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Police Protective League
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rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

February 8, 2019

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Chief Defends Metro Division After Controversy Over Stops Of Black Drivers
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore defended his elite Metropolitan Division officers at a law enforcement conference Thursday, saying they were not engaged in racial profiling despite a Times investigation showing that they pulled over a disproportionate number of black drivers. He also said he will meet with community leaders, some of whom have called for Metro to pull out of South Los Angeles, to reassure them that officers are abiding by the Constitution and that the LAPD is committed to youth programs and other ways of preventing crime. In a written statement, the Los Angeles Police Protective League described demands from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and others for Metro to withdraw from South L.A. as “criminal coddling.” The union, which represents rank-and-file officers, “stands by the work of our Metro officers and we stand by the residents of South LA who want a safe place to live, work and raise a family,” the statement said. The Times investigation also drew the attention of U.S. Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein. In remarks to conference attendees, Rosenstein said he was “disappointed” to hear about the Times investigation, which he called a “misleading statistical analysis” and “not an accurate reflection of what officers are doing.” “I would caution our political leaders — don't jump to conclusions based on things you read in the newspaper, based on hearsay reports,” Rosenstein said. “Because those officers, the Metropolitan unit in particular, I know is tasked with doing work that is critically important to accomplish crime reduction. Not just random policing, but identifying where the crime problems are and focusing their efforts on those areas.”
Los Angeles Times

Man Charged In Silver Lake Hit-and-Run That Killed Mom Collecting Recycling For Daughter's College Funds: LAPD
A man released after being arrested in connection with the death of a 57-year-old woman in a hit-and-run in Silver Lake has been charged in the case, police said Thursday. Freddy Prieto, a 47-year-old Norwalk man, is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing property damage after Christina Garcia was fatally struck in the early morning of Jan. 16, Los Angeles police said in a news release. Garcia, a wife and mother of three, was killed while taking her usual morning walk along the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue at about 6 a.m. Her family said she'd taken the route for 15 years and on that day, as she had often done, was stopping to collect any recyclables she saw to help fund her daughter's college tuition.

Stolen Vehicle Suspect In Custody Following Pursuit In San Fernando Valley

The driver of a suspected stolen Ram pickup truck led authorities on a pursuit on the 118 freeway from the San Fernando Valley late Thursday night. The pursuit at times traveled on several freeways, surface streets, and ultimately, the 118 freeway. The chase ended in the Arleta area after the suspect crashed into a parked car in a cul-de-sac, took off on foot, and was taken into custody at a nearby home. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Palmdale. No further details were immediately known.
FOX 11

Vehicle Plows Into Challenge Of Faith Church In South L.A.; Driver Sought
A driver who crashed into a church in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles is being sought Friday morning. Challenge of Faith Church Deacon Alex Wynn said he received a call about 1 a.m. informing him that alarms were going off at the church. “When I arrived down here there was an SUV in the side of the building,” Wynn said. No one was inside the church, which located in the 1000 block of East Manchester Avenue, when the vehicle struck. Video from inside the damaged building showed debris strewn between the pews in the back of the church. The rest of the building was OK, Wynn said.

LAPD Task Force Cracks Down On Speeding Drivers
A special police task force is now in place to crack down on speeding drivers in Los Angeles, and they're also looking out for distracted motorists. Ellina Abovian reports from Mid-Wilshire for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Feb. 7, 2019.
KTLA 5 Video

Police Seek Help In Locating Missing Infant
Police Thursday sought the public's help in locating a 6-month-old boy whose incarcerated parents' last known address was a family shelter in Culver City. The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services reported Jacsun Manson missing on Jan. 25, according to Culver City police Lt. Troy Dunlap. “Jacsun's parents were recently arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department,” he said. “At the time of their arrest, the parents were not with Jacsun.” According to witnesses, the infant was last seen on Dec. 31 with his parents, prior to when they were taken into custody, Dunlap said. The parents — identified as Adam Manson and Kiana Williams — were arrested Jan. 3 after being found in a stolen car and are jailed in Los Angeles County, he said.

'Master Herbalist' On Trial In Diabetic LA Boy's Death For Convincing Family To Not Use Insulin
On the Friday before 13-year old Edgar Lopez's death, he'd grown weak and couldn't keep food down. By Sunday morning, Edgar wasn't moving, his eyes were fixed in place, his skin was cold and he was barely breathing. Edgar's father broke down sobbing at times on the witness stand Wednesday as he recounted the heartbreaking final days of his youngest son. "He was a very playful child, very smart, very loving, sweet to us and others," said Edgar's father Delfino Lopez Solis. Edgar's August 2014 death is the focus of the trial of self-described "Master Herbalist" Tim Morrow. Morrow, 84, is charged with child abuse resulting in death and practicing medicine without a license. Morrow has pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges. If he's found guilty, he could face up to two years in prison. 

Guilty Pleas Expected In Federal Misbranded Drugs Cases In Los Angeles
Three people and four companies have agreed to plead guilty in Los Angeles to federal criminal charges related to the illegal importation and sale of $11 million worth of pharmaceutical-grade erectile dysfunction drugs that were falsely marketed as herbal remedies for men, it was announced Thursday. Jin Su Park, 40, of Hacienda Heights agreed to plead guilty in Los Angeles federal court at a future date to felony counts of importing contraband into the United States and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Park's Rowland Heights-based company, RNG Global Management and Trading Group Inc., is also expected to enter guilty pleas to federal counts of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.

6 People Held In A Drug-Smuggling Operation From Los Angeles To Australia
Federal authorities seized more than 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin hidden in two containers that were being shipped to Australia from the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport, officials announced Thursday. Six people, two Americans and four Australians, with ties to a transnational crime syndicate based in the U.S. were arrested by Australian Federal Police in connection with the shipment, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The drugs were concealed in dozens of metal boxes that were declared as “single loudspeakers,” CBP said. But the containers actually held 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 56 pounds of cocaine and about a dozen pounds of heroin. Authorities discovered the drugs on Jan. 11, touting the seizure as having dealt a “significant blow” to the criminal group behind the shipment.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Customers Flee Glassell Park Goodwill Over Concern For Noxious Smell, But No Hazardous Substance Found: LAFD
A Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Glassell Park was evacuated on Thursday after customers and employees became concerned about a smell that caused a hazardous material team to respond. The nuisance smell was reported just after 1 p.m. at the nonprofit's location at 3150 N. San Fernando Road, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. Before fire officials could arrive on scene, both the shoppers and workers at the store had removed themselves from the building. Firefighters later went through the store to confirm no one was left inside, LAFD said. Six people with various minor complaints were medically evaluated, but each declined to be transported for further medical attention, officials said.

City Worker Infected In LA Typhus Outbreak
An LA city hall worker has been infected with typhus in an outbreak that has been plaguing downtown Los Angeles for months. Typhus is typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rats, cats and opossums. Fox 11 obtained a video from the Office of LA City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez showing screaming staffers trying to catch a rat back in August 2018. It got away but staffers say they have seen many rodents. In October 2018, health officials announced there was a typhus outbreak in LA County including in the downtown areas that included Skid Row where an estimated 2,000 homeless people sleep. Typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache and rashes in people and can be treated with antibiotics.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Los Angeles County Homeless Shelters Open Earlier To Keep People Safe From Cold Temps
With overnight temperatures dropping into the 30s in parts of Los Angeles County this week, the 15 homeless shelters run by the county saw 90 percent capacity Tuesday night. That comes out to about 1,200 beds. Even with other shelters, there's not nearly enough beds for the county's 52,000 homeless population. "There's always great concern when the temperature drops because people on the streets - they're exposed...What we've done is we coordinate with the county office of emergency management. If the temperature in any two consecutive days during the day goes below 50 degrees, or at night below 40 degrees, we activate our winter shelter round-the-clock operations," said Tim Waldman, with the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority.

LA County Exploring New Stand-Alone Department To Solely Serve Seniors
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore the feasibility of a new department focused solely on serving older adults, potentially including Los Angeles city services. Supervisor Janice Hahn recommended the stand-alone department, suggesting it might be dubbed Seniors Advancing Gracefully Everywhere or SAGE. She said she wanted to focus on the strength, wisdom and dignity of seniors. "I personally don't like the word aging," Hahn said. "We are growing older, there's nothing wrong with that." By 2030, the population of seniors is expected to outnumber the population of children for the first time in U.S. history, according to U.S. Census projections. Hahn said county efforts to serve seniors were fragmented and lacked an overarching strategy.

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