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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 1, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Injured In Crash In Exposition Park Area
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was injured Tuesday when he crashed his bike -- which ended up on the steps of a fountain at a USC campus entry gate -- while apparently trying to avoid a two-vehicle collision in front of him. The crash occurred about 8:45 a.m. near Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street, according to the LAPD. The officer was hospitalized in stable condition with injuries described as not life-threatening, police said. His name was not released. According to the preliminary investigation, a car and an SUV had collided, and the officer crashed while trying to avoid the wreckage, police said. One other person was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. Traffic was routed away from the area while an investigation was conducted.
FOX 11

Killing Or Injuring Florida K-9s Will Earn A Longer Prison Term
Killing or seriously wounding a K-9 in Florida will now result in a higher penalty. According to local news station WTSP, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Friday that makes the crime a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The crime was previously a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill was inspired by the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old K-9 named Fang last year. The penalties would also apply to those who seriously injure or kill a police horse or K-9s used by fire departments and search and rescue teams.

L.A. City Council Approves Expanded Civilian Role In LAPD Misconduct Cases
The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Tuesday that gives civilians a greater role in how police officers are disciplined for serious misconduct. Officers facing discipline will soon have the option of having their cases heard by an all-civilian panel, one of the most significant expansions of civilian oversight in decades. The prospect of all-civilian panels has been controversial from the outset and has reshaped the political dynamic. It was backed by the powerful Los Angeles Police Protective League, which contends that officer-led panels—composed of top cops seeking to climb the ranks— are less likely to buck a chief's recommendation of severe punishment. The union, which represents about 9,800 rank-and-file officers, contends that additional civilians on the panels “provides fairness and transparency to the process” for officers. Los Angeles police officers “want a fair and impartial panel to hear discipline cases,” the league's board of directors said in a statement. “Civilians oversee the operations of the Police Department, so we believe it's appropriate for them to also have a role in ensuring fair discipline.”
Los Angeles Times

Armed Man Is Shot And Killed By Police After Opening Fire At Officers, LAPD Says
An armed man was shot and killed by police after he opened fire at officers in Watts late Tuesday, authorities said. Officers responded about 11 p.m. to the area of 113th Street and Wilmington Avenue in response to a report of a man with a gun, said Officer Rosario Cervantes, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. When officers arrived they encountered a man with a gun who fired at them, striking a patrol car. An officer returned fire, but the man continued moving and remained armed, so another officer opened fire, Cervantes said. The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured in the shooting, Cervantes said.
Los Angeles Times

Nipsey Hussle's Killing Shook Fans Worldwide. It Was One Of 29 In South L.A. This Year
When Nipsey Hussle was killed outside his Hyde Park storefront in March, the incident brought attention to South Los Angeles and the many ways the rapper influenced the community. His death stirred an outpouring of grief worldwide, but he was one of 29 people who have lost their lives in the Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau so far this year. Almost all of the victims were black, male and died from gunfire. Some were killed standing on street corners. Others were in cars or hanging out with friends. Many left behind children. Hussle left a legacy of hope and prosperity for South L.A. communities historically on the short end of both. But his death was a reminder of the grim toll exacted on the loved ones of those cut down by violence. Here are some of their stories.
Los Angeles Times

Shooting Suspect In Custody After Barricade At Koreatown Store
A suspect is in custody after barricading himself for hours inside a Koreatown store following a shooting Tuesday. Los Angeles police officers were called to the area of Vermont Avenue and 7th Street where a shooting was already in progress around 12:20 p.m. Officials say officers saw the suspect shoot a man in the ankle before running into a nearby store. AIR7 HD was over the area where dozens of officers and SWAT units responded. A perimeter was established around the shopping center with several stores, including A&A Shine Bargain. Several people, including children, were seen being escorted out of surrounding businesses and ushered into an armored vehicle.

FBI Affidavit: Online Posts Reveal Growing Rage Of Man Accused In Long Beach Terror Plot
When Mark Steven Domingo introduced himself to what he thought was a like-minded, online community of radical Muslims, he did so in a video declaring his newfound faith in Islam. Just a day later, Domingo, a 26-year-old former U.S. Army infantryman from Reseda, allegedly began calling for violent warfare against innocent people. “America needs another vegas event (to be honest),” Domingo wrote in a message to the group, referencing the 2017 shooting at a Las Vegas concert that killed 58 people. As he published these messages, Domingo took no steps to hide his identity, displaying his face and using his full name, according to an FBI affidavit filed as part of a criminal complaint against him on Monday. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Murder Trial Begins Thursday For Man Accused Of Thrill-Killing Young Women
The killer preyed on attractive young women who were outgoing and lived nearby. Once he decided on a target, he'd lurk around her home, gathering information until he spotted a perfect opportunity. Then he'd strike — always at night, always at their homes. Prosecutors have called Michael Gargiulo a “serial sexual-thrill killer” who derived pleasure from slaughtering beautiful women. They will seek the death penalty in a trial that's set to start this week. Gargiulo faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for attacks in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008. Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday, beginning what prosecutors expect will be a six-month trial. Nearly 250 people are on their list of potential witnesses. In court filings, prosecutors laid out a chronology of Gargiulo's alleged series of attacks, which began in the Chicago area in 1993.
Los Angeles Times

SF Supervisor Wants City To Make Better Use Of State Law Allowing Gun Seizures
San Francisco officials are working to bolster the city's ability to seize guns from people considered a threat to themselves or others, but who may not qualify for an involuntary psychiatric hold. Supervisor Catherine Stefani said Tuesday that she has asked the city attorney's office to “immediately craft and expedite” legislation to create a local framework for using California's gun violence restraining order policy. The state law, enacted in 2014, allows immediate family members, current roommates and law enforcement officers to petition a court to take away a person's guns for up to a year. San Francisco has secured two gun violence restraining orders this year, according to the city attorney's office. Other cities have much higher seizure rates, such as San Diego, which secured 57 yearlong holds in 2018 alone, and San Bernardino, with 16 in the same year, according to the latest California Department of Justice data.
San Francisco Chronicle

Alleged International Robbery Crew Indicted In ‘Sophisticated' Series Of Jewelry Heists Throughout California
A federal grand jury indicted five men Friday who are accused of taking part in a “sophisticated” and “well-planned” string of robberies targeting jewelers and bank customers throughout California, as well as in Denver, over the past 18 months, authorities said. The alleged robbery crew followed victims for hours or days before carrying out the high-value heists, U.S. Department of Justice Ciaran McEvoy said in a written statement. The robberies took place between October of 2017 and April of 2019 in downtown Los Angeles' Jewelry District, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay area and Denver. “The co-conspirators followed victims to locations such as gas stations and hotels, where the defendants allegedly used a ruse, such as puncturing a car tire, and then posed as a Good Samaritan, or simply used force, to rob the victims,” McEvoy said.

Public Safety News

LA's Child Protection Hotline Center On The Front Line Of Protecting Kids
One of the most distressing stories to report on is also one that is difficult to watch: cases of child abuse. As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Eyewitness News is looking at how you might be able to intervene to save a child at risk. In an exclusive tour of LA's Child Protection Hotline Center, we talked to experts who are on the front line. "The responsibility on the social workers that answer the phone is tremendous," explains Jennie Feria, the director of the Child Protection Hotline for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. "Obviously, it's regarding reports of abuse and neglect of the most vulnerable population of LA county: the children." The LA Child Protection Hotline is the largest in the nation. Last year, it received 225,937 calls and generated 80,000 referrals for investigation.

Local Government News

Green New Deal For L.A.: Garcetti Unveils Aggressive Plan, Setting Environmental Goals For City
Promising major environmental benefits and middle class jobs, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his version of a Green New Deal to fight climate change. The plan would set aggressive environmental goals for the city, including a mandate that every building be emissions-free by 2050. That would include homes and businesses. The plan also calls for a zero-carbon electricity grid seeking a 100% renewable energy supply by 2045, and a "jobs cabinet" aiming to create 400,000 green jobs by 2050. "We will lead the way with jobs, good middle class jobs for folks, unionized jobs, too, wherever we can, and save our planet and our health at the same time," Garcetti said during an event at the Getty House, his Hancock Park residence. 

Pilot Program To Curb Waze Traffic On Side Streets Approved By LA City Council
With mobile traffic applications such as Waze causing a flood of traffic on tiny side streets, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a pilot program to restrict the routing of vehicles onto certain streets as a condition of entering into data-sharing agreements with developers of mobile mapping applications. “There are tremendous advantages to apps like Waze,” Councilman Paul Krekorian said last year when discussing his motion that led to Tuesday's 12-0 vote to create the pilot. “They can make driving more efficient, but with every technological advance, any consequences that arise must be taken into account.”

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