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January 9, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Camera footage found man fatally shot 2 officers in Miss. shootout
A body camera recording shows a Mississippi man shot two small-town police officers at close range, an investigator testified Tuesday, with the suspect later saying "the cops were caught in my crossfire." Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Agent Luke Harrington testified in a preliminary hearing for 26-year-old Marquis Flowers, who is charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Brookhaven Cpl. Zach Moak and Patrolman James White on Sept. 29. Lincoln County Justice Court Judge Roger Martin ruled there was probable cause to send Flowers' case to grand jurors and denied a request by Flowers' attorney to set bail. Associated Press

Armed Man Escapes After Smash-And-Grab Robbery At Northridge Costco
Authorities are looking for a man who brandished a gun while stealing jewelry from a Costco store in Northridge Monday night. The robbery occurred at 7:10 p.m. at the store located at 8810 Tampa Ave. The armed suspect smashed a glass display case, took jewelry and then ran out, Los Angeles police said. No one was hurt. The sound of the breaking glass was mistaken by shoppers as shots being fired, which created chaos in the store. The aftermath of the robbery was captured by cell phone video. Employees initially detained a suspect at the scene, but realized they had the wrong person and let him go, police said. Investigators are examining surveillance video from the store. CBS 2

VIDEO: Boyle Heights Police Car Chase Ends In Screeching Crash
A suspect crashed an apparently stolen car while being chased by officers in East Los Angeles Tuesday and was being sought. The chase began about 5 p.m. in Boyle Heights and ended about 30 minutes later when the car crashed into at least one parked vehicle in the area of City Terrace Drive and Pomeroy Street in East L.A., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, who appeared to be a man, ran into the neighborhood and was the subject of a perimeter search, police said. Police had earlier said that two suspects were being sought. NBC 4

California Police Unions Are Preparing To Battle New Transparency Law In The Courtroom
Just as a landmark police transparency law is going into effect, some California police agencies are shredding internal affairs documents and law enforcement unions are rushing to block the information from being released. The new law, which begins to unwind California's strictest-in-the-nation protections over the secrecy of law enforcement records, opens to the public internal investigations of officer shootings and other major uses of force, along with confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty. But the lawsuits and records destruction, which began even before the law took effect Jan. 1, could tie up the release of information for months or years, and in some instances, prevent it from ever being disclosed. On Dec. 31, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a temporary stay preventing the Los Angeles Police Department from releasing records under the new transparency law that pertain to events before Jan. 1. The order came as part of a lawsuit by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which argued that the measure, if applied retroactively, would violate officers' privacy rights. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 5. Los Angeles Times

Caught On Video: Cancer Medication Stolen Off Los Feliz Porch
A woman fighting cancer was dealt a low blow when a porch pirate stole her chemotherapy pills right off her front step. Melissa Gelmo is battling multiple myeloma and recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. Her latest dose of medication – worth $19,000 – was delivered to her doorstep Friday. Home security video showed a UPS delivery man dropping it on her doorstep, without getting the required signature. Later in the footage, a second man is seen walking away with the innocuous envelope. “And I look, I see, yes, UPS delivered it here, mailman comes after that,” Gelmo said. “And then, the next clip was a man and his Green Bay Packers hat coming to the porch and taking the medicine.” CBS 2

Man Identified After Human Remains Found Burning In Trash Can
Authorities Tuesday identified a man found dead in a burning trash can in South Los Angeles. The discovery was made at 3:13 a.m. Monday at 8130 South Grand Ave., Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. "An officer observed a trash can fire and when he went to extinguish it he observed human legs,'' Officer Norma Eisenman of Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations said. The man was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Daniel Ramirez, 28, of Long Beach. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (877) LAPD-247. NBC 4

Man Set To Be Arraigned In Taco Stand Crash That Killed 11-Year-Old Girl
Arraignment is set Wednesday for a man accused of driving while under the influence of nitrous oxide and causing a November 2017 crash that killed an 11-year-old girl standing at a Boyle Heights taco stand. Joe Louis Perez, 23, was charged last Oct. 5 with one felony count each of gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, along with allegations of causing great bodily injury. He is accused of being under the influence of nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” around 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 2017, while driving on Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights. According to prosecutors, he crashed his car into a parked vehicle in the 900 block of South Marietta Street, forcing the parked vehicle onto a curb, where it struck a group of people gathered at the taco stand.

After Guilty Verdict, Prosecutors Seek To Strip Mongols Biker Gang Of Trademarked Logo
Federal prosecutors in California pressed ahead with a novel attempt to dismantle an outlaw motorcycle club, arguing to jurors that the group should be stripped of trademarks it owns on its coveted insignia as punishment for operating a criminal organization. Last month, at the end of a lengthy trial, a jury in Santa Ana convicted the Mongols motorcycle club of racketeering and conspiracy charges, finding the group shared responsibility for several violent acts and drug crimes committed by individual Mongol members. Following the guilty verdict, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter had jurors return to court this week to make another decision: Whether the club's insignia was linked closely enough to the crimes to warrant forcing the Mongols to forfeit the group's trademarks to the U.S. government. Los Angeles Times

Honolulu Is Short On Cops — And Seattle Is Poaching
A single exam next month could put dozens of police officers in Hawaii on the path to a significant pay raise. That is, if they move to Seattle. Welcome to today's police recruiting wars. For the first time in more than 15 years, the Seattle Police Department is coming to the islands. On Feb. 27, the Seattle department will offer “lateral” exams in Honolulu for new applicants and veteran officers. The timing is not good for the Honolulu Police Department. At the end of 2018, the HPD had 246 vacancies. “Anytime we lose someone, it's a setback,” said Assistant Chief John McCarthy. Honolulu Civil Beat

The key to bringing down El Chapo? Flipping his IT guy.
In February 2010, Cristian Rodriguez showed up at a Manhattan hotel expecting to attend a business meeting of sorts. An information technology expert living in Colombia, he had previously set up an encrypted communications system for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, making it impossible for law enforcement to eavesdrop on phone calls placed by the alleged leader of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel. Testifying in federal court on Tuesday, FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Marston said the agency had become aware that cartel members were using an encrypted voice-over-Internet system to make phone calls but had been unable to crack the code. Washington Post

Public Safety News

Firefighters' Fateful Choices: How The Woolsey Fire Became An Unstoppable Monster
It was clear from the beginning that the Woolsey fire had the potential to be a monster. It broke out mid-afternoon Nov. 8 on Boeing property near the Santa Susana Pass, fueled by strengthening winds and burning toward populated areas. But during the critical first hours, the Woolsey fire took second priority. Ventura County firefighters were already engaged in a pitched battle with another blaze, called the Hill fire, about 15 miles to the west that had jumped the 101 Freeway and was threatening hundreds of homes and businesses. The Woolsey fire was growing but still far enough from subdivisions that it got fewer resources from Ventura County. Neighboring fire agencies sent some help, but it would take hours before they launched an all-out attack at the fire lines. These turned out to be fateful choices in what would become the most destructive fire in Los Angeles and Ventura county history. Los Angeles Times

Gov. Newsom Proposes New Wildfire Investments, 911 Fee
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state's 911 system. At a fire station in the fire-prone Sierra Nevada foothills, Newsom outlined $105 million in new fire-related spending on top of $200 million approved by lawmakers last year. Clad in jeans and sneakers and surrounded by emergency responders and local leaders, Newsom said it was a symbolic and substantive choice to focus on wildfires on his first full day as governor. “I place no greater emphasis, energy and sense of urgency on the issue of public safety,” he said. KTLA 5

Local Government News

LA Metro Offers Free Rides For LAUSD Students
With the first L.A. teachers' strike in 30 years possibly starting Thursday, L.A. Metro is proposing to offer free rides to students of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students would be able to ride free from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. each strike day under the directive from Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington, in consultation with L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. The full Metro Board will consider the matter at its January 24 meeting if a strike is still underway. "LAUSD is the country's second largest school district with more than 600,000 students. At Metro, we want to help those kids who may be staying home from school because of the strike find constructive and educational ways to spend their time," Kuehl said. NBC 4

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