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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 18, 2019
Law Enforcement News

How public safety bill can make California safer for all
A safe and respectful encounter. Every single time. California public safety officers have this goal in mind whenever they interact with a member of the public or respond to an emergency. Period. To continue to improve outcomes for officers and the community, we believe that the best path forward is to modernize police training, establish clear use of force standards, and create holistic policies to ensure neighborhood safety. That is why we worked with Caballero on SB 230. It establishes a clear and enforceable standard for authorizing the use of force, standardizes use of force training and enacts evidence-based policies to minimize use of force in California. For example, SB 230 mandates that all law enforcement agencies adopt policies on de-escalation, mental health training and requirements that an officer intercede if they witness excessive force.
Mercury News

Trial Unfolds For Man Accused Of Killing Palm Springs Police Officers
Clad in body armor, a now-28-year-old man fired wildly at Palm Springs police officers through the front of his mother's home in 2016, killing two of them, and later boasted while being arrested about which officers he planned to shoot next, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. Felix is charged with the deaths of veteran Palm Springs training Officer Gilbert Vega, 63, and rookie Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, who were shot Oct. 8, 2016, when they responded to a domestic disturbance call at Felix's mother's home in the 2700 block of Cypress Avenue. Deputy District Attorney Manny Bustamante contended in her opening statement there is clear evidence of premeditation and intent. He pointed to the initial 911 call made by Felix's mother, saying the call includes audio of the defendant helping his mother give the dispatcher the family's address, “so she could tell 911 where the officers should go to.” According to Bustamante, after Felix's mother made the 911 call, she saw her son holding “something black and two feet long,” prompting her to tell her daughter and grandchildren to exit the home.

LAPD Holds Fundraiser For Families Of Sisters Struck By Big Rig
The Los Angeles Police Department held a fundraiser Wednesday to benefit the family of two young sisters who were struck by a big rig while walking to school in Exposition Park, leaving one of them dead and the other severely injured. Officers at the LAPD's Newton Station grilled and served food and collected donations on behalf of the Lorenzo family to assist with funeral costs and ongoing medical expenses for the surviving sister. "I think this provides us an opportunity, as I mentioned, to come together to show there is a good relationship between the community and the police department, and that during tragic incidents we can come together and make a difference for those in need," LAPD Sgt. Marcela Garcia told reporters during the event.

LAPD Teams Up With Local Residents To Reduce Crime In South L.A.
There's a new plan to take teamwork to a whole new level at South Park. The LAPD is partnering with neighbors at 51st and Avalon, trying to rid the area of violence. Reflecting a recent surge in citywide violence, LAPD reports 29 shootings in the area surrounding the park. There was one murder in the park and last month three people were shot on the baseball diamond. A $10 million upgrade now showcases new lawns, lighting and play areas. But leaders knew that more was needed to deter crime and homeless encampments. "Just putting more cops in the area historically has not been a positive sign, " said L.A. Councilman Curren Price. With the help of the Urban Peace Institute, LAPD went to work, first selecting officers who have ties here like Sgt. Ronald Kingi. "I grew up at 43rd and McKinley and this is my community," Kingi said.

Man Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver In Hollywood
A man in his 50s died from injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run crash in Hollywood Thursday morning. Officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to the 7100 block of Sunset Boulevard, west of La Brea Avenue, and found the victim in the road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A good Samaritan was performing CPR on the victim when officers arrived, the LAPD said. “The (driver) stopped, hesitated, tried to see if he wanted to stop or not and just took off,” witness Victor Rodriguez told NBC4. “It was loud, like loud… and the guy went flying up in the sky.” The unidentified man died at the scene, NBC4 reported. A detailed description of the suspect vehicle was not immediately available. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Children, Ages 10 And 12, Injured In Wilmington Hit-and-Run
Two children, ages 10 and 12, were injured in a hit-and-run crash in Wilmington on Wednesday. The children were reported to be bleeding. Their specific conditions were not known. A 50-year-old woman was also injured in the wreck. She was reported to be in and out of consciousness. The crash occurred near Gulf Avenue and W. Opp Street. Los Angeles police officers responded to the scene. The circumstances surrounding the wreck were not immediately known.

Man Believed To Have An Assault Rifle Arrested After Carjacking, Chase From North Hills To Bel Air
A suspect who allegedly was armed with an assault-style rifle when he carjacked a car from a North Hills auto dealership was taken into custody Wednesday night after a high-speed chase from the San Fernando Valley to Bel Air. The carjacking was reported about 8:35 p.m. at a dealership in the 15400 block of Roscoe Boulevard, near Sepulveda Boulevard, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The suspect ran red lights and weaved through oncoming traffic on Ventura Boulevard and other streets before heading south on Sepulveda Boulevard, through the pass and into Bel Air, where the car clipped a police vehicle and soon after slowed to a stop in the 900 block of Moraga Drive. The suspect eventually got out of the vehicle and officers took him into custody.
Los Angeles Daily News

5 Plead Not Guilty To Attempted Murder, Carjacking In Alleged Gang Attack On Pregnant 1st-Grade Teacher In Sunland
All five suspects accused in the vicious stabbing and carjacking of a pregnant first-grade teacher outside her home in Sunland last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday, prosecutors said. Tanya Nguyen, 33, was parking outside her house on Eldora Avenue the evening of March 20 when she was ambushed by three men — identified by prosecutors as Christian Reyes, 20; Andrew Bran, 19; and Jesus Morales, 18 — who asked to borrow her phone before punching her in the face and stabbing her repeatedly, according to investigators. Reyes is accused of forcing Nguyen from her car, allowing Bran to allegedly steal things inside. The other two suspects — 24-year-old Christina Luna and Monica Gomez, 25 — were allegedly waiting in a getaway car that Morales got into. Reyes and Bran meanwhile took off in Nguyen's car, but crashed into vehicles parked on the side of the road a short time later, police said. Luna and Gomez then drove all three men away from the scene, prosecutors said. Officials believe the group carried out the attack on behalf of and at the direction of a gang.

In a first, L.A. sues unlicensed cannabis dispensary, seeking millions
The city of Los Angeles is seeking millions in civil penalties from an unlicensed South L.A. cannabis dispensary accused of selling marijuana contaminated with pesticides, a move officials said Wednesday is intended to crack down on widespread illegal pot sales. The dispensary, Kush Club 20, was selling cannabis tainted with paclobutrazol, a fungicide frequently used to make golf turf more dense and verdant, which is classified as a Type II toxic chemical by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is not approved for use on cannabis in California, a lawsuit filed Monday by the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
Los Angeles Times

Assault With Deadly Weapon Suspect Ducks Into Parking Garage
The high-speed chase of an assault with a deadly weapon suspect ended abruptly Wednesday evening when the suspect pulled into an apartment building parking garage. Police gave chase but at least one of the suspect's in the vehicle foot bailed. At least one other suspect was apprehended, police said. Other reports said two people were in custody with police looking for “at least” one other suspect. The chase reportedly began in the Culver City area and ended at the apartment complex in Alhambra near Hellman Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard. Police continued the search for the outstanding suspect along an on-ramp on the eastbound 10 Freeway. The LAPD and CHP were both involved in the chase.

$50K Reward Offered For Information About 2017 Fatal South L.A. Shooting
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information in the 2017 fatal shooting of a South L.A. man, the LAPD announced Wednesday. Hector Martin, 31, was visiting a friend at 221 W. 57th Street on Nov. 7, 2017 when he was shot to death. It is unknown how many people were involved in the shooting and what led up to it. Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Raul Jovel said detectives don't have much to work with on the case. They are looking for people who may have witnessed the shooting, or have details about what happened. "We're really at a point where we need the public's help, we need people to come forward, and talk to us" Jovel said. The lieutenant called the incident a "senseless killing." Martin's parents, two brothers and two sisters, were at a news conference announcing the award Wednesday. 

Venice Boardwalk Killer Gets 93 Years To Life
A gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 93 years to life in state prison for the August 2015 Venice boardwalk shooting death of a young man hoping to break into the music business. Francisco Cardenaz Guzman, 32, was found guilty March 11 of the first-degree murder of 26-year-old Jascent Warren, the attempted murder of another victim and possession of a firearm by a felon. The six-man, six-woman jury also found true gun and gang allegations against Guzman, who was sentenced to the maximum term by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen. Warren — known to friends as “Shakespeare” because of his way with words — was shot to death around 2 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2015, on Ocean Front Walk at Dudley Avenue. Video surveillance from two cameras at a nearby cafe captured the shooting.

Local Government News

Garcetti, In Yearly Address, Pushes New Tax To Support L.A. Schools
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti used his annual State of the City address Wednesday to make an extended sales pitch for Measure EE, a new tax for public schools that faces sharp opposition from the region's business groups. Garcetti, who has put significant political capital into passage of the tax, said the measure would allow the Los Angeles Unified School District to lower class sizes, keep school libraries open, and staff campuses with nurses and counselors. The alternative, he argued, would be layoffs of teachers and school support staff within the next two years. “There will always be those who claim that funding our schools is a waste of money. But our children are not a waste of money,” Garcetti told the audience at Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. City Council Moves To Outlaw Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday moved forward with a law that would bar landlords from refusing to consider tenants with Section 8 vouchers. In a 12-0 vote, the council instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would extend protections against so-called source-of-income discrimination to people who pay with vouchers. Housing advocates say the law is needed because Section 8 bans are often used as a proxy to discriminate by race or class, and research has shown landlord acceptance rates are higher in places with the ordinances. “We have a significant barrier to affordable housing in this city and that is the denial of people who have Section 8 vouchers,” Councilman Paul Krekorian, who proposed the legislation, told the council before the vote.
Los Angeles Times

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