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from LA Police Protective League

February 27, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Sheriff: Deputy Shot In Standoff At Tennessee Home Has Died
Authorities say a sheriff's deputy who was shot during a standoff at a Tennessee home has died. News outlets cite a statement from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office as saying that deputy Steve Hinkle died Tuesday afternoon. The 65-year-old had been at a hospital since he was shot in an exchange of gunfire during the standoff on Saturday. Sheriff Jeff Cassidy promoted Hinkle to sergeant in a private ceremony. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation previously said in a statement that 44-year-old Jackie Scott Pendergrass had barricaded himself in the home and later was found dead inside. The TBI says the deputies had received a request to check on Pendergrass' welfare. It says they returned fire after he shot at them when they initially approached.
Associated Press

North Carolina Deputy Returns To Duty After Recovering From Shooting
Eric Cook Jr., a Harnett County deputy, formally returned to duty on Monday more than 10 months after he was shot in the chest and the face while trying to locate a missing teenager. Cook's fellow deputies, local prosecutors and others from local law enforcement and family gathered for a news conference and ceremony at the Sheriff's Office in which Cook was given a Law Enforcement Purple Heart Medal and pin. These are presented to law officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty. Cook's wife, Melissa, pinned the medal on him. “It has taken a lot of determination and commitment over the last 10 months” to recuperate, Cook said. “I am happy to say I am back to work, full duty and able to continue serving the citizens of Harnett County.”
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Los Angeles Police Union Declines To Appeal Ruling On Disciplinary Records
Leaders of the union representing Los Angeles police officers said Tuesday they have decided against appealing a judge's ruling calling for the public release of internal department records on officer-misconduct cases. Last week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff rejected a bid by the Los Angeles Police Protective League to prevent the release of such records from cases that occurred prior to Jan. 1, when a new state law took effect requiring the documents to be made public. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other counties by law-enforcement unions challenging the release of older records. “As we have stated previously, we believe all police agencies should fully comply with the eligible requests for records,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the LAPPL. “Our concern was strictly limited to protecting the privacy rights of officers for records created prior to the effective date of SB 1421. We will await any future court decisions from various cases being heard throughout the state on this matter.”

What It's Like To Go To School When Dozens Have Been Killed Nearby
Jaleyah Collier had just said goodbye to Kevin Cleveland outside a doughnut shop a few blocks from Hawkins High School on a spring afternoon in 2017. Get home safe, she told him before walking way. Minutes later someone drove into an alley nearby, got out of the car and asked Kevin, 17, and two others about their gang affiliation. The gunman then sprayed them with at least 10 rounds, killing Kevin and injuring the others. Jaleyah, then a high school sophomore, barely had time to grieve when a month later, her best friend, Alex Lomeli, 18, was shot and killed when someone tried to rob a market about a mile from the same high school, located at 60th and Hoover streets. In the early hours of Mother's Day 2018, two other teens Jaleyah was close to, Monyae Jackson and La'marrion Upchurch, were walking home with friends, when they were fatally shot near Dymally High School. Each of Jaleyah's friends was killed within walking distance of public high schools in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times

Daughter Of Man Killed In Alleged Street-Racing Crash In Tarzana Tells Court: ‘Enough Is Enough'
Del Sabzerou's life turned “upside down,” she said, after her father was fatally injured in a high-speed crash with a 16-year-old driver in Tarzana two years ago. At the Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse on Tuesday, where sentencing of defendant Pedram Shayesteh, 18, of Woodland Hills was set to take place, Sabzerou told the court that she regularly has nightmares — “not one night of full sleep” — since her father's death. Shayesteh, who has been in juvenile custody for about a year, was convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter earlier this month over the death of Habib “Harry” Sabzerou, 68, of Encino. Los Angeles police allege that Habib Sabzerou was killed as a result of an illegal street racing crash on Ventura Boulevard involving Shayesteh and a friend in another vehicle on the night of Jan. 2, 2017.
Los Angeles Daily News

Illegal L.A. Marijuana Shops Could Have Water, Power Shut Off
With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in Los Angeles, the City Council moved forward with a plan Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the businesses by shutting off their utilities. The idea of shutting off water and power at illegal pot shops was proposed last year by Councilwomen Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez, and the council voted 13-0 to have the City Attorney's Office draft an ordinance outlining the proposed policy. “Shutting down the utilities for an operation that's illegally operating, it's a no-brainer, it's just that simple,” Martinez said before the vote. “By operating in a community illegally you are creating havoc, you're not playing by the rules, you should get shut down.”
Los Angeles Daily News

CHP Tickets Same Speeding Bay Area Driver Twice In 11 Minutes
One motorist in the Bay Area racked up some hefty fines with unrepentant speeding that got them ticketed twice within 11 minutes on Monday, officials said. Officers first stopped the driver when they were spotted going 90 mph on the westbound 580 Freeway in Tracy, according to images of the tickets California Highway Patrol posted to Twitter. That was at about 12:30 p.m. The person apparently sped away and caught up with a different officer about 15 miles away in Livermore at 12:41 p.m., when they were clocked at 103 mph, CHP said. CHP Officer Tyler Hahn told KTVU in Oakland the tickets would likely cost the driver about $400 to $500 each. “That was an expensive 11 minutes,” Hahn said. The officer also told station the motorist was driving a 2014 Nissan Altima. There was no word on where they were rushing to.

California Lawmakers Considering Lowering Blood Alcohol Limit For Motorists
Lawmakers in California are considering reducing the amount of alcohol you can legally have in your system while driving. Several state lawmakers proposed a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit from .08-perfect to .05-percent. "Lowering the blood alcohol level to .05 will save many lives and this legislation will do that," Senator Jerry Hill said. "Over 100 countries around the world have already gone to a .05 — it saves lives." Senator Hill says 1,000 lives could be saved a year in California if the stricter blood alcohol level is passed. The national transportation safety board has been encouraging states to adopt a 0.5-percent standard since 2013. So far, Utah is the only state in the nation that has adopted the lower limit for all drivers. "When you think of the families and the pain that is caused by those deaths it's incredible and they're all preventable, all preventable," Hill added.
FOX 11

House Slated To Vote On Most Significant Gun Control Bill In Years
The House is slated to vote Wednesday on landmark legislation to require universal background checks for gun sales, a top priority for Democrats. It will mark the most significant gun control vote in years after the Senate failed in 2013 to pass similar bipartisan legislation to expand the federal background check system. It's not the only day this week the House will take up legislation to address gun violence. House Democrats plan to follow Wednesday's vote with another on Thursday for a bill to lengthen the review period for background checks, which is meant as a response to the 2015 shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The universal background checks measure would require background checks to cover sales made at gun shows and over the internet. Current law only mandates federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks before making a gun sale.
The Hill

FBI Reports Overall Crime Declined In First Half Of 2018
The FBI released their Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018 on Monday, reporting an overall crime decline during the first half of last year. The report shows a decline in both violent crime and property crime in 2018 when compared to stats from the first half of 2017. Nearly all offenses in the violent category declined. Robbery decreased by 12.5 percent, non-negligent manslaughter and murder by 6.7 percent and aggravated assault declined by two percent. However, rape increased by 0.6 percent. Data from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide was voluntarily submitted to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program to obtain this information.

Public Safety News

Poisonous Pot Found In Some Los Angeles-Area Stores
Some of the marijuana products sold by Southern California stores and delivery services are loaded with banned toxic chemicals that could make you sick, according to an NBC4 I-Team investigation. “Why would you want to put poison in your body," said Hinaxi Patel, technical director of Brightside Scientific in Long Beach, an independent state-licensed lab that tested the pot products for NBC4. Last July, the state of California put regulations into effect which banned a long list of toxic pesticides from marijuana sold by retail businesses. But lab tests commissioned by the I-Team found those pesticides continue to turn up in some products, in amounts that could make a user sick. Patel explained that some of the banned pesticides could cause serious health problems, especially when they're smoked or vaped, because they go directly into your bloodstream.

30 Harvard-Westlake Students Diagnosed With Whooping Cough Amid Wider L.A. County Outbreak
Thirty students at the private Harvard-Westlake School have recently fallen ill with whooping cough, part of a larger outbreak across Los Angeles County that officials are struggling to contain. The surge of cases at Harvard-Westlake spans the Studio City and Beverly Crest campuses of the school, where 1,600 students are enrolled. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is highly contagious and spread by coughing, sneezing or simply breathing air around an infected person. Young children are vaccinated against pertussis and then given a booster dose around age 11 or 12. L.A. County health officials sent an email to doctors last week warning of three clusters of pertussis in different parts of the county. The advisory stated that 50 people had been sickened in the recent wave.

Local Government News

LA City Council Moves To Add Fines For Disabled Placard Misuse
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to add a monetary civil penalty for anyone caught misusing a disabled parking placard. The City Council adopted a resolution in 2013 prohibiting the use of a disabled parking placard or special license plate that -- according to DMV records -- had been lost, stolen, surrendered, canceled, revoked or expired, or was issued to a person who has been deceased for more than 60 days. The resolution also prohibited the use of a disabled placard or special license plate when not transporting the individual to whom the placard or license plate was issued.

California Needs To Boost Education Spending, Says LA City Council
A little over a month removed from a strike by the Los Angeles teachers union, the City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution calling for California public schools to be funded at the national average or higher by the year 2020, and at a level that is equal to or above the average of the top 10 states nationally by 2025. The resolution approved on a 12-0 vote puts the council on record as officially supporting any legislative or administrative action at the state level that would help achieve the goal. According to the resolution, California ranks 45th nationally in the percentage of taxable income spent on education, 41st in per-pupil funding, 45th in pupil-teacher ratios and 48th in pupil-staff ratios. California funds schools at roughly $1,961 per student less than the national average, which translates to $3,462 per student when adjusted for California being a high-cost state, and California trails the average of the top 10 states by almost $7,000 in per-pupil funding, the resolution says.
Los Angeles Daily News

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