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June 28, 2019
Law Enforcement News

2 LAPD Officers Hurt In Watts Crash
Two LAPD officers were hospitalized Friday after their patrol car was involved in a crash with another driver. The crash happened just before 1:40 a.m. on Imperial Highway near Success Avenue. The collision left the patrol vehicle with major front-end damage, and both front seat air bags were deployed. Both officers have been taken to the hospital, but their conditions have not been released. The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, according to officers on the scene.

Thousands Mourn Fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan
Thousands of law enforcement officials, community members, and family and friends of Tara O'Sullivan gathered at Bayside Church on Thursday to mourn the loss — and celebrate the life — of the Sacramento officer killed last week in the line of duty. Speakers at the ceremony warmly recalled the 26-year-old East Bay native who knew she wanted to be a police officer from a young age and excelled at the job. Eulogies from O'Sullivan's peers in law enforcement remembered her as a determined, standout recruit. Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn read a self-evaluation O'Sullivan wrote at the end of her training: “It's done. Oh wow … this is the end of a chapter I've worked to achieve since I was 16,” she wrote. “Time to achieve my newest goal: field training.” The rookie officer, who grew up in Pleasant Hill, was helping a woman move out of her northeast Sacramento home after a dispute the evening of June 19 when a man with a history of domestic violence fatally shot her with a high-powered rifle, officials said. A standoff ensued, and efforts to rush O'Sullivan to the hospital and save her life ultimately failed.
San Francisco Chronicle

Man Barricades Himself In South L.A. Apartment After Police Chase, LAPD Says
A man suspected of burglary is in the midst of an hours-long standoff with police after he fled from authorities and barricaded himself in an apartment in South Los Angeles early Friday, police said. LAPD officers responded to a report of a burglary suspect at Jefferson Boulevard and San Pedro Street about 3:30 a.m. The man got into a vehicle and drove off when police arrived, Officer Mike Lopez said. Police chased him to 65th Street and South Broadway, where he ran out of the vehicle and into a nearby apartment. Officers found a firearm inside the car he had been driving, Lopez said. The SWAT team is responding to the apartment complex to try to coax the man out. It was not clear immediately whether anyone else was inside the apartment.
Los Angeles Times

64-Year-Old Homeless Man Dies After Being Stabbed By Unknown Assailant At Reseda Park: LAPD
A 64-year-old man died days after he was stabbed by an unknown assailant at Reseda Park, LAPD officials said Thursday. The incident was reported about 6:30 a.m. June 20 at Reseda Park, near the intersection of Etiwanda Avenue and Kittridge Street. Responding officers found the victim on a picnic table bleeding from his abdomen area, Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a news release. The victim managed to tell officers that he was homeless and sleeping on a table when he woke up with a severe pain in his stomach before noticing that he had been stabbed and was bleeding, police said. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries on Tuesday. He was identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office as Olegario Gomez. Police did not release any additional details about the stabbing and are asking for the public's help with information in the case.

Police Pursuit Of Reportedly Stolen Vehicle In South LA Ends In Crash In Hawthorne
A motorist in a stolen car led police Thursday on a chase from south Los Angeles to Hawthorne, where the man was taken into custody after rear-ending another car, authorities said. Los Angeles police officers began chasing the car about 6:45 a.m. at Century Boulevard and Figueroa Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Greg Kraft. The motorist sped onto the nearby southbound 110 Freeway, got off of the freeway onto westbound El Segundo Boulevard and crashed into another car shortly after 7 a.m. at Crenshaw Boulevard, where police boxed the suspect's car in for a few minutes. The suspect then sped off again and drove onto the westbound 105 Freeway before exiting onto southbound Prairie Avenue. The car then rear-ended another car at El Segundo Boulevard, where the suspect was taken into custody about 7:20 a.m. Paramedics treated the man for unspecified injuries. His name was not immediately released.
FOX 11

LAPD Searching For Suspect In Alleged San Fernando Valley Hate Crime
Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who they say stopped a church service by performing Nazi salutes. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect is being investigated for Hate Crime trespassing and disturbing a religious meeting. According to police, the suspect allegedly stopped a religious service at a church in the Devonshire area June 9 by pacing and performing Nazi salutes. The suspect was described as a 6-foot-1 white male between the ages of 20 and 30 years old with black hair and brown eyes with an estimated weight of between 180 and 220 pounds. Police say he was last seen wearing a black skull cap, black hooded sweatshirt, a red shirt, blue jeans and red Converse shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD's major crimes division at 877-527-3247.

Details On Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Holocaust Survivor
New details in the search for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Valley Village. 
NBC 4 Video

Nipsey Hussle Was Shot With Two Guns After ‘Snitch' Comments To The Accused Gunman, Records Show
Nipsey Hussle spent part of the afternoon of March 31 signing autographs, taking photos with fans and talking with friends at the Hyde Park strip mall where he owned several businesses. Less than a half hour into his visit, Eric Holder approached the famed rapper, who was with a larger group, and the two shook hands. They had a four-minute conversation, and at some point, the topic turned to snitching. “Apparently, the conversation had something to do with [Hussle] telling Mr. Holder that word on the street was that Mr. Holder was snitching,” Deputy Dist. Atty. John McKinney told a grand jury in May, saying that was a serious offense in the gang world. “The conversation wasn't particularly intense. It wasn't particularly belligerent.” But the conversation was enough, the prosecutor said, “that it moved Eric Holder to a point of wanting to return to the parking lot and kill Nipsey Hussle.” After they talked, Holder picked up chili cheese fries from a nearby burger shop, got in a woman's car and they drove off. Soon after, the 29-year-old man returned, a gun in each hand, and allegedly opened fire.
Los Angeles Times

Alleged Human Trafficker Targeted Victims On Social Media, Including 16-Year-Old With Autism
Authorities say an alleged human trafficker targeted victims on social media, including a 16-year-old with autism and they're seeking the public's help in identifying additional potential victims. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department say 23-year-old Bryan Barkley recruited victims between October 2018 and February 2019. He then created online advertisements of a sexual nature. Barkley arranged for the female victim with autism to be taken to his home in View Park with a ride share service. He then held her for several days and forced her to engage in sex acts with multiple men. Police believe there are more victims and are asking them to come forward. They are also seeking information about the identities of two females using the names "Mercedes" and "Ranae" who may have helped Barkley. Barkley is in custody on charges of human trafficking of a minor with a bail set at $150,000. Anyone with information should call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department Human Trafficking Task Force at (323) 526-5156.

Police In California Find $100,000 Worth Of Meth, Cocaine, Heroin In Child Car Seat, Stroller
The U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman in California after finding drugs in her child's car seat and stroller. The 25-year-old woman was arrested in Murrieta on Wednesday, June 12. When authorities searched the vehicle, they found 23 packages containing methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin wrapped in cellophane that had been hidden inside one of the children's car seat and stroller. A child was sitting in the car seat when the drugs were found, according to U.S. Border Patrol. Authorities declined to identify her, citing an ongoing investigation. The woman was arrested and turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office for further investigation. Agents confiscated 32.1 pounds of meth, 2.31 pounds of cocaine, and 4.55 pounds of heroin with a combined street value of $101,680. Authorities said the vehicle was being driven by a man with two women and three children. The three minor children released to the custody of the second passenger, their 32-year-old aunt.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Mayor Eric Garcetti Says 7,000 Housing Units For Homeless Are In The Works
Mayor Eric Garcetti is fighting back against critics who say Los Angeles hasn't built any homeless housing with the billion dollars voters approved under Measure HHH. Speaking on Eyewitness Newsmakers, he said starting with the fiscal year July 1, there will be results. "You'll see the beginning of those 107 projects opening. We actually opened our first one here in the San Fernando Valley just a couple weeks ago, our first HHH facility," he said. "There's about 7,000 units of housing that's about to come online, fully funded, under construction and, or about to open." The mayor's critics, who blame him for the homeless crisis, are gathering recall efforts. They would need 350,000 signatures to force an election. "We live in a political world of kind of repeal and replace. I'm frustrated something can't be done overnight," Garcetti said. "And I'm going to fight, obviously, any effort to recall me. But more importantly, I'm going to fight to bring people home for the last minute I'm mayor in this town."

A New Park Is In The Works In Sun Valley, And The City Is Asking The Public For Ideas, Feedback
The city of Los Angeles is purchasing land next to a charter school in Sun Valley to build a new park in a lot that now contains several vacant homes. The land at 11957, 11961, and 11963 Allegheny St., is being purchased using $3.4 million in redevelopment agency funds. The property is adjacent to the newly opened charter high school school, Alliance Marine – Innovation & Technology 6-12 Complex. L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, who represents several northeast San Fernando communities, requested that those funds be used to build a park in an area that she said lacks such amenities. The planned park is near the school and a residential area with single-family homes and apartment buildings, and would serve 3,753 residents who live within a half mile of the property, according to city documents. Martinez recently also introduced a motion calling for additional redevelopment funds to go toward the design of the park, that requested public input be sought.
Los Angeles Daily News

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