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July 5, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Texas Deputy Fatally Struck During Traffic Stop
A sheriff's deputy was fatally struck by a car while conducting a traffic stop Tuesday. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Deputy Carlos Ramirez was struck by a pickup and killed. The driver Ramirez stopped and the officer's partner were hospitalized after the incident. Ramirez's partner has since been released. Ramirez served with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office since Dec. 2016. Prior to that, he served in the Army. He is survived by his wife and two children. An investigation into the crash is ongoing. "I want his wife and his family to know that we're here for them," Sheriff Al Auxier said. "We'll help them endure this tragedy they're experiencing today."

Tennessee Officer Killed In Crash
A Metro Nashville Police officer died Thursday in a crash. According to Fox 17, 28-year-old officer John Anderson was killed when a teen driver collided with him in an intersection. A DUI officer on patrol had attempted to stop the teen driver moments prior after noticing the teen was driving with high beams on and didn't dim them for oncoming traffic, News Channel 5 reported. When that officer turned his siren on, the teen driver took off. After running the car's plates, the DUI officer found the car was not reported stolen and did not pursue. Anderson, who was not aware of the attempted stop, had the right of way at the intersection when he was hit by the teen driver. Anderson was a four-year veteran of the department. The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license and felony evading.

Shooter Who Opened Fire On Long Beach Police Officers Sought
Police officers in Long Beach came under gunfire Thursday morning while investigating a hit-and-run crash and the shooter was at-large. Officers responded to the 1600 block of East Pacific Coast Highway at 1 a.m to investigate the collision and heard gunshots in the area, according to Lt. Byron Blair of the Long Beach Police Department. Officers moved to a nearby parking lot to take cover and as they made their way through the parking lot, shots were fired at them, Blair said. No officers were hit and a department SWAT team was called to the scene, where evidence of a shooting was located, Blair said. No arrest was reported and a motive for the shooting was unknown, he said. Detectives were on scene and an investigation into the shooting was ongoing.

3 Adults, Child Transported To Hospital Following South LA Shooting
Three adults and a child were transported to a hospital in moderate to serious condition following a Fourth of July shooting in South Los Angeles. The shooting took place in the 1900 block of Adair Street shortly before 9 p.m. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a Hispanic man was armed with a handgun. Police said one suspect fled on a black motorcycle, and another was last seen in a gray Honda. LAPD said the shooting might be gang related and that the victims may know the suspects.

Senior Citizen LADWP Worker Critically Injured In Seemingly Random Attack In Downtown L.A.
A Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee was clinging to life in critical condition Wednesday, a day after he was severely injured in a seemingly random attack in downtown Los Angeles the day before, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Department officials said Wednesday afternoon that the victim had died, but later said he remained hospitalized on life support. The assault took place about 4:35 p.m. in the 400 block of East Temple Street, near Alameda Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said. The victim, a man of about 70 years old, fell to the ground and struck his head following the “felony battery,” the officer said. “One of our employees was walking from our Temple Street yard toward the Metro train platform when he was assaulted by an unknown suspect for no apparent reason,” LADWP spokeswoman Deborah Hong said Wednesday. “Our employee suffered severe injuries as a result of being knocked to the pavement and was taken to a nearby hospital,” she said.

Woman Charged In Hit-and-Run That Killed 91-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor In Valley Village Was Living In Her Car, Arrested On Battery Warrant
A 68-year-old woman arrested last month following a hit-and-run crash in Valley Village that killed an elderly Holocaust survivor was charged Wednesday, officials from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said. Joyce Bernann McKinney faces one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing an injury and vehicular manslaughter, the officials said in a written statement. Prosecutors also filed a sentencing enhancement with the allegation that McKinney caused great bodily injury to a victim more than 70 years old. They said if she's convicted of all counts, she could face up to 11 years in state prison. Los Angeles Police Department detectives said Tuesday that McKinney was the woman driving the white, 2006 GMC pick-up truck seen on security camera footage striking and killing 91-year-old Gennady Bolotsky. Bolotsky was walking in a crosswalk with his dog north across Wilkinson Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard in the early morning of June 17 when the GMC hit him.
Los Angeles Daily News

One Killed In Deputies' Rolling Gunbattle With Shooters In Armored Cadillac Escalade
One person was killed and a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was injured in a shootout with people firing rounds from a Cadillac Escalade in Compton. The shooting occurred in the 400 block of West Spruce Street, near North Oleander Avenue at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Erin Liu of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. LASD deputies said the shooters in an armored-window Cadillac Escalade fired several shots into a patrol car. Shots also were fired at a sheriff's helicopter and during a pursuit that ended in Inglewood. At times, an assault-style rifle was fired from the passenger window. "During the course of the pursuit, deputies came under heavy, sustained gunfire multiple times," said Lt. Derrick Alfred. Investigators said a 65-year-old man was likely caught in the crossfire. One person was arrested. At least one individual is sought.

2 Killed After Car Fleeing Pursuing Officers Crashes Into Parked Vehicles In Northridge
Two people were killed after a car fleeing from pursuing officers crashed into parked vehicles in a CVS parking lot in Northridge early Friday morning, California Highway Patrol said. At about 1 a.m., West Valley CHP officers initiated traffic stop for a white Toyota Paseo they suspected might have been stolen. The driver, a man in his 20s, initially yielded but as officers approached, the driver fled the scene heading southbound on Reseda Boulevard, CHP Officer Weston Haver said. Officers started pursuing the Toyota, but for public safety, discontinued the pursuit after seeing the fleeing driver run two red lights at a high rate of speed, Haver said. Seconds after the pursuit was discontinued, officers drove southbound on Reseda Boulevard, where they found that the driver had lost control and crashed into the parked cars in the parking lot south of Devonshire on Reseda Boulevard, CHP said.

Hate Crimes Targeting Jews And Latinos Increased In California In 2018, Report Says
Despite a slight decline in the overall number of hate crimes reported statewide, incidents targeting Latinos and Jewish people in California surged last year, an uptick experts have blamed on vitriolic rhetoric over immigration and emboldened hate groups. Anti-Semitic hate crimes surged 21%. There were 104 hate crimes against Jews reported in 2017. A year later, that number jumped to 126, according to a report from the California attorney general's office released Tuesday. Hate crimes against Latinos also grew, increasing about 18%. Law enforcement agencies across the state reported 149 hate crimes against Latinos in 2018, up from 126 the year prior, the report states. The increases occur as hate crimes against African Americans, Muslims and gay men showed slight decreases statewide last year. Overall, the report notes a 2.5% decline in hate crimes in California in 2018.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Why L.A.'s Early Warning System Didn't Send An Alert Before The Magnitude 6.4 Quake
Did the ShakeAlertLA system fail to provide an earthquake early warning? Los Angeles residents were asking that question after Thursday's earthquake that was felt throughout Southern California, when they didn't get an early warning from the much-anticipated ShakeAlertLA app, released by the city of Los Angeles earlier this year. Did it fail? Not quite. The ShakeAlertLA smartphone app was only designed to alert users of cellphones physically located in Los Angeles County if there was a decent chance of destruction, with the warning system forecasting at least “light shaking,” or level 4 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale. What was actually felt Thursday in Los Angeles County, while seemingly scary, was actually not that bad. It was forecast by the earthquake early warning system as bringing shaking too weak to cause significant damage in Los Angeles County, said U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Rob Graves.
Los Angeles Times

Expect More Earthquakes, Possibly Even Stronger Ones, Seismologists Say
Seismologists said the 6.4 earthquake that struck Southern California likely broke ground near the epicenter but was far enough away not to do damage in the Los Angeles area. Seismologist Lucy Jones said the quake was far enough away from the dangerous San Andreas fault “that any impact on the system will be minimal.” Still more quakes — possibly bigger ones — are likely. “This does not make [the Big One] less likely. There is about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence,” she added. There have already been dozens of aftershocks from the quake, and Jones says they should keep coming. “Some aftershocks will probably exceed magnitude 5, which means they'll probably be damaging,” she said.
Los Angeles Times

California Lawmakers Work On Revamping The Aging 911 System
California lawmakers have approved raising fees on phones to pay for an upgrade to the state's aging 911 system. Assembly Bill 96 would impose a fee of up to 80 cents per month on phone bills - including cell phones - starting on or after Jan. 1, 2020. The 911 system failed for some people during the Woolsey and Paradise fires in Fall 2018. The flames that ravaged the mountainous canyon communities in the Woolsey fire in November 2018 exposed a very dangerous problem - cell towers burn. Cell towers also burned up in Northern California during the Paradise Fire. California Assemblywoman Christy Smith says no longer can first responders count on communicating through landlines. At one point 40 million people in the state had landline phones. Now the number is fewer than 1 million.

Local Government News

12-0 L.A. City Council Vote Paves Way For Warehouses To Replace 14-Acre South Central Farm
The showdown over the South Central Farm went on for hours: Dozens of protesters were arrested by deputies who pried activists loose from concrete drums using power tools, bulldozed vegetable gardens and rolled in a ladder truck to pluck actress Daryl Hannah and other protesters out of the branches of a walnut tree. That was more than a dozen years ago, when farmers and activists were evicted from a South Los Angeles plot that had become one of the biggest urban farms in the country. Their latest battle ended much more quietly in the marble chambers of City Hall, with a 12-0 vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. The decision paves the way for warehouses and offices to be built on the Alameda Street site, dealing another blow to activists' hopes of reinstating their beloved farm.

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