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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 11, 2019
Law Enforcement News

What's the best way to reduce police use of force?
Listen in as LAPPL Director Robert Harris discusses with Dr. Drew and Leeann Tweeden on how to make interactions between police officers and the community safer, and why AB 392 is the wrong solution to address this issue.
Dr. Drew Midday Live

Drunk Driver Charged With Murder In Death Of California Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Licon
A Riverside County man was charged with murder on Wednesday in the death of a California Highway Patrol Sergeant who was struck by a vehicle on the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore on Saturday, authorities said. Michael Joseph Callahan, 36, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Licon. Callahan pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Wednesday afternoon. His next court appearance is May 16. The fatal collision happened Saturday afternoon after Sgt. Licon had stopped a 2017 Chrysler 300 for a traffic violation. The Chrysler and Sgt. Licon's CHP motorcycle were stopped on the freeway's right shoulder. Authorities said Callahan's car was traveling along the right shoulder, not in the designated freeway lanes when Sgt. Licon was struck. Sgt. Licon was transported by medical helicopter to Inland Valley Medical Center in nearby Wildomar where he died from his injuries. He was a 27-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol.
FOX 11

Thousands Honor Fallen Maine Police Detective
Approximately 3,000 people filled the Portland arena for Maine State Police Detective Ben Campbell's memorial service. The state trooper was killed Wednesday when two wheels detached from a passing logging truck and one hit the officer on the side of Interstate 95 in Hampden, where Campbell was helping a motorist who'd gone off the road in that morning's snowstorm. Col. John Cote, commander of the Maine State Police, said Campbell's unwavering “positive outlook” helped “others see the light in some of our darkest days.” “His constant smile, genuine compassion for people and his respect for them was evident to those he dealt with,” he continued.
Bangor Daily News, Maine

LAPD Officer Ken Lew On Starting Organization That Helps Families In Need
After patrolling the streets of Los Angeles for more than two decades, Officer Ken Lew saw a lot of families and crime victims in need. In 2014 he decided to start a nonprofit organization to help out those families. Badge of Heart has provided food, clothing, housing assistance and baby essentials to families. The organization is also hosting its first BBQ event Sunday to raise funds for the family of CHP Sgt. Steve Licon, who was killed in the line of duty in Riverside County last week. For more information about Lew's organization and details on how to donate to the cause, visit

VIDEO: LAPD Officers Pull Man From Burning Sylmar Home
Dramatic new body camera video shows Los Angeles Police Department officers rushing into danger to pull a man from a burning house. The Mission area officers came across the burning home in Sylmar, learning someone was inside. Faced with flames, smoke and clutter, the officers get inside and locate the man before they pull him to safety. It's unclear what caused the fire.

Nipsey Hussle Memorial: LAPD And Nation Of Islam Will Provide Security
There will be extensive security presence at the memorial at Staples Center for Nipsey Hussle on Thursday as well as a procession from the memorial through the streets of South L.A. The Los Angeles Police Department will pull in officers from divisions across the city to maintain a peaceful and respectable memorial event, officials said. The police presence, according to officials, will be substantial but mostly for traffic and peacekeeping if needed. Hussle was fatally shot outside his store March 31. A memorial several days later ended in violence, with several people injured, including two women who suffered gunshot wounds. Staples Center officials are asking that people without tickets to the memorial not come to the arena or L.A. LIVE because there will no access to the area without a ticket. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with the memorial to begin at 10 a.m.
Los Angeles Times

Driver Sought In L.A. Hit-and-Run That Left Woman Badly Injured
Police are asking the public's help in finding a man who they say struck and seriously injured a young woman, causing her to lose one of her legs, before abandoning his SUV and fleeing the scene last month. Paulino Diego Pedro, 30, was spotted in surveillance video ditching his vehicle and running away a few blocks away from the scene of the collision, which took place about 3:20 p.m. on March 22 at Jefferson Boulevard, just east of San Pedro Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. But he remained at large Wednesday. The 20-year-old woman struck in the hit-and-run suffered injuries including "several fractures throughout her body" and had to have her right leg amputated, according to police and family.

Man Convicted In Chinatown Double Murder In L.A. Faces Life In Prison
A 39-year-old man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him Tuesday in the murders of two men stabbed at a Chinatown social club. After deliberating for an hour and a half, the jury convicted Vinh Dao of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors did not seek it. On Jan. 26, 2017, Dao went to Hop Sing Tong, a 143-year-old Chinatown social club popular among older Chinese immigrants, and disrupted a mah-jongg game, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Authorities have previously said that Dao demanded $400 to retrieve his impounded vehicle. He was apparently upset with the club, which often gives immigrants money for emergency financial issues, because he felt they hadn't given him enough to get his car back. Dao started arguing with Kim Kong Yun, 64, before stabbing him to death, according to court testimony. He then stabbed Joe Hoe “Tony” Young, also 64, when Young tried to help Yun.
Los Angeles Times

California Seeks Death Penalty In ‘Golden State Killer' Case
California prosecutors announced Wednesday they will seek the death penalty if they convict the man suspected of being the notorious “Golden State Killer” who eluded capture for decades. The move comes less than a month after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on executing any of the 737 inmates on the nation's largest death row. Newsom's reprieve lasts only so long as he is governor and does not prevent prosecutors from seeking nor judges and juries from imposing death sentences. Prosecutors from four counties briefly announced their decision during a short court hearing for Joseph DeAngelo. He was arrested a year ago based on DNA evidence linking him to at least 13 murders and more than 50 rapes across California in the 1970s and '80s. He stood expressionless in an orange jail uniform, staring forward from a courtroom cage, as prosecutors from Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Orange and Ventura spoke.
Associated Press

Illinois Lawmakers Want To Fingerprint Gun Buyers
Spurred by revelations that the gunman who killed five people at an Aurora manufacturing plant in February was able to buy his weapon despite a felony conviction, Illinois Democrats are moving to extend the use of fingerprint background checks for gun buyers. Three bills filed in the Illinois General Assembly would require authorities to collect fingerprints from people applying for state gun licenses or, alternatively, allow people seeking a state Firearms Owner's Identification card to provide their fingerprints to the Illinois State Police as part of their background checks. The latest was introduced this week by state Representative Kathleen Willis. It's part of a package that would go beyond fingerprinting to also require background checks for private sales between individuals, reduce the time a FOID card is valid from the current 10 years to five before requiring a new application and require the state police to take steps to seize weapons from people whose gun licenses have been revoked. 
The Trace

Local Government News

City Council Members Frustrated No Pot Shop Landlords Facing Civil Penalties
Several members of the Los Angeles City Council expressed frustration Wednesday that the City Attorney's Office is not pursuing civil penalties against landlords whose properties are the site of illegal pot shops. The comments came before the council approved a set of actions aimed at cracking down on illegal shops, including the formation of a working group comprised of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department and other city departments to manage and direct enforcement efforts. Members of the police department and City Attorney's Office spoke told the council that to date, 22 illegal shops have had their utilities shut off; the city is in the process of sending out cease-and-desist letters to many shops; and 216 criminal cases are being pursued against 861 defendants associated with 182 locations.

Local Regulation Of Uber, Lyft Drivers Sought By L.A. City Council Committee
Amid growing concerns about the regulation of Uber and Lyft drivers, a Los Angeles City Council committee moved forward Wednesday on exploring ways to more closely monitor drivers at the local level. The Transportation Committee's move comes after three Los Angeles County women who said they were sexually assaulted by men who posed as Uber drivers filed a lawsuit last week against Uber Technologies, alleging the company didn't do enough to warn them. Jarvis Murray of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, who is in charge of the For-Hire Regulation and Policy Department, said the growth of Transportation Network Companies, or TNCs, has been fast and difficult for the city government to keep up with.

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