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April 24, 2019
Law Enforcement News

California Senate Committee Advances Law Enforcement-Backed Use Of Force Bill — But Links It To Its Rival
If a police use-of-force bill backed by California law enforcement groups is to pass this year, its fate is now tied to a rival bill that would reform when officers can use deadly force. The law enforcement-backed bill, SB 230 by Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), originally sought to improve police training while not changing the state's current legal standard for lethal force. The rival measure supported by civil rights advocates and community activists, AB 392 by Asm. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), would strengthen that standard from “reasonable” to “necessary.” On Tuesday, the Senate Public Safety Committee rejected calls from grieving family members to defeat SB 230. Instead, the committee amended the measure so that it can only become law if AB 392 does, as well. 
Capital Public Radio

L.A. Man Who Killed Police Officer In 2004 Found Dead In His Death Row Cell In San Quentin: CDCR
The killer of a California police officer has died after being found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison. Miguel Magallon, 35, died Saturday despite emergency measures. An autopsy will be conducted, corrections officials said Monday. Magallon was sentenced to death on Oct. 15, 2009, for the Aug. 10, 2004, murder of Capt. Michael Sparkes Sr. of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety. Prosecutors in the case said Sparkes, 53, was taking his regular predawn bike ride in a neighborhood near his Compton home when Magallon stepped out of a vehicle and tried to rob him. He shot the officer multiple times with an AK-47 before fleeing to a waiting car.

Maryland Officer Paralyzed In 2003 Shooting Dies
An officer who was left paralyzed after a shooting in 2003 died from complications last week. According to NBC Washington, Officer Kyle Olinger was conducting a traffic stop when suspect Terrence Green opened fire. Olinger's injuries forced him to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair until he died on April 18. "Kyle was, without a doubt, the embodiment of what it truly means to be a hero possessed of an indomitable warrior spirit and a never quit attitude that makes one stand in awe," Acting Chief Russell Hamill wrote in a letter to his fellow officers. Services for Olinger have not been announced.

Man Gunned Down In Front Of South LA Marijuana Dispensary
An investigation continues Wednesday into a shooting that killed a man in front of a marijuana dispensary in South Los Angeles. The shooting was reported after 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 8100 block of South Central Avenue. The victim was found on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, authorities said. It appeared he was shot while leaving the 8108 Collective dispensary. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified. No weapons have been found, and no arrests have been made. No suspect information or possible motive has been released.

Father Of 3 Shot By Mom's New Boyfriend During Custody Exchange In Granada Hills, Police Say
A 37-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday morning with wounds he suffered in a shooting that took place during a custody exchange in Granada Hills, authorities said. The victim was found about 7:50 p.m. Monday in the 16800 block of Chatsworth Street, between Reseda Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, according to Officer Jeff Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The victim was at the location to pick up his three children from his ex-girlfriend when the two began arguing, police said. The victim spotted the woman's new boyfriend sitting in a car nearby and rammed the man's vehicle, at which time the boyfriend opened fire on the man. Police arrested the boyfriend, identified by authorities as 29-year-old Ernesto Lopez, on suspicion of attempted murder. LAPD Detective Steve Castro told FOX 11 that domestic violence cases are probably the most dangerous incidents that police respond to.
FOX 11

LAPD: Two Orphaned Children Are Healthy And In DCFS Care After 3 Days Trapped In Chatsworth Home After Murder-Suicide
Two children trapped in a Chatsworth home for more than three days after their father shot and killed their mother before taking his own life remained in Department of Children and Family Services custody and are in good health, authorities said Tuesday. Investigators believe the shooting took place on the morning of April 18 around 6 a.m. For nearly four days, the children waited. They were rescued Sunday only after a concerned grandfather had phoned police. The father of the homeowner and suspected shooter was aware of his son's mental health issues, his depression and stress, said Detective Bob Dinlocker with the Los Angeles Police Department. On Sunday around 7 a.m., LAPD officers knocked on the door of a Chatsworth home on Farralone Avenue for a welfare call. “The officers went out, they did their welfare check, and didn't find anything unusual,” said Dinlocker at a news conference Tuesday. A supervisor decided not to have the officers enter the home. Minutes later, they notified the father of David Kooros Parsa and said everything looked okay and left the house.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Arrested In Sexual Assault Of Woman In San Pedro Home
Police Tuesday circulated a photo of a Riverside County man in custody on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in her home in San Pedro, suspecting there may be additional victims. Davon Thomas, 27, of Perris was arrested on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He's being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, according to sheriff's inmate records. The victim was attacked March 5 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. She was walking into her home in the area of Centre and 11th streets when her assailant pushed her inside, and a violent physical and sexual assault occurred, according to detectives. After the assault, the suspect ran off in an unknown direction, according to the LAPD.

Man Charged With Arson After Brush Fires Set Along Sepulveda Boulevard On Sunday
A homeless man was charged Tuesday with setting four weekend brush fires along Sepulveda Boulevard. Steven William Adkison, 31, could face up to eight years in state prison if convicted of four felony counts of arson of a structure or forest, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Adkison allegedly set the fires near Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive on Sunday. A good Samaritan who allegedly witnessed Adkison setting one of the fires detained him until police and firefighters arrived, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Former Pro Tennis Player Who Assaulted Man In West L.A. On Halloween Night Sentenced To Probation
A former professional tennis player has been sentenced for assaulting a man in West Los Angeles who was trick-or-treating with his family on Halloween 2018, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Justin Gimelstob, 42, entered his open plea of no contest to one count of misdemeanor count of battery with serious bodily injury on Monday, prosecutors said. Gimelstob, who was also a tennis broadcaster, was immediately sentenced to three years of summary probation, 60 days of community labor and 52 weeks of anger management. Prosecutors said on Oct. 31, 2018, Gimelstob attacked the victim for an unknown reason in West Los Angeles. The victim was trick-or-treating with his wife and son when Gimelstob attacked him from behind, proceeding to punch him, knock him down and continue to attack him while he was on the ground.

Dozens Of Chilean ‘Tourists' Tied To Robbery Spree In Southern California, Police Say
International thieves from Chile are suspected of committing hundreds of burglaries across Southern California after obtaining visa waivers to enter the United States, authorities said. For months, a sophisticated ring of burglars has targeted affluent homes, businesses and cars in Los Angeles and the counties of Alameda, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Clara and Ventura, lifting jewelry, guns and other valuables, police said. A similar spate of “burglary tourism” is occurring in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New York and other states, as well as several European countries, the FBI said. “It is a growing problem,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. “They're very sophisticated. It's a hot zone in Southern California.” Last week, Simi Valley police, working with the California Highway Patrol and Ventura County deputies, arrested three Chilean men for multiple vehicle burglaries. Each was here on temporary visas, police said.
Los Angeles Times

Use Of Red Flag Laws Varies Widely Among Local Police
In December, a man in Monroe, Washington, was arrested after posting images of himself on Facebook wearing a gas mask, holding an AR-style rifle, and surrounded by white power iconography. He also posted repeated threats to kill “30 Jews” and commit a school shooting. Local authorities charged the man with felony threatening, but two days before, they used a so-called extreme risk protection order (ERPO) to seize a dozen of his guns. ERPOs, commonly referred to as red flag laws, allow a third party — depending on the state, it can be a police officer, family member, school official, or mental health provider — to petition a judge for a warrant to seize legally owned guns if someone is determined to be an immediate threat to themselves or others. In the Washington case, local authorities believed the man “posed a significant danger in the near future,” Courtney O'Keefe, a spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff, said in an email.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Health Officials Offering Free Vaccinations To Contain Spread Of Measles
Los Angeles County health officials are working to reach out to more than 1,500 people who may have been exposed to measles by five people with confirmed cases of the highly contagious infection, focusing on airport workers and students at Cal State Los Angeles and UCLA. "We're very worried about measles," Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. She said the county is taking a three-pronged approach to dealing with the infection in the face of outbreaks in New York, Northern California and around the world, which includes efforts to reach out to everyone exposed and, if they are not vaccinated against measles, asking them to stay home for 21 days to avoid spreading the infection.

Local Government News

Officials Break Ground On Affordable Housing Complex In South LA
A groundbreaking was held Tuesday for an affordable housing complex in South Los Angeles that will include units for homeless families and chronically homeless transition-age youth. The 50-unit Residences on Main at 6901 S. Main St. is a joint venture between LA Family Housing and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. "The Residences on Main demonstrates our collective commitment to help our most vulnerable Angelenos. It is a symbol of hope, opportunity and new beginnings that will not only provide a roof for formerly homeless young people and families, but it gives them a lifeline and hand up," Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price said.

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