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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 3, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Report: Police Deadly Force Incidents Decline In California
A new report Tuesday spurred by national concern over fatal shootings by police shows 146 civilians and three officers died during law enforcement confrontations in California last year, with fewer violent encounters and suspect deaths than in previous years. It was one of five reports released by the state attorney general's office showing that California also saw fewer hate crimes, homicides, violent and property crimes even after voters and lawmakers significantly eased criminal penalties in recent years. The 146 civilians who died in police confrontations is down from 172 in 2017 and 157 in 2016. But they included Stephon Clark, an unarmed black vandalism suspect killed by Sacramento police. His death helped spark an ongoing legislative debate on whether to increase police training and change the standard for when officers can use deadly force. Three officers died last year, one more than in 2017 but down from eight in 2016.
Associated Press

Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy Shot After Responding To Disagreement
A rifleman who authorities say wounded a sheriff's deputy in rural Fresno County has been arrested, according to local law enforcement authorities. Deputy John Erickson, 49, was shot in the back of his right leg while responding to a call about gunfire following a disagreement between two neighbors over property lines. The pickup truck Erickson was driving was riddled with bullet holes, but the passenger, a private resident doing a ride-along, wasn't hurt. Within an hour, four or five deputies had arrived at the scene and carried Erickson, who hid in the bushes for an hour before he was rescued, to a helicopter which flew him to a hospital to undergo surgery for a broken femur. Sheriff Margaret Mims said Erickson, an 11-year veteran, is expected to recover. The shooting occurred in the 29000 block of Quail Springs Lane in the community of Tollhouse just after 11 a.m.
Los Angeles Times

Felon Sentenced To 55 Years To Life For Attempt To Kill Officer
A 34-year-old felon was sentenced Monday to more than 55 years to life in prison today for attempting to kill a Santa Ana police officer, who sustained a graze wound to the head in a gun battle with the defendant. Carlos Michael Rodriguez of Santa Ana was convicted March 5 of one count each of attempted murder on a peace officer, assault with a semiautomatic rifle and possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of possession of drugs with the intent to sell. Jurors also found true sentencing enhancements for firing a gun. Rodriguez's total punishment is 55 years and four months to life behind bars. "By way of this sentencing the message is clear," Santa Ana Police Department Chief David Valentin said. "As a community we cannot tolerate continued violence against anyone, especially violent acts committed against our uniformed police officers."

LAPD Responds To Shooting, Barricaded Situation In South L.A.
A barricaded man surrendered to police Tuesday evening after an hours-long standoff that resulted in surrounding homes being evacuated and streets closed. SWAT arrived with two Bearcat vehicles at a home in the 1300 block of East 27th Street near Hooper Avenue in South L.A. shortly after someone reportedly ran out of the home and called police at about 4:30 p.m. LAPD says the barricaded suspect fired several shots inside the home but says no injuries were reported. The immediate area was closed off while nearby homes were evacuated, according to police. No one else was inside the home with the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody shortly before 7:30 p.m.after SWAT team members filled the home with smoke forcing the man to come out. The suspect was not immediately identified. No further details were immediately known.
FOX 11

LAPD Arrests Woman in Valley Village Hit-And-Run That Killed Holocaust Survivor
Los Angeles police confirmed Tuesday they have arrested a woman in connection with the June 17 hit-and-run that left a 91-year-old man dead. The woman, who police have not yet identified, was arrested for felony hit-and-run and felony manslaughter. The victim, Gennady Bolotsky, was wrapping up a morning walk with his beloved dog when he was hit at the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue — just steps from his home. Security video showed a light-colored full-size truck strike Bolotsky and pause momentarily before driving off. Bolotsky was transported to an area hospital where he died. According to the victim's family, Bolotsky was born in 1928 in Ukraine and came to the United States as a refugee during the Holocaust, escaping Nazi occupation.

Man Charged With Fleeing Police, Barricading Himself In South L.A. Apartment With His 2-Year-Old Son
A man has been charged with leading police on a pursuit and barricading himself in a South Los Angeles apartment with his 2-month-old son, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Juan Manuel Zamora, 25, of Los Angeles, is facing one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's vehicle while driving recklessly, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition and child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death, prosecutors said in a news release. He has also been charged with two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, prosecutors said. In the early morning hours of June 28, Los Angeles police tried to stop Zamora's vehicle in a parking lot near South San Pedro Street and East Washington Boulevard while responding to a burglary alarm that went off at a nearby convenience store. Instead of stopping, police allege Zamora drove away hitting a police car.

Possible Gang Member Charged In LA Killing Of USC Student, An Oakland Councilwoman's Son
A man who authorities suspect is a gang member was charged Tuesday in Los Angeles in the death of Victor McElhaney, son of Oakland city Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney. Ivan Hernandez, 23, faces one count of murder and one count of robbery, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Hernandez also is suspected of committing the act during an attempted robbery and while an active participant of a criminal street gang — two special circumstances that make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Victor McElhaney, a 21-year-old senior at USC Thornton School of Music, was with friends March 10 about a mile from the USC campus when three or four men approached him and tried to rob him, USC officials said at the time. One of the men then shot him, and the group got into a vehicle and fled, authorities said. Paramedics took McElhaney to a hospital, where he died.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gun Groups Sue Over California Law Banning Firearms Sales To Those Under 21
Gun-owner groups on Monday filed a federal lawsuit challenging California's new law banning the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21, arguing those 18 and over are adults with legal rights to possess pistols and rifles. The lawsuit was filed in San Diego by groups including the Calguns Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition, and targets state laws including one that took effect in January that raised the legal age limit for buying long guns from 18 to 21. The suit also challenges a previous law barring sales of handguns to those under 21. “Once individuals turn 18, they are adults in the eyes of the law,” said John W. Dillon, the Carlsbad attorney representing the gun groups. “Law-abiding adults are entitled to fully exercise all of their fundamental rights, including their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes, not just hunting or sport.”
Los Angeles Times

State: Hate Crimes In California Dip In 2018 After 2017 Bump
The number of reported hate crimes and victims decreased last year in California, although the number of suspects increased, the state's attorney general reported Tuesday. Hate crime events fell 2.5% from 2017, down by about two-dozen reports to 1,066 in 2018, according to the annual report. That follows a 17% jump the prior year. The state defines hate crimes as those targeting victims because of their race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or a disability. The definitions have been expanded at various times in recent years. Each hate crime event can include more than one related offense against more than one victim by more than one offender. The report notes that hate crimes remain relatively rare in a state of nearly 40 million people. Overall, they have dropped about 3% in the last decade. There were 80 more suspects identified last year than the year before.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

LA Firefighter Searching For Bone Marrow Match For Son, 7, Battling Life-Threatening Blood Disorder
The Los Angeles Fire Department turned to social media on Monday in hopes of finding a bone marrow match for the 7-year-old son of a firefighter battling a life-threatening blood disorder. Firefighter-paramedic Roger Sackaroff said that his son, Jesse, has found no bone marrow match among family, so he turned to his family at Fire Station 63 in Venice Beach for help. Jesse, 7, suffers from aplastic anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder where the body stops producing enough new blood cells. "We are asking both our Los Angeles and Virtual communities to help us find Jesse a match," LAFD said in a Facebook post. LAFD is urging the public to join the "Be The Match" registry, which helps pair those in need of bone marrow transplants with their perfect match. When you register on Be The Match, a cheek swab is all they need! Anyone interested in registering can request a swab kit by going to the Be The Match website.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Housing Could Be Coming To Skid Row — But Not For The People Living There, Advocates Say
Apartments and condominiums for the middle class could be coming to skid row, under a rezoning plan unveiled Tuesday. But skid row advocates warn the plan, currently in draft form, would displace many of the approximately 4,000 homeless people living in the blighted downtown area, or leave them in the streets. The plan, more than a year in the making, still must withstand further review before going before the L.A. City Council for approval next year. It would convert parts of skid row and the adjoining fashion and arts districts from warehouse and industrial uses to residential. If approved and implemented, 100,000 new housing units could be built by 2040, accommodating 176,000 new residents. Downtown currently has 76,000 residents, up from about 18,000 two decades ago. In a concession to advocates who had accused the city of gentrifying skid row, development in the heart of the 50-block area, now home to tent cities, would be restricted to housing people, with annual earnings of $10,000 to $58,000.
Los Angeles Times

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