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October 4, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Thousands Remember Slain Texas Deputy As ‘Ambassador Of All That Is Good'
When he joined the Harris County Sheriff's Office — and fought for the right to wear his turban and beard — Sandeep Dhaliwal became a trailblazer for Sikhs across North America. NYPD Sgt. Gurvinder Singh, president of the Sikh Officers' Association, first got to know Dhaliwal in 2016, after hearing about his mission to wear his articles of faith on duty. “He was the motivation to a lot of guys here,” he said, standing inside the cavernous entrance of the Berry Center in northwest Houston on Wednesday, where he and dozens of other Sikhs from NYPD had traveled to pay their respects at Dhaliwal's funeral. Dhaliwal was shot to death Friday during a traffic stop. Robert Solis, 47, was arrested later that day and charged with murdering the deputy, a 42-year-old father of three.
Houston Chronicle

LAPD Notes ‘Public Concerns', Says No Credible Threats For ‘Joker' Debut
Police are pledging a “high visibility” presence Thursday night in areas around Southern California where the “Joker” movie will be premiering. The Joaquin Phoenix film is a realistically violent take on the Batman comic book villain. LAPD says while there are no credible threats in the L.A. area, the department “will maintain high visibility around movie theaters when it opens”. “The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the premiere of the ‘Joker',” officials said. “We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all of the weekend leisure activities this city has to offer, however, Angelenos should remain vigilant and always be aware of your surroundings. As always, if you see something, say something.” 

San Francisco DA George Gascon quits post, eyes challenge to LA County DA Jackie Lacey
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon on Thursday announced his resignation and said he is moving to Los Angeles to explore a run for top prosecutor there. The San Francisco Police Officers Association issued a statement regarding Gascon's resignation, “We are praying for the residents of Los Angeles hoping that George Gascon does not do to their city what he did to San Francisco during his tenure. We are happy he will be leaving San Francisco but feel horrible that he is taking his record of failure to an even larger county where he can cause even more harm to public safety. Good riddance.”

LAPD Officers Don Throwback Badges To Commemorate 1869 Founding
The Los Angeles Police Department is getting a new look – or, rather, an old one. Officers can choose to don badges that are near-replicas of the original shields the LAPD issued when the agency was born in 1869. The first day officers could wear the old-style badges, in the shape of sunflowers, was Tuesday. They can keep them on until Dec. 31. Chief Michel Moore, who wears one, said the badges are almost the same design as those worn by the first six officers 150 years ago. Back then, the city had just 5,000 residents and paid policing was a new concept. “This was a frontier city at the time,” Moore said. The throw-back badges, unlike the originals, though, do feature the rank and official badge number of the officer to comply with state law. Officers could buy a commerative badge, for about $150, and keep it as a memento after this year. Of the department's 10,000 cops, about 2,000 have bought the special badge. The LAPD's standard-issue, oval-shaped badges, by the way, don't carry a modern design, either. They were created in 1940.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD To Deploy Drones Under Certain Guidelines, Officials Say
After a year-long pilot program, drones are now part of the standard procedure at the Los Angeles Police Department. They can be deployed under certain guidelines that are limited to tactical situations. "The only folks that can operate this are SWAT officers, hazardous materials and bomb squad personnel," said Asst. Chief Horace Frank. Frank stressed approval requires going up the chain of command. It starts with a captain determining it is the only safe way to resolve a situation, getting it signed off by a commander and then a deputy chief. During the pilot program, a drone was used four times. Like body worn camera video, police would release footage of a categorical use of force incident.

Over 2 Dozen People Detained In Watts Area; LAPD Investigating
Over two dozen people have been detained in the area of E 105th Street and Wilmington Avenue in the Watts area of Los Angeles. The incident began at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday after LAPD gang units responded to a large party report. Aerial video from SkyFOX shows a long row of individuals against a white fence as LAPD officers look through several vehicles and search nearby areas. Police have the immediate area blocked off. The public is asked to avoid the area. No further details were immediately known.
FOX 11

LAPD Releases Bodycam Video Of Deadly Shootout In El Sereno Between Gunman, Officers
Los Angeles police released video of a deadly shootout between officers and a gunman in El Sereno. The incident happened Aug. 18 before 11:30 p.m. It was captured on the officers' body worn cameras. The newly released video captures the shootout on the streets of El Sereno between LAPD officers and man, who minutes earlier walked up to their patrol car and opened fire, hitting the driver's side door. Officers turned around to try to track down the suspect, later identified as Roberto Gabriel, a 33-year-old gang member, police said. One officer spotted him nearby on the sidewalk. Video captures when the shots are being fired. During the situation, other vehicles pass by. Police said Gabriel took off running. The suspect then takes off running again, but encounters other officers responding to the original call. "He's behind you. He's behind you," an officer is heard shouting. Multiple shots are then fired. Police said the suspect was shot and officers moved in to handcuff him. Gabriel later died in a hospital. Investigators said a 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.

Accused Crips Gang Members Charged With Selling Crack From Library, Minimart In Exposition Park
More than 20 alleged members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang in South Los Angeles were charged Wednesday in federal indictments accusing them of selling crack cocaine from a minimart, outside a public library and in a park, prosecutors said. Ten of the defendants were arrested Wednesday, two were already in custody on unrelated charges and another nine remain at large, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. The main indictment alleges 39-year-old gang leader Angelo Gabriel Reed of Inglewood, aka “Maniac” and “Yacc,” prepared the drug in his kitchen and sold it from an Exposition Park library branch and a public park nearby. Reed is accused of overseeing a crew that distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine from May 2017 to April 2018.

San Pedro Man Pleads Not Guilty In Girlfriend's Killing
A San Pedro man pleaded not guilty Thursday to murdering his live-in girlfriend, whose body was dumped along the Long Beach (710) Freeway more than a decade ago. Carl Mayes, 41, is charged with the July 14, 2006, killing of Tyquesha Myers. The murder count includes allegations that Mayes intentionally used a firearm. He is also charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Myers, 20, of Long Beach, was found dead along the bike path north of Pacific Coast Highway about 7:30 a.m. July 15, 2006, according to Long Beach police. She died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to records from the coroner's office. The person who found the body said he had not seen Myers when he walked along the same path about 11 p.m. the night before, a Long Beach police lieutenant said at the time. Police said they believe the motive for the killing was domestic violence-related.

Encino Man Faces Sentencing For Threatening To Kill Boston Globe Journalists
An Encino man faces sentencing on Wednesday for threatening to kill journalists at the Boston Globe in retaliation for its role coordinating an editorial response by hundreds of newspapers to President Donald Trump's attacks on the media. Federal prosecutors in Boston are seeking a 10-month prison term for Robert Chain, 69, who they say lobbed “abhorrent, vicious, and menacing” threats at the Boston Globe and at reporters at The New York Times. Chain pleaded guilty in May to transmitting violent threats to the Boston Globe after in August 2018 it urged other newspapers nationally to run editorials denouncing what it called a “dirty war against the free press.” The threats that prosecutors said Chain made to the Globe in a series of phone calls that August mirrored Trump's statements, saying in one phone call that “you are the enemy of the people, and we are going to shoot you all.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Mother Found With 65 Hidden Bundles Of Meth, And Her 6-Year-Old Son, In SUV, Border Patrol Says
Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old mother Tuesday night at a freeway checkpoint in San Diego County after finding nearly 68 pounds of methamphetamine inside the SUV she was driving with her 6-year-old son inside, authorities said. The woman, a Mexican citizen, pulled up to an Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley, east of San Diego, around 9 p.m. driving a 1999 Ford Expedition, Border Patrol officials said in a statement. Agents at the checkpoint sent her to a secondary inspection area where a drug-sniffing dog zeroed in on the rear door of the SUV, authorities said. Agents searched the inside panels of the Expedition and a spare tire, turning up 65 bundles of crystal methamphetamine with a total weight of 67.68 pounds, authorities said. Officials said the estimated street value of the drugs was more than $179,000.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Local Police Departments Unveil Pink Patrol Cars, Patches In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
From Glendale to Burbank and Los Angeles County, several law enforcement agencies in Southern California are showing their support for breast cancer awareness by unveiling pink patrol cars and patches. October is breast cancer awareness month; and many residents will be seeing pink throughout SoCal. The Glendale Police Department is showing their support by adding a partially wrapped pink Jeep and five police motorcycles to its fleet of vehicles. The department has been doing this for the past five years. The Glendale Police Officers' Association has partnered with the Pink Patch Project to bring awareness and funds by selling pink police patches. The patches are $10 and all proceeds will be donated to Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital for cancer research.
FOX 11

Health Officials Now Investigating 21 Serious Vaping-Related Illnesses In L.A. County
A total of 21 serious vaping-related illnesses are now under investigation in Los Angeles County, along with one death, authorities said Thursday. That's five more cases since Sept. 19, when the county Department of Public Health warned Angelenos to “STOP VAPING NOW,” the agency said in a news release. All but one of the patients with serious pulmonary injury reported using both tobacco and marijuana products, but not necessarily at the same time. One person said they used only flavored liquids, with no nicotine, THC or CBD, authorities said. All those sickened reported using various devices and products, which remain under investigation. Roughly two-thirds of the patients are age 25 or younger, officials said.

Local Government News

LAX To End Curbside Pickup By Uber And Lyft Frequent fliers, beware.
Los Angeles International Airport will soon ban ride-hailing companies from picking up passengers outside its terminals, LAX officials said Thursday. Starting on or about Oct. 29, travelers looking to hop on an Uber or Lyft will be taken by shuttle to a parking lot next to Terminal 1, where they can book their rides, said Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director of the Operations and Emergency Management Division at Los Angeles World Airports. Drop-offs at terminals will still be allowed. The decision is in response to worsening congestion at the airport, which is undergoing a $14-billion overhaul of its aging road network and terminals. In recent months, construction has often required LAX to close some lanes. And because airlines have been adding routes, more people are coming to the airport in general, Wilschetz said. Passenger volume increased from 63.7 million in 2012 to 87.5 million in 2018, according to LAX officials.
Los Angeles Times

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