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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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April 9, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Death Of Milwaukee Officer
A man convicted of leading Milwaukee police on a high-speed chase that resulted in the death of an officer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Ladell William Harrison pleaded guilty in February to six charges in the June 2018 death of Officer Charles Irvine Jr., who was a passenger in a squad car that was chasing Harrison after he fled a traffic stop. The cruiser lost control and rolled several times before landing on its roof. Prosecutors said Thursday that the sentence was needed to send a message to the community that fleeing from police will not be tolerated. The court heard victim statements from Officer Matthew Schulze, who was driving the squad car at the time of the crash, as well as Irvine's family.
Associated Press

Man Accused Of Shooting Louisiana Officer Captured
The Abbeville man accused in the non-fatal shooting of an Abbeville Police officer Wednesday night has been captured. Nahshon Ishmael Brooks, 29, was apprehended in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana State Police Troop I spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen said in a release. He said Brooks was captured around 10 p.m. and will be brought to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center before being transferred to the Vermilion Parish Jail. Brooks was accused of shooting a female police officer following a traffic stop on Alley Street. The suspect reportedly fled on foot toward North Gertrude Street and shot at the police officer as she pursued him.
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

Man, 21, Shot And Killed During Fight In Koreatown
A 21-year-old man was shot and killed during a fight in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday morning. About 10:15 p.m. Monday, officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 400 block of St. Andrews Place and located a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “That victim was non-responsive and was pronounced dead here at the scene,” LAPD Lt. John Radtke told NBC4. The victim and two other friends were approached by a man, who challenged them to a fight and asked them “where are you from,” Radtke said. The victim had no gang ties. The suspect then began fighting with the victim and at one point pulled a weapon and shot the man, identified as Jorge Gracida of Los Angeles, Radtke said.

2 Stabbed In Boyle Heights; Police Search For Attacker
Police are looking for a man they say stabbed two people in Boyle Heights on Sunday night. The attack happened at Soto Street and Wabash Avenue about 9 p.m., said Officer Greg Kraft, a spokesman with the Los Angeles Police Department. The victims did not immediately report the crime, authorities said. The two traveled from Boyle Heights to Monterey Park, where they then called 911. They were taken to a hospital with stab wounds and were listed in stable condition, Kraft said. The attacker fled the scene and officers are still searching for him, police said. Few details about his description were available.

2 Injured As Hollywood Chase Ends In Crash
Three men are in custody after two innocent people were injured as a short police chase ended in a crash in Hollywood on Monday. The suspects fled the scene on foot and police set up a perimeter in the area of Crescent Heights Boulevard and Willoughby Avenue. The incident started just after 3 p.m. when officers began pursuing a reckless driving suspect in the area of Melrose and Hayworth avenues. The driver in a black Mercedes crashed into a Kia and multiple suspects fled on foot. Los Angeles police said two innocent people suffered minor injuries in the crash. They refused medical treatment. Officers searched the neighborhood for the men who fled. The three suspects were later found and arrested without incident, police said.

LAPD Rolls Out New Way To Report Minor Traffic Accidents
The days of calling the police if you are in a non-injury fender bender in Los Angeles could soon be over. That's because the LAPD is rolling out a new way to report a minor traffic accident. LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore called the change long overdue at the Monday press conference at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The key element in the program is that if it is a fender bender and no one is hurt and you can drive your car away or whatever just happened was witnessed by no one else, instead of calling the LAPD they now want you to go online. According to the LAPD, in 2018 their officers responded to misdemeanor traffic accidents where no one was hurt nearly 20,000 times and the average time they spent on the scene questioning and filling out paperwork was nearly two hours per call.

LAPD Chief To Outline New Data Policies

A controversial Los Angeles Police Department program that uses data to identify persons who are most likely to commit violent crimes and was criticized in an audit and by privacy groups will be ended by Chief Michel Moore, according to a memo set to be presented to the Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday. The five-page memo was made publicly available on Friday ahead of the meeting and came in response to a critical audit by Inspector General Mark Smith. The audit found the department's data analysis programs lacked oversight and officers used inconsistent criteria to deem people as "chronic offenders." The overall effectiveness of a component to pinpoint the location of certain property crimes could not be determined, the audit found. In the memo, Moore told commissioners the department will not use programs that fail to produce results. The cancellation of the chronic offender program comes after Moore suspended it in August of last year, and he is expected to also give an oral report to the board outlining his new policies.

LA Nuisance Lawsuit Targets Van Nuys Studio 6 Motel
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office is asking a judge to order the cleanup of a Van Nuys motel where drug-dealing is allegedly ongoing and for a directive requiring three management members to live there until the problems are resolved. The Los Angeles Superior Court nuisance abatement suit was filed Thursday and targets the 60-room Studio 6 motel on Sherman Way and the landlords, BVIV Hospitality Group. For at least 15 years, the property has been a center of violence, crimeand disorder,” the suit states. “In recent years, despite concentrated law enforcement efforts, the crime, violence and disorder at the property has increased in intensity and volume.” A man who answered the phone at the motel today said he was only a front desk employee and that the manager would be the person to address the allegations.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Man Faces Charges After Crashing Into Police Cars, Vehicle With Baby On Board During Chase: DA
A Los Angeles man was charged Monday with felony counts of assaulting a police officer and other charges after allegedly crashing into multiple vehicles during a pursuit last week, including one carrying a baby, prosecutors said. Pharuehat Wilaisophakun, 27, led officers on a chase April 4 after an officer witnessed him get into a crash in a 2018 Prius and he refused to stop in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Speeding as he fled officers, Wilaisophakun was running red lights and weaving in and out of traffic, prosecutors allege. He is accused of ramming three patrol vehicles who tried ending the pursuit by blocking his car. He also crashed into a parked vehicle with a 1-year-old inside later in the chase, which only ended once the Prius collided into a truck and was pinned by police vehicles blocking its path, according to prosecutors.

California Weighs Opposing Plans To Deter Killings By Police
California lawmakers begin battling Tuesday over how to cut down on police shootings as they consider two radically different proposals that have stirred an emotional debate over the safety of both officers and those they're tasked with protecting in the nation's most populous state. A legislative committee is expected to advance a first-in-the-nation measure restricting when police can use deadly force. It faces intense opposition from law enforcement groups, which are urging a different plan requiring that every department have policies on when officers should use de-escalation tactics and other alternatives to deadly force. They blocked a similar Senate-approved bill last year despite nationwide concern over the shootings of young minority men by police. The law enforcement bill enshrines current court standards in state law, allowing officers to use deadly force when they have a reasonable fear of being harmed.
Associated Press

A New Method Of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings
Police found 19 spent shell casings scattered in the San Diego street where Gregory Benton was murdered on April 12, 2014. Benton and his cousin had gone to buy cigarettes, a witness later said. As they returned to a family party, two men pulled up in a car behind them. They got out, and at least one of them opened fire. Witnesses didn't get a good look at the men or the car, so when police sat down to review their leads, the shell casings were the best evidence they had. They sent the casings to the San Diego Police Crime Lab, which just happened to be trying out a new DNA testing technique. Previously, to remove DNA from casings, the lab would moisten a cotton swab and rub it over the metal. But their success rate was less than 1%. This was proving to be a problem for many cities across the country struggling to solve shootings and homicides. Police often find that shell casings they collect from a crime scene are their most valuable evidence.
The Trace

Local Government News

LA City Council Looks To Add Fines For Disabled Placard Misuse
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday will consider an ordinance adding 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.

L.A. Leaders Hold `Census Call To Action' Rally
Los Angeles city and county leaders held a “Census Call to Action” rally in downtown's Grand Park Monday to raise awareness about next year's census in an effort to ensure that hard-to-reach populations are counted. “The 2020 Census is the first census that will be done primarily electronically, creating an additional barrier for low-income families and communities of color. I am concerned that the effort to add a citizenship question may discourage responses, especially among immigrant communities,” county Supervisor Hilda Solis said. “Today was a clear demonstration that L.A. County will work with our municipal and community partners to support our vulnerable communities. We embrace L.A. County's diversity and we will make every effort to count every resident.”

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