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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 30, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Gets Life In Prison For Indiana Deputy's Shooting Death
A central Indiana man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy. Anthony Baumgardt of Lebanon agreed in April to plead guilty to murder in the March 2018 killing of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett. The plea deal spared Baumgardt the death penalty. A judge sentenced the 22-year-old Baumgardt on Wednesday. The 34-year-old deputy was pursuing Baumgardt with his police dog in Lebanon when the suspect shot him. Pickett died three days later. Investigators say Baumgardt told them he fired at Pickett because he didn't want to get bitten by the police dog. He was also charged with resisting law enforcement, and illegal handgun, methamphetamine and marijuana possession.
Associated Press

Oregon Officer Hit, Wounded By Impaired Driver While Responding To Scene
A Portland police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after being hit by an impaired driver on early Sunday morning. The officer was walking back to his car around 2:30 a.m. after investigating a fight at the Lux Hookah Lounge on Southeast Powell Boulevard, when a Honda Accord traveling westbound on Powell Boulevard came toward him. According to a Portland Police Bureau news release, the officer tried to avoid being hit by tucking up against his police car, but the mirror of the passing car hit him. The officer was taken to his hospital and treated for his injuries, and is now recovering at home. Other officers pursued the Honda Accord and arrested the driver, Carlos Zamora, 22. He was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver involving injury, reckless driving and fourth-degree assault.
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

LAPD Employee Contracts Bacteria That Causes Typhoid Fever
At least one Los Angeles Police Department employee at the agency's downtown L.A. station has contracted the bacteria that causes typhoid fever and is being treated for the condition, the department confirmed Wednesday evening. The LAPD said in a statement that it had “learned about an employee from our Central Division who has contracted Salmonella Typhi ,” the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness with symptoms that include stomach pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite. It is not commonly found in the United States but rather typically occurs in parts of the world where water is more likely to be contaminated with sewage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police labor union, said in a statement that officer safety must be considered. “At this point we don't care who is at fault, we just want these toxic work sites cleaned and sanitized,” the statement reads. “Officers worry enough about being shot or injured policing the streets of Los Angeles, they shouldn't also have to worry about being infected with diseases they can take home to their families simply by showing up to work. Our demand is simple; clean it up and provide preventive measures before there is a massive outbreak.”
Los Angeles Times

LA Extends, Expands Restrictions On Seizing Property Belonging To Homeless
A legal settlement filed Wednesday extends restrictions for three more years on when Los Angeles Police officers or other City workers may remove property that belongs to people experiencing homelessness from streets and sidewalks. Those restrictions have been blamed by Downtown business owners and residents for, in part, contributing to increasing reports of trash piles, vermin, and disease, including Typhus infections. The agreement in the case titled Mitchell vs. City of Los Angeles ends a yearslong challenge by advocates for the homeless who argued the City was illegally destroying the personal property of people when they were arrested or had interactions with City officials. As part of the settlement the City will pay the attorneys for the homeless plaintiffs $645,000, and will expand the restriction zone to a larger area of Downtown bound by 2nd, Alameda, 8th, and Main Streets.

LAPD Investigating Afternoon Shooting In Hyde Park
A 35-year-old man was rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after being shot in the area of Brynhurst Avenue and W. Slauson Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The shooting occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD says the victim was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. Police did not identify the victim. Police are looking for two suspects seen driving away in a grey Infinity sedan southbound on Brynhurst Avenue from Slauson. LAPD describes the first suspect as a black male, wearing a black sweatshirt and armed with a handgun. Police describe the second suspect as a black male wearing a red sweatshirt. No additional information was immediately released. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

Man In Custody, Accused Of Approaching Children Outside North Hollywood School
A man suspected of stealing a truck and accused of approaching children was arrested in North Hollywood Wednesday. Police say just before that arrest, the driver, who was wearing a red shirt, had allegedly been approaching kids outside Fair Avenue Elementary School. Officers say he then drove on the wrong side of the road. He was pulled over at a Shell gas station at Vanowen Street and Vineland Avenue, where he was taken into custody. No further information was immediately released.

LA Prosecutors Sue 2 San Fernando Valley Massage Parlors Over Allegations Of Prostitution, Human Trafficking
Los Angeles prosecutors said Tuesday they hope a civil lawsuit will take down two San Fernando Valley massage parlors they accused of being fronts for prostitution and human trafficking rings. City Attorney Mike Feuer said his office filed the lawsuit against the wife and husband owners of Blue Moon Relax spas in Lake Balboa and Tarzana, as well as the landlord of the strip malls where both are located. Prosecutors are seeking a permanent injunction against the spas, as well as financial penalties. In a complaint, the city attorney's office accused Xiaoxi Ding and Hongshan Wang of running a “sophisticated prostitution ring at both locations under the guise of massage therapy businesses.” “Customers who have entered these locations have encountered women … who are allegedly sex workers, with little or no clothing on them,” Feuer said. “They're presented (to the customers) to select.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected Synagogue Shooter Pleads Not Guilty To 113 Charges In Federal Indictment
The 19-year-old Rancho Peñasquitos man accused in the deadly shooting attack at a Poway synagogue pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 113 charges filed against him in a grand jury indictment. John T. Earnest is charged with 54 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs using a dangerous weapon resulting in death, bodily injury and attempts to kill, and 54 counts of hate crimes under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The charges relate to each person who was in the Chabad of Poway on April 27 at the time of the shooting for a service marking the end of Passover. Earnest is also charged with four counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence — one count for each of the victims struck by gunfire.
San Diego Union Tribune

California Assembly Backs Bill To Deter Shootings By Police
An emotional debate over balancing the lives of residents and officers led to a key approval Wednesday of California legislation intended to deter deadly police shootings — rules that advocates said would be among the most sweeping in the U.S. when tied to a related measure on officer training. The California Assembly approved the legislation 67-0 after changes last week ended what had been vehement opposition from law enforcement. The measure now goes to the Senate. It would allow police to use deadly force only when it is “necessary” to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious injury to officers or bystanders. The measure is linked to legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate that would require training for officers on ways to de-escalate confrontations, alternatives to opening fire and ways to interact with people with mental illness or other issues. 
Associated Press

Washington State Debuts Unique Tool To Reduce Gun Suicides
Fredrick Vars remembers the moment when the idea for voluntary gun control came to him. It was the fall of 2013 and he was attending a talk by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan at the University of Alabama, where he works as a law professor. She was talking about going bird-hunting with Justice Antonin Scalia. Vars, who'd been writing about mental health and gun issues in the context of law, has dealt with depression since he was a teenager. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 31 and at times has contemplated suicide. His idea was this: People who've experienced periods of depression and suicidal thinking should be able to remove guns from the equation. Why not create a system for them to suspend their own ability to purchase a firearm until they feel better? Given his own experience with mental illness, he wished it was something he could do at that very moment. “I instantly believed it would appeal to a lot of people who have mental health problems like mine,” he said.
The Trace

Local Government News

Orange Line Parking Lots In Van Nuys Might Be Considered For Emergency Homeless Housing
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez submitted a motion Wednesday to look into putting an emergency homeless shelter on Metro-owned property near the Orange Line Station in Van Nuys. Martinez is asking staff from several different departments and agencies to do a feasibility study of a property on Aetna Street near Tyrone Avenue that “appears to be underutilized parking” for the Orange Line. The address of the property is 14333 Aetna St. The motion cites the “ongoing homeless crisis” as a reason for identifying the potential site. The properties are being eyed as part of the “bridge home” shelter program initiated by Mayor Eric Garcetti that called on each council member to put an emergency homeless shelter in their district. The shelter facility could be eligible for state and local funding, including from Measure H and Proposition HHH, which were sales and parcel tax measures approved by voters in Los Angeles to pay for homeless services and the construction of housing.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA County Considers Housing Veterans At Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to explore building affordable housing for veterans at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall downtown. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended a feasibility study on affordable housing in connection with a parking needs assessment already underway. "As homelessness continues to grow, L.A. County is leading the way in identifying innovative solutions to this multifaceted crisis," Solis said. The hall, built in 1925 and located across the Santa Monica (10) Freeway from the Los Angeles Convention Center, is a hub for military and veterans services. It serves more than 30,000 visitors and holds 1,000-plus events annually, but only has 63 parking spaces in an adjacent lot between Lebanon and Flower streets, according to Solis.

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