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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 10, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Trial Nears For Man Accused Of Gunning Down 2 Palm Springs Officers
With opening statements looming in the trial of a man accused of killing two Palm Springs police officers, a prosecutor said Tuesday she plans to introduce evidence of past contacts between the defendant and police, suggest they could point to a possible motive for the 2016 shooting. John Hernandez Felix, 28, is charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, with special circumstance allegations of killing police officers and committing multiple murders, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. During a motions hearing on Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Michelle Paradise said she hopes to present evidence during the trial of two past contacts between Felix and Palm Springs police that could suggest a “motive to plan and intentionally make a choice” to fire at officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at Felix's mother's house on Oct. 8, 2016, in the 2700 block of Cypress Avenue.

Chicago Police Release Video Amid Concerns About Officer Suicides
Chicago police Officer Cory Chapton says he finished work one day around 2 p.m., got into his car outside the West Side's Harrison District station and sat in the parking lot for hour after hour “contemplating how do I get rid of this pain?” He thought about ending his suffering as the afternoon stretched into the evening and then into the following morning. It wasn't until 5 a.m. that he drove off. Fifteen hours had passed. “I'm done. I'm tired. I don't want to deal with this no more,” Chapton recounts in a new video produced by the Chicago Police Department. “You get to that point that,” says Chapton, pausing for several seconds, “just end it all. Forget it.” The video, produced as part of a series aimed at encouraging officers to seek mental health support, comes as the department confronts a cluster of seven officer suicides since July.
Chicago Tribune

5 Shot, Killed Across Los Angeles Since Saturday
Five people have been killed in shootings since Saturday amid a rise in deadly violence across Los Angeles. Most of the violence has been concentrated in the South L.A. area, where a man in his 40s was killed on a sidewalk at Florence and Western just before midnight. A woman waited nearby anxiously for fear that the man was her brother. “This is tragic,” LAPD Capt. Billy Brockway said. “Someone losing their life is tragic.” In Koreatown, a man was shot to death while arguing and fighting with another man and a woman. Police officers from the LAPD's 77th Division were involved in a standoff with a man inside a car linked to a murder Saturday in the 6400 block of South Victoria. The driver has since surrendered as is being questioned. The night before, a gunman on a white bicycle rode up to a man at Main and 33rd streets and opened fire. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital. The murderous trend seems to all be part of the recent spike in deadly violence that also killed rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

LAPD, Community Step Up To Buy New iPhone For Family Whose 15-Year-Old Was Beaten For One
In a surprise move to restore an autistic teen's faith in law enforcement and make him whole again after his cell was stolen in a brutal attack, a15-year-old gratefully accepted a replacement phone made possibly by generous community donations and the efforts of police officers at the Topanga Community Police Station. Anthony, who police said was a victim of a savage beating and a robbery by two alleged gang members in front of his 8-year-old twin sisters just a few houses from where he lived in Canoga Park, was accompanied by them and their mother on Tuesday on the pretense of getting a tour of the station. Within 48 hours of putting out a message on social media about the attack and loss, police officials raised the $500 required to buy a refurbished iPhone. “I'm glad I was given back what was taken from me that day. Thank you very much,” said Anthony, whose family's name was being withheld. “I hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver At Large After Killing Woman In Hit-and-Run In South L.A.: Police
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a woman on foot early Tuesday morning in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles, officials said. The collision on Central Avenue, at the intersection with 91st Street, was reported at about 5:55 a.m., L.A. Police Officer Jeff Lee said. The victim, a black woman around 60 years old, was walking across 91st in an unmarked crosswalk when she was killed, Lee said. The vehicle that hit her while traveling south on Central did not stop to check on her or render aid, according to Lee. Investigators are now working to piece together a description of the suspect vehicle. It was unclear whether any surveillance cameras captured the crime.

LAPD Ends Effort To Predict Who Will Commit Crime
A controversial Los Angeles Police Department program that uses data to identify individuals who are most likely to commit violent crimes will be ended by Chief Michel Moore, according to a memo presented Tuesday to the Board of Police Commissioners. 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, which 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. The cancellation of the chronic offender program comes after Moore suspended it in August of last year.

Video: Police Seek Multiple Suspects In Two Van Nuys Burglaries

Police released surveillance footage of a group of thieves suspected of burglarizing at least two Van Nuys homes in March, and asked for the public's help in tracking them down on Tuesday, April 9. Investigators believe between five and eight men got away with cash, jewelry and other valuables after breaking into a home on the 13800 block of Bessemer Street on Friday, March 29; and then another residence that evening on the 6000 block of Varna Avenue, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday. It said part of the group gained entry into the Varna Avenue residence by smashing a back window, left the building with stolen items in a late model black Chevy Malibu, then came back in a black Ford Explorer and white Chevy van with additional suspects.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gang Member Pleads Guilty In 2014 Boyle Heights Firebombing That Targeted African American Residents: DOJ
The lead and final defendant indicted in a 2014 firebombing attack that aimed at driving away African American residents from a Boyle Heights housing project has pleaded guilty, officials announced Tuesday. Carlos Hernandez, 34, admitted to leading seven fellow members of the Big Hazard street gang in setting fire to four apartments at the Ramona Gardens development the night of May 11, 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. African American families, including women and children sleeping at the time of the incident, lived in three of the units, authorities said. The group smashed the residences' windows and hurled Molotov cocktails inside, causing multiple fiery explosions, according to officials. Nobody was hurt as firefighters responded to several 911 calls and managed to quickly put out the flames, the L.A. Fire Department said at the time.

When It Comes To Digital Evidence, Body-Worn Cameras Are Only The Beginning
Agencies that have deployed body-worn cameras have discovered that the pitfalls of a BWC program most often lie not with the devices the officers use in the field, but with managing the video and other digital records the devices create. Video files can be huge compared to most other computer records, and storage is expensive and cumbersome. Keeping the video data accessible and connected to other case data is often problematic, as the video and other data frequently reside within separate systems or even separate storage devices. This is where a unified digital evidence management system, such as Command Central Vault from Motorola Solutions, can be a force multiplier for law enforcement.

Public Safety News

Paramedics Respond To Boyle Heights Grade School After Students Eat Pot Edibles: LAFD
Paramedics were called to a grade school in Boyle Heights after several students there consumed marijuana edibles on Tuesday, officials said. Authorities were called just after 3 p.m. about the incident on the 1200 block of South Soto Street, where the Endeavor College Preparatory and Arts in Action charter schools are both located, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said. The pot products were eaten by as many as seven students, firefighters said. Administrators believe an eighth grade student at Endeavor College Preparatory brought the edibles to school and shared them, Edward Morris, the school's executive director, said in a statement. Three ambulances responded, but none of the youths were displaying symptoms and no one was taken to the hospital, according to Prange and an LAFD alert.

Local Government News

LA Hikes Penalty For Disabled Parking Placard Abuse
To $1,100 The penalty for misusing disabled parking placards was hiked from $343 to a whopping $1,100 by the Los Angeles City Council. The fine, which is the maximum allowed by the state, was more than doubled Tuesday as part of the city's crackdown on misused disabled parking placards. As recently as February, investigators from the California DMV cited 15 out of 195 drivers contacted for misusing disabled parking placards. The DMV says they have found 1,248 disabled person placards being misused since July 2018. Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield said the DMV caught 345 people abusing the placards over four days of the LA County Fair in September.

L.A. City Council Joins Call To Boycott Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Hills Hotel
The Los Angeles City Council joined a call to boycott the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel, both owned by the government of Brunei, due to anti-gay measures in the tiny kingdom making homosexual sex and adultery punishable by death. A resolution outlining a ban and denouncing the country's laws was introduced by City Councilman Paul Koretz and approved on a 12-0 vote. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah recently announced that, effective April 3, anyone charged with adultery or homosexuality will be stoned to death in accordance with sharia law. The resolution, which needs to be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to become official, says the city will refrain from conducting business at the two hotels, including participating in any event or other business that requires city resources; and officially discourages all city employees and residents from staying at or attending any functions at either of the hotels unless and until the government of Brunei repeals "these cruel and inhumane laws."
FOX 11

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