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January 28, 2019

Law Enforcement News

The LA Times Metro Story: Some Missing Context
The January 24  L.A. Times  article “‘Stop-and-frisk in a car:' Elite LAPD unit disproportionately stopped black drivers data shows,” is the epitome of cherry-picking data to align with a preconceived false narrative. That false narrative, promulgated by the  Times  and its deliberate omission of important contextual data, admittedly zero evidence and any semblance of fair analysis, is designed to paint Metropolitan Division officers as racists who randomly stop black drivers. That reckless charge is offensive, it's not true and is one of the worst kinds of lies anyone can tell. Let's be very clear. Los Angeles police officers target behavior, not skin color.
Los Angeles Police Protective League

Trial Date Set For Accused Palm Springs Cop Killer
A trial date for March 8 was set Friday for a man accused of fatally shooting two Palm Springs police officers in late 2016. John Hernandez Felix, 28, is accused of gunning down veteran training Officer Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and rookie Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, on Oct. 8, 2016, after they responded to a family disturbance call at his home. Testimony at a prior court hearing indicated the 911 call that preceded the gunfire was sparked by a fight between Felix and his sister over a remote control device. Felix is accused of opening fire on Vega, Zerebny and a third officer through the metal screen door of his home as they approached. He also allegedly fired on five of their colleagues who responded to the shooting, none of whom were struck by the gunfire.

7 Friends, Relatives Of Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Central Valley Officer Are Indicted
Seven friends and relatives of a Mexican national charged with the shooting death of a Northern California police officer have been indicted on federal charges for allegedly helping him evade capture, federal officials said Friday. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said a federal grand jury on Thursday indicted the five men and two women with charges of “conspiring to harbor an alien” for helping Gustavo Perez Arriaga, who is in the country illegally. The seven defendants conspired to help him evade capture after he fatally shot Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh during a traffic stop on Dec. 26, federal prosecutors said. He was arrested two days later as he prepared to flee to Mexico, authorities said. Perez Arriaga's two brothers, Adrian Virgen-Mendoza and Conrado Virgen Mendoza, his girlfriend, Ana Cervantes-Sanchez, and four friends, Erik Razo Quiroz, Erasmo Villegas-Suarez, Bernabe Madrigal-Castaneda and Maria Luisa Moreno transported and housed Perez Arriaga and gave him clothes, money, and a new cellphone. They also allegedly hid his pickup truck and made plans to smuggle him to Mexico.

Three People Injured In Harbor City Shooting
Police are investigating a shooting in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles Saturday that injured three people. The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. in the 1500 block of West 261th Street. Authorities did not release the identities of the victims but said all three of them were in stable condition at the hospital. No arrests have been made and no suspect description has been released by police.
FOX 11

Pursuit Of Possibly Stolen Acura Begins In Pacoima, Ends In NoHo Arts District Crash
The driver of a possibly stolen car led police on a chase Friday morning from Pacoima to the NoHo Arts District that ended in a crash with another vehicle. About 12:15 a.m., officers spotted the silver Acura Integra with paper plates near San Fernando Road and Montague Street, and the driver refused to stop, leading police on chase south on San Fernando Road before turning south onto Vineland Avenue, where he collided with another vehicle at Vineland and Magnolia Boulevard about 12:20 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver ran from the vehicle but was quickly taken into custody on suspicion of felony evading, police said. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was not arrested. No injuries were reported. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Los Angeles Daily News

Family Of Missing LA Woman Asking Community For Help Finding Her
The family of a missing LA woman is asking for help in tracking her down. Alexis Chapman, 26, was last seen on Jan. 12, 2019. in Woodland Hills. She hasn't been heard from since. She is described as an African American woman with black hair, brown eyes, 5-feet, 3-inches tall, approximately 130 pounds. Authorities believe Chapman is driving a 2015 BMW X1/SUV with the license plate number: 8GLX989. Her mother flew out to LA from New York to assist in the search for her daughter. Anyone who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.
FOX 11

NRA Seeks To Topple 2 Strict California Gun Laws
More than two years after California voters made it illegal to possess high-capacity gun magazines commonly used in mass shootings, the National Rifle Association has tied the measure up in court. Now the gun lobby has set its sights on a nearly 2-decade-old law that banned the sale of those devices in the state. That law, which took effect in 2000, has made it illegal to buy or sell magazines that can hold more than 10 cartridges. Proposition 63, sponsored by then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and approved by the voters in 2016, would require anyone who owns the magazines to turn them in, send them out of state or remake them to comply with the law. If the NRA succeeds in killing one or both measures, they would be the organization's first victories in a lengthy California campaign against some of the nation's strictest gun-control laws. 
San Francisco Chronicle

More Police Departments Are Getting Drones. Here's How They're Using Them
Hovering five feet above the ground, the black and white drone awaited instructions. With a flick of a control stick by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, the little machine darted ahead to over a grassy stretch with a smoking trash can to get a look inside. Dangerous chemical spill or small fire? The deputy, via a screen attached to the controller, peaked inside the can. Then the sheriff's drone, which officials prefer to call a “small unmanned aircraft,” zoomed back to the launch pad during the exercise with eerie precision. Besides “RESCUE” in red lettering on its plastic shell, the drone isn't much different than what any amateur could buy online.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect In 5 Louisiana Shooting Deaths Caught In Virginia
A man suspected of killing his parents and three other people - including a girl he was dating - has been captured after an intense manhunt spanning several states, authorities in Louisiana said Sunday. Dakota Theriot, 21, was located in Virginia early Sunday after fleeing the day before, according to a statement by Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre and Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard. Theriot was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The statement said he will be brought back to Ascension Parish to be booked on two counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, and illegal use of weapons. Authorities said Theriot first shot and killed three people - the woman believed to be his girlfriend, her brother and father - in Livingston Parish before taking her father's truck, driving to neighboring Ascension Parish, and shooting his parents.
Associated Press

Why Are Hate Crimes On The Rise?
According to FBI data released in 2018, hate crimes rose by 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year. It was the third straight year showing an increase in hate crimes. The offenses were most commonly motivated by hatred over race, ethnicity or ancestry. Nearly a fifth of the offenses were motivated by hatred over religion. Sexual orientation and gender identity hatred were also listed as biases motivating criminal acts. In this week's podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the FBI's findings, and explore reasons why the reporting of hate crimes is seemingly on the rise.
Policing Matters Audio

Public Safety News

119 Flu Deaths Reported This Influenza Season In California, Including 60 People Under 65 Years Old
As flu illnesses began sweeping across the nation in the last few weeks, health officials maintained that this year's influenza season would most likely be milder than last year's — but new data show the number of deaths linked to the flu is higher than in previous years. In the last flu season, so many people fell ill that hospitals overflowed with patients and ran out of medicines. Some experts said the nationwide death toll in the 2017-2018 season — 79,400 — was second only to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. But California officials said Friday that 119 people have died of flu this season.

Wildfire Prevention: Can California Make Up Ground Lost To Shutdown?

President Trump made a commitment last month to reduce wildfire danger across the West, rolling out an ambitious, if uncertain, executive order that demands more aggressive management of the nation's forests. The order, which calls for a big boost in logging, grows out of the president's repeated claims that the deadly fire season in California last year was due to the state's failure to tame its overgrown woodlands. The week that Trump visited the ruins of the Camp Fire in Butte County, he even threatened to halt disaster funding if the state didn't “remedy” the situation. As it turns out, the more immediate risk to forest health and fire prevention is probably not California, but the monthlong shutdown of the federal government.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

Valley L.A. City Councilman Wants Criminal Charges Against People Who Camp, Dwell In City's Rural Brush Areas
Just two months after a wildfire destroyed hundreds of structures and forced mass evacuations, affecting thousands of residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, a San Fernando Valley L.A. City Councilman has rolled out a proposal he hopes will prevent wildfires. A motion introduced Jan. 15 by City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, calls to criminally charge individuals who will camp or dwell in brush areas that are prone to wildfires. “All it takes is one little campfire and we can have another Woolsey Fire,” he said. “We need to do a lot of things to protect ourselves.” Blumenfield said the Woolsey fire in November forced many evacuees from neighboring communities into his district, which includes Reseda, Canoga Park, Tarzana, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.
Los Angeles Daily News

Metro Board Approves Pilot Program To Decriminalize ExpressLanes
The Metro Board of Directors approved a proposal Thursday to enact a one-year pilot program to test decriminalizing the I-110 and I-10 ExpressLanes. Currently, Metro's ExpressLane model requires every user to have a transponder installed in their vehicle, but if they do not, cameras take photos of the car's license plate and send the driver a $25 fine in the mail. If a California Highway Patrol officer pulls over a car in the ExpressLane without a transponder, the driver can get a $250 citation. “Using our ExpressLanes can be daunting to someone who is not a savvy ExpressLane driver,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who introduced the proposal.

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