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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 25, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Battle Brewing Over Policing Efforts and Rising Crime in South Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Police Protective League held a press conference to decry the ACLU's demand to remove all LAPD Metropolitan Division officers out of South Los Angeles. In the last week of March, according to Chief Moore, 26 people in South LA were shot. Ten of those people have died. The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) believes that those promoting these reckless tactics should be called to account for endangering lives. The LAPPL has sent a survey to residents of South Los Angeles to determine if they agree with the ACLU's request to pull police officers out of their neighborhoods. 
Video: KTLA 5

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Injured In Canoga Park Crash
A Los Angeles police motorcycle officer was injured in a traffic collision Wednesday, April 24, in Canoga Park. The crash was reported just after 3 p.m. on the 6900 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Details regarding what led to the collision were not immediately released. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Transient Charged With Attacking Off-Duty LAPD Officer
A transient was charged Wednesday with assault and battery for allegedly throwing an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer to the ground and stomping on his head outside a Hollywood store where the victim was working as a security guard. Daniel Keith Kennedy, 27, could face up to seven years in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, along with an allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The off-duty officer recognized Kennedy as a suspected shoplifter and asked him to leave the store at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street on Monday, according to prosecutors. Kennedy allegedly threw the man to the ground and stomped on his head after being escorted outside.

On Sunset Boulevard, A Lunch Break Isn't Much Of One At All
An LAPD squad car is discreetly backed up against the wall of a darkened parking lot at Sunset Boulevard and El Centro Avenue. It's 10:30 p.m. on a Thursday, early in the late shift for the officers of the Hollywood Division, which patrols roughly from Melrose Avenue north to Mulholland Drive and Normandie Avenue west to LaBrea Avenue — a beat that includes one of the most heavily trafficked tourist destinations in the world, the heart of Hollywood Boulevard, a hectic stretch where local tweakers mingle with out-of-town rubes to the tune of 25 million visitors each year. In this division, the most frequent calls to the LAPD concern domestic violence, disturbing the peace and drunken antics. But it isn't any of those things that find officers Thomas Zizzo and Maribel Colocho in the shadows at the rear of their cruiser, at a time when most people are winding their day down. It's lunchtime.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Michael Moore Addresses Spike In Gun Violence
Los Angeles Chief of Police Michael Moore spoke about the many dangers his officers face and mentioned recent events in which officers were viciously attacked. "There is a great deal of look and analysis that goes into how we use force in the department," Moore said. His department is committed to lowering those instances. There is balancing work that has to be done in terms of making the city of Los Angeles safer while also protecting its officers, he said. With regard to recent spike in gun violence: "We want for it never to be normal," Moore said. Last year was one of the safest in terms of gun violence but this year has seen an increase with rates similar to those seen in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Most of the incidents are centered on gang-on-gang violence. "(We're) working feverishly with gang interventionists - to try to interrupt that," he said "to restore some sense of calm and peace." 

SO SWEET: LAPD Officer Rides Roller Coaster With Boy Whose Dad Is Away Serving Military
An LAPD officer went above and beyond his call of duty with a sweet gesture that made a little boy's day. Some LAPD assignments are more stressful than others. This is not one of those assignments. The assignment? An unconventional LAPD ride along on a roller coaster with officer Pinell of the Pacific Division. He was drafted into service for the ride because the young boy he's with has a father away, serving in the military, and his mom is just not a roller coaster person. Pinell also has experience as a dad so this assignment was right up his alley.

High-Speed Pursuit Ends In Violent Crash In Downtown L.A.
A high-speed pursuit that began in the Industry-area ended Wednesday night in a violent crash in downtown Los Angeles. The male suspect in a dark-colored Ford Expedition collided with an Acura in the area of Olive Street and 9th Street. The pursuit began shortly after 10:30 p.m. on the westbound 60 freeway at Azusa Avenue. The suspect was wanted for speed, according to authorities. At times, speeds reached 100 miles per hour. The suspect eventually exited the freeway onto downtown L.A. Following the crash, the suspect exited his vehicle, walks around the SUV, and appeared to casually walk away. Officers eventually caught on and took the man into custody about a block away. The crash victim received medical attention at the scene.
FOX 11

Suspect Arrested In Alleged Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Australian Man
A driver suspected in the Hollywood hit-and-run death of a pedestrian, who spent more than a decade behind bars in Australia before being exonerated of murder, was arrested Tuesday after turning himself in at a police station. Kristopher Ryan Smith, 19, of Norwalk was arrested just after noon on suspicion of felony hit-and-run involving injury or death after surrendering, with legal representation present, at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station. His bail was set at $50,000, according to the LAPD. Officers responded at 1:30 a.m. last Thursday to the 7100 block of Sunset Boulevard and found Andrew Mallard, 56, in the road. He was hit as he was crossing the road at Formosa Avenue and died at the scene, the coroner's office reported.

DUI Suspect Crashes Into North Hollywood Auto Dealership, Sparking Fire And Damaging $150K BMW
A suspected drunk driver was in custody Wednesday morning, accused of crashing into a BMW dealership in North Hollywood and sparking a small fire inside the business. A woman driving a red Subaru northbound on the 4200 block of Lankershim Boulevard, near Valley Spring Lane, lost control of the vehicle around 2 a.m. and crashed into the dealership, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The crash ignited a fire in the building. “The fire was small, in general, but smoke charged inside the building and set the sprinklers off,” Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Gikas told ABC7. “Some vehicles were damaged.” Among the vehicles damaged was a BMW i8, which has a list price of about $150,000. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. No serious injuries were reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Lottery Scam Suspect Taken Into LAPD Custody After Lengthy Investigation
A man suspected in several 2017 lottery scams has been taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department, officials reported Wednesday. Nickey Yonko, aka Steven John Adams, was taken into police custody on April 19. After a lengthy investigation Yonko was identified as a suspect in a series of grand thefts involving lottery tickets across several parts of Los Angeles, the LAPD said. Between Aug. 18, 2017 through Oct. 23, 2017, police said Yonko entered several liquor stores and asked to purchase California Lottery “Hot Spot” tickets. Employees would print the lottery tickets and place them on the counter. Police allege Yonko would then distract the employees and retrieve expired tickets from his person, then swap those out for the newly printed lottery tickets.

Suspected Serial Bicycle Slasher Pleads Not Guilty To Attacking People In South L.A., South Gate And Lynwood
A man suspected of attacking nine people while on a bicycle, permanently disfiguring seven, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Lenrey Briones, 19, was charged with seven counts of aggravated mayhem, two counts of attempted aggravated mayhem and one count of attempted robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors also allege the defendant used a knife in the crimes and that he has a prior felony conviction. Briones, who authorities described as a transient, is scheduled to return to court on June 13. Briones allegedly attacked the victims randomly, slashing them in the face using a knife in South Gate, Lynwood and South Los Angeles between March 20 and April 1. The victims include men, women and a 13-year-old boy, Los Angeles Police Department officials have said. Seven of the victims' injuries caused permanent disfigurement, the DA's Office previously said.

Public Safety News

Fire Crews Extract Driver From Vehicle In Rancho Palos Vardes
A car ended up about 100 feet off the side of the road in Rancho Palos Verdes Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to reports that a vehicle had gone over the side of Hawthorne Boulevard at 3:17 p.m near Crest Road. The driver was reported to be alert and not complaining of any injuries. A lowering system was used to extricate the driver. The southbound lanes of Hawthorne Boulevard were shut down from Pepper Tree Lane to Crest Drive.

Local Government News

LA County Leaders Greenlight $4.4 Million Purchase For Future Canoga Park Homeless ‘Bridge' Site
The LA County Board of Supervisors has signed off on the purchase of a languishing former mental health facility in Canoga Park, a giant step in the goal of turning it into bridge housing for people without homes. A motion by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was approved Tuesday, enabling the county to move forward under a partnership with the city of L.A. to buy the site, at 7621 Canoga Ave. The action was a key step for the city and county, which through a funding agreement can now use about $4.4 million to acquire the west Valley site to house the homeless — part of a regionwide effort to generate more housing for a population that has become increasingly visible across the city, and which has prompted local leaders and neighborhoods to seeks immediate solutions. Under their agreement, the city will transfer the funds to the county, which would then acquire the property. The L.A. City Council approved the funding in March.
Los Angeles Daily News

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