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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 1, 2019
Law Enforcement News

‘You Will Always Be My Backup': Slain Washington State Deputy Honored
More than a thousand people, including hundreds of law enforcement officers, gathered Thursday at a memorial service for a Washington state sheriff's deputy who was killed last week by a road rage suspect living in the country illegally. Uniformed officers lined a street and saluted as a white hearse brought the flag-draped casket of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson to Central Washington University in the town of Ellensburg. Bagpipers, drummers and an honor guard of uniformed officers met the casket. Thompson, 42, a graduate of the university, died in a gunbattle March 19 near Ellensburg that also killed the suspect and wounded police Officer Benito Chavez, 22, of the nearby small town of Kittitas. Speakers described Thompson as a courageous hero who loved his community. "We will never be the same," said sheriff's Deputy Ben Corbett, a friend and neighbor. "We enjoyed sharing life with you." Corbett added, "You will always be my backup."
Associated Press

Suspect In Shooting Of Texas Trooper Arrested After Standoff
A SWAT team on Saturday arrested a man suspected of shooting and wounding a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop before holing up in a suburban Dallas apartment for a 15-hour standoff, authorities said. Bryan M. Cahill, of Frisco, was taken into custody shortly after 5 a.m. and was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, Lonny Haschel, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman, said in an email. Once he's able, Cahill, 42, will be jailed on a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer, he said. Authorities say Cahill shot the trooper during a Friday afternoon traffic stop before fleeing to an apartment in Frisco. Haschel said Cahill fired shots at officers multiple times during the standoff, but that no one else was injured. The wounded trooper underwent surgery and doctors said it "went well," Haschel said.
Associated Press

Killing Of Rapper Nipsey Hussle In South L.A. Likely Gang-Related, Source Says
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed Sunday afternoon, shot in broad daylight outside his store in South Los Angeles in a burst of gunfire that left two other people wounded, police said. Hussle, who was known as much for his work in the community as for his music, was hit multiple times about 3:20 p.m. in front of his store, the Marathon Clothing, at 3420 W. Slauson Ave., police said. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 33. Details remain scant, but a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said Hussle was shot by a young man who opened fire at close range and then ran to a waiting getaway car. Based on initial information, the shooter is probably associated with a gang, the source said. At a news briefing, Los Angeles Police Lt. Chris Ramirez described the suspect only as a black male and said he was still at large.
Los Angeles Times

South Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Driver Sought After Striking Bicyclist
Los Angeles police want a suspected hit-and-run driver to turn himself in after striking a bicyclist. Jose Lopez was driving a 2017 Toyota Corolla when he rear-ended the bicyclist traveling eastbound in South Los Angeles at Vernon and Compton avenues shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday. Officers say the victim landed on the street and Lopez took off. So far, police have not been able to find Lopez or the car. The cyclist suffered severe injuries, including a brain bleed and broken back. The LAPD is seeking the public's help in reporting the whereabouts of Lopez. Anyone with information is urged to call police.

Man Detained By Authorities Has No Connection To East Hollywood Rape, LAPD Says
A man was detained by Los Angeles police Friday morning but it was unknown why he was being held. Earlier, police said the man was a person of interest in a search for the suspect in a rape at an East Hollywood Metro station earlier this month. But officials later said he was not related to that crime at all. Police have said the man is being held on unrelated charges but no other details have been released. The search continues for the man who raped, strangled and punched a woman in a secluded emergency stairwell at the Metro Red Line's Vermont/Sunset station located in the 1500 block of North Vermont Avenue, police said.

Police Continue Search For Man Who Attacked Father Of 4 In Dodger Stadium Parking Lot
Police are still looking for a man who attacked 45-year-old Rafael Reyna in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, leaving him on life support with a fractured skull. The suspect, who police believe to be in his 20s, reportedly confronted Reyna as he walked to his car after Friday night's extra innings game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Police believe that the suspect drove off in a white SUV, possibly a Toyota 4Runner. Security at dodger stadium has not been increased since the incident on Friday night. Reyna was walking through the parking lot sometime after 12 a.m. while on the phone with his wife, Christel Reyna. Christel told CBSLA she could hear someone yelling at her husband, and then heard a loud thump. She remained on the phone as strangers tended to Reyna. She could hear one of them saying that he was bleeding.

VIDEO: Suspects Sought In Robbery Attack At South Los Angeles 7-Eleven
Detectives on Saturday are asking for the public's help in identifying three suspects in a robbery and attack at a 7-Eleven in South Los Angeles. The incident happened exactly two weeks ago at the store on Normandie Avenue. The victim was pushed to the back of the store, where he was surrounded, police said. One man punched the victim in the head while the others took his wallet, a gold chain and his shoes. The attackers then took off in a gray compact vehicle. If you recognize these men or their getaway car, you are asked to call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

17-Year-Old Facing Possible Murder Charges In Fatal Crash In Woodland Hills
A 17-year-old boy was arrested and may face murder charges following a crash that left one person dead and several people injured on Friday night in Woodland Hills, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The boy, who has not been identified, is suspected of driving a 2019 Mercedes-Benz recklessly for several blocks before running a red light and crashing into a Toyota Tacoma at the intersection of Winnetka Ave. and Ventura Blvd., police say. The driver of the Toyota, an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Mercedes struck two other cars. The driver and his passenger, also a teenager, were transported to then hospital. One additional driver was treated at the scene and released, police said.

After Recreational Weed Has Been Legal For A Year, Cops Are Still Figuring Out DUIs
A year after recreational marijuana became legal, cops and prosecutors are still dealing with the question: what is considered "legally impaired" when it comes to pot? Point .08 is the limit for drunken driving but testing for marijuana and other drugs that could impair a driver is not as clear cut. Specially trained drug recognition, or DRE officers like Brian Duncan look for clues and things that affect the body differently than alcohol. And while there is not a "legal limit" for pot, Glendale police go one step further to check drivers. NBC4's I-Team went on patrol with officers using unique testing. After a roadside evaluation of a driver, a nurse was called, blood was drawn, and the driver arrested. If they're impaired then they go to jail, officers said.

The Police Chief Who Learned to Listen
American communities with the deepest mistrust in law enforcement are often the same places that experience high rates of gun violence. Academics refer to a community's faith in cops to protect them as “police legitimacy.” When police legitimacy is down, street justice prevails and crimes are harder to solve, which in turn fuels more shootings. Police Chief Eric Jones of Stockton, California, had seen this vicious cycle up close in his earlier days making arrests as an officer. His department's tough-on-crime style of policing didn't seem to be improving public safety; the city was one of the most violent in the country. After Jones was promoted to chief, an Urban Institute survey of Stockton and five other American cities confirmed his fears: Just a third of residents across the six cities said they trusted police; a third felt that police treated residents with dignity and respect; and half felt police acted out of personal prejudice or bias.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Fire Engulfs Nearly 3 Dozen Vehicles At Auto Recycling Yard In Wilmington
A fire erupted Saturday afternoon at an auto recycling yard in Wilmington, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air above Los Angeles Harbor area on Saturday. Nearly three-dozen junked vehicles became engulfed in flames shortly after 1 p.m., prompting a response from the Los Angeles Fire Department. No one was injured, nor were any structures damaged, the LAFD said in a statement. Thirty-six firefighters knocked down the flames within 46 minutes. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

California's Worsening Wildfires, Explained
If it seems that wildfires are burning nearly all the time these days, that there's no longer a definable fire season in California, you're right. Fourteen of the 20 most destructive fires in state history have occurred since 2007, and California has 78 more annual “fire days” now than it had 50 years ago. When 2018 became the worst fire year on record, we accepted a new reality. Now each year could surpass the last, setting records for the size, destruction, cost and loss of life. A state-commissioned report makes the harrowing projection that under current emissions trends, the average burn area in California will increase 77 percent by the end of the century. The state has spent, conservatively, more than $4.7 billion from its emergency fund in the last 10 years to fight fires.

Local Government News

LA Approves Permanent Street Memorial Signs At Sites Of Deadly Bicycle Crashes Around City
Fatal bicycle crashes on L.A. streets have long been marked by so-called ‘ghost bikes', bicycles painted white in memory of a lost life, flanked by flowers and other tokens to form ad-hoc public memorials. They serve as a haunting reminder of the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets, but tend to disappear in time. The L.A. City Council decided to lend permanence to street cyclist memorials on Friday by unanimously passing a proposal to institute some 20 permanent roadside memorial signs per year at the site of deadly bicycle accidents, aiming to literally cement the memory of lives lost and remind drivers to ‘share the road' with cyclists. The effort was led by west San Fernando Valley L.A City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who said he was inspired to pursue the program by LAPD Officer Duc Dao after the death of 15-year-old Sebastian Montero while riding a bicycle in Woodland Hills.
Los Angeles Daily News

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