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

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 29, 2019
About today

The annual event known as 'The SCRIPT Conference', which NAASCA and LACP sponsor, is today, Monday. If you're in the Los Angeles area we hope you'll attend. The day-long event is completely FREE !!

Here's a look at how the event had been promoted, with links to the web site and schedule:

The SCRIPT Conference !! -- Monday, July 29th -- in Los Angeles -- FREE

Please attend 'The SCRIPT Conference'. All day long, today, Monday, July 29th. There will be a series of free assemblies, presentations and workshops. It's a wonderful annual event!

NAASCA is a sponsor: Bill Murray will speak at the assembly from 10 to noon!

More than 60% of the population has experienced at least one adverse childhood experience.

Evidence suggests that abuse, neglect and other types of adverse experiences are significant risk factors for later physical and mental health problems including drug and/or alcohol abuse, criminal activity, suicide attempts, domestic violence, cancer and heart disease.

The costs to society associated with child abuse and neglect exceed $124 billion per year.

Let's talk about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As the Monday night SCAN episode begins (at 8pm EST, so 5pm PAC) we'll do our traditional 'wrap-up' show.

As such, Bill Murray will call into before he's left the site, and Carol Levine will host the show from New Jersey.

During the day-long conference, Bill will ask a few of the attendees to stop by his "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio show table to share some of their impressions on 'The SCRIPT Conference'. These folks will form the group of panelists for tonight's episode.

But anyone can call in Monday night .. so join us just as you do on any of our shows -- (646) 595-2118

Let's find out .. What did participants enjoy most? What did they learn? Was this their first time attending an would they plan to attend again?


Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Confronted Tagger And Was Fatally Shot At Lincoln Heights Taco Stand, Search Continues For Suspect
The young off-duty officer was eating with friends near a Lincoln Heights taco stand after midnight Saturday when he saw someone tagging a wall. He called out for the person to stop, setting off a chain of events that left Los Angeles Police Department officers mourning the death of one of their own while simultaneously trying to find his killer. According to law enforcement sources, a group of young men approached Officer Juan Jose Diaz sometime after the tagging exchange and began threatening the 24-year-old, his girlfriend and her two brothers. One of the men lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun. Diaz and his group tried to hurry to their car and drive away to avoid a violent confrontation, a source said. As they got into the vehicle, the gunman opened fire, fatally wounding Diaz and injuring one of his girlfriend's brothers. A witness flagged down an LAPD motorcycle officer, who found the two men with gunshot wounds about 1 a.m. at Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street, police said. Diaz was pronounced dead; his girlfriend's brother was taken to a hospital for treatment. With just two years on the force, Diaz was most recently assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau.
Los Angeles Times

Devastated Loved Ones Remember Slain LAPD Officer As Someone ‘You Could Count On For Everything'
A 24-year-old Los Angeles police officer who was gunned down at a Lincoln Heights taco stand was being remembered by loved ones who said he was the “best kid.” Juan Diaz was killed early Saturday morning, and by Sunday, the search continued for his killer. Family, friends and classmates of the policy academy gathered during an impromptu vigil to remember Diaz. “We have a mom, a dad, broken,” said Sarahy Diaz, his sister. Sgt. Manuel Hernandez met Diaz as a cadet in the police academy. “He grew up in a gang infested neighborhood and still never joined a gang,” he said. That's because Diaz grew up not far from where he was gunned down in Lincoln Heights. He graduated from Bravo Medical Magnet High School. “He was never the jock. He was never the smart kid. He was the best kid,” said Martin Gomez, a childhood friend. “You could count on him for everything.” Rene Rivera, another childhood friend, said, “He loved law enforcement. He loved it.”

Four Arrested After Attacking Officers At A Party In San Fernando
Four people were arrested for allegedly attacking police officers during a violent brawl in San Fernando. Cellphone video shows the officers using their batons to control a crowd of 30 outside a home on Fourth Street. Around 2 a.m. police responded to the home after receiving calls from neighbors who were complaining about loud music coming from the house. Once on scene officers told the crowd to disperse, according to police that's when one man threw a bottle at one of the officers. Four people were taken into custody. The injured officers were treated at a nearby hospital. 
FOX 11

3 Victims Identified In Deadly San Fernando Valley Shooting Spree; Suspect Held Without Bail
Officials have identified three of the four people who were killed in the shooting rampage across the San Fernando Valley Thursday that included the suspect's father and brother. Gerry Dean Zaragoza is suspected in the killing spree that started early Thursday morning with his own family members in Canoga Park and ended with the fatal shooting of an apparent stranger on a Metro bus in Lake Balboa. Charges against Zaragoza, who is being held without bail after a 12-hour manhunt, have yet to be announced. He may make his first court appearance Monday. Besides his own family members, one of the victims was identified as a woman who knew Zaragoza - but wanted nothing to do with him, according to family members. The string of horrific crimes began at about 2 a.m., when Los Angeles police officers responded to the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard for reports of multiple people shot. Officers found a woman and two men -- later identified as the alleged gunman's mother; his 56-year-old father Carlos I. Zaragoza; and 33-year-old brother Carlos Pierre Zaragoza -- suffering from gunshot wounds.

Motive For San Fernando Valley Crime Rampage That Left 4 Dead And 2 Injured Remains A Mystery
After a violent crime rampage left four people dead and two others injured, investigators are still trying to determine what prompted Thursday's series of shootings in the San Fernando Valley. Authorities believe one man, 26-year-old Gerry Zaragoza, is responsible for the 12-hour long ordeal that began and ended in Canoga Park, but included four separate crime scenes and prompted a San Fernando Valley-wide tactical alert. “He had anger issues. He always seemed upset with his parents. His family was really nice. I didn't expect all this to happen,” a neighbor named Gabriel said after Zaragoza was captured. Gabriel believes Zaragoza was struggling with drug and anger problems prior to Wednesday's violent series of events. Those events began about 2 a.m. at the Roscoe Boulevard Apartments where Zaragoza's family lived. Zaragoza is suspected of opening fire on three family members. The shooting resulted in the deaths of his father and brother. His mother was left wounded and taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

Armed Person Suspected Of Drinking In Public Wounded In Police Shooting Outside Apartment Building In South L.A.
A person suspected of drinking in public was wounded in a police shooting after he took out a handgun when police chased him into an apartment building's courtyard in South Los Angeles Friday night, the los Angeles Police Department said. LAPD gang enforcement officers approached a large group of people drinking in public at Vermont Square Park at about 9:42 p.m., and as they got closer, two people "who appeared to be armed" ran from the area, police said. Police did not provide an age for the suspects and only described them as male. Officers chased them and followed one of them into the courtyard of an apartment building in the area of 47th Street and Budlong Avenue in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South L.A., authorities said. "The suspect then produced a handgun and an officer involved shooting occurred," LAPD said. "The suspect was struck and was taken into custody without further incident." The wounded suspect was taken to a hospital where he is in stable condition, according to police.

Youth Programming At North Hills Park Aimed At Deterring Gangs, Crime
For the past 10 years, North Hills resident Aida Medina has taken her children to parks in Sylmar and other neighboring communities to avoid letting them play in the one across the street from her home. The North Hills Community Park on Parthenia Avenue was where “bad things” happened, the 46-year-old said. “There were drive-bys, drunk people and bad stuff,” Medina said. “I was frustrated, I don't want to see that. We can't can hang out there, when they're here.” The park has had a reputation for years as a place frequented by gang members. But on Thursday, the it was filled with young people kicking around soccer balls, teenagers cracking jokes in the bleachers and children perched atop jungle gyms. Amid all the activity, Los Angeles Police Department officers were sprinkled throughout the park, chatting with parents and their children who had come to enjoy the music, food and games that accompanied the announcement of new events and programming set to roll out in the coming months. Some of the changes were spurred by the new soccer field and other improvements city officials unveiled in February.
Los Angeles Daily News

Want To Patrol Your Neighborhood And Go On Stakeouts? The LAPD Needs 5,000 Volunteers
As a silver Toyota Prius barreled down Balboa Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, Karla Hanley aimed a radar gun at the car. “It's 54 on this one,” yelled Hanley, who was wearing a reflective vest emblazoned with the word “Police.” Terri Perez then focused a camera on the car, snapping a photo of the license plate. The Los Angeles Police Department will soon send the driver a warning letter about going 14 mph over the speed limit. But Hanley and Perez aren't cops. The women are part of a volunteer force the LAPD created in 2016 to patrol neighborhoods and deter property crimes. After starting in the Devonshire Division, the program has grown to more than 400 volunteers across the city. But now, Chief Michel Moore wants to recruit 5,000 individuals to serve at least eight hours a month. The duties have expanded from basic patrols to undercover surveillance and operating bike and horse units in the San Fernando Valley and walking the beat with officers on Hollywood Boulevard.
Los Angeles Times

3 Killed In Shooting At California Festival, Including 6-Year-Old
A 6-year-old boy described by his grandmother as always kind and happy was one of three people killed and at least 15 others injured when a gunman heard to be “really angry” opened fire during the closing moments of a popular weekend garlic festival in Northern California. Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the gunman was armed with a rifle and sneaked in through a fence that borders a parking lot next to a creek. He appeared to randomly target people when he opened fire just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the conclusion of the three-day festival that attracts more than 100,000 people to the city known as the “Garlic Capital of the World.” Police responded within a minute and killed the suspect, Smithee said. Some witnesses reported a second suspect, Smithee said, but it was unclear whether that person was armed or simply provided assistance. A manhunt continued late into the night. A 6-year-old boy was one among those killed, his father said. “My son had his whole life to live and he was only 6,” Alberto Romero, the father of Stephen Romero told NBC Bay Area. “That's all I can say.”
Associated Press

Local Government News

San Fernando Valley's City Council District 12 Candidates, Vying For Key Office Amid A Wave Of Change, Could Not Be More Different
Vying to represent a northwest San Fernando Valley district whose leaders' views looked the same for decades, the two candidates in City Council District 12 couldn't be more different. Loraine Lundquist is a Democrat, an astrophysicist and a college instructor. John Lee is a Republican who worked for two decades for the city, including as chief of staff to former Los Angeles Councilman Mitchell Englander. “This is the last Republican stronghold in the Los Angeles city election,” said Tom Hogen-Esch, professor of political science at California State University-Northridge. “You're going to see Lundquist trying to pull out the fact that she is a Democrat and Lee probably is going to downplay the fact that he is a Republican. As always, everything depends upon whose voters turn out.”
Los Angeles Daily News

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