-Old Reunites With LAFD Firefighter Who Saved Her Life In Hawaii
A four-year-old girl reunited Tuesday with the Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter and paramedic who saved her life after she drowned in the pool of a Hawaii resort in August. Sophia Rouse, who was then 3 years old, was vacationing with her family in Maui when her mother says she disappeared and then was found unconscious at the bottom of a pool. That's when the firefighter and medic, Daniel Harris who was also on vacation with his family, sprang into action. With his training, Harris pulled Sophia out of the water and was able to help her regain consciousness, the LAFD said. Harris was honored at a fire station in Westchester Tuesday, receiving a special certificate of appreciation for saving Sophia's life. The little girl and her family flew to Los Angeles from Hawaii to attend the event and express their gratitude to Harris.

L.A. County Supervisors Approve $4.5M-Plan To Study ‘New Realities' In Fighting Fires
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $4.5-million plan Tuesday to reduce the strain on the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which responds to devastating incidents such as the Woolsey fire but also provides 24-hour emergency services across the county's 2,300 square miles. The supervisors' plan seeks to educate the public and leaders in the 59 municipalities the department serves about the “new realities” in staffing, equipment and facilities — and to gather their input about their experiences during recent fires. The new effort comes months after the board raised concerns about the department's aging stations and equipment, and weeks after the Woolsey fire burned more than 90,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

How To Sign Up For Emergency Alerts In Your Area
As the region braces for possible rain and flooding, officials are urging residents to be aware and sign for alerts. Here, you can find ways to sign up to get emergency alerts on your phone, by county. Sign up for Alert LA County, which uses telephone companies' 911 database to contact land-lines telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted, to notify residents and businesses about evacuation orders. The Alert LA County system uses geomapping to send alerts to specific neighborhoods.

Local Government News

LA City Council Approves Stricter Laws On Use Of Plastic Straws
The L.A. City Council say it's the last straw...come April. The city council voted 12-to-0, to ban all restaurants from automatically giving its customers plastic straws, starting April 22 on Earth Day. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell is one of the proposal's backers, and said he wants Los Angeles to go further than a bill, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, banning full-service restaurants from automatically giving customers plastic straws beginning Jan. 1. The council's vote specifically directs the Bureau of Sanitation to report back regarding the feasibility of phasing out single-use plastic straws by 2021, and to work with the Department of Disability on methods and approaches to mitigate impacts to the disabled community associated with the phase-out.
FOX 11

L.A. City Council Poised To Reappoint Department Of Water And Power Watchdog
Los Angeles leaders are poised to reappoint Fred Pickel as a watchdog overseeing the Department of Water and Power, against the protests of some environmental and consumer activists who argue that he has failed to speak up for ratepayers. At a Tuesday meeting, a City Council committee focused on energy and environmental issues backed his appointment for a second term as the head of the Office of Public Accountability. The sole vote against the move was Councilman Paul Koretz, who contended that Pickel should undergo a performance review before getting another term. The decision now heads to the entire council, which is scheduled to vote Wednesday on reappointing Pickel.
Los Angeles Times


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