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January 7, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Failures of George Gascon's San Francisco Tenure Draw National Attention
San Francisco police Lt. Tracy McCray says the city's prosecutors are to blame for rising crime and disorder in the city. "They make the decision whether [criminal cases] will get charged or not and most of the time, it's like 'Nope, not charged. Nope, not charged,'" McCray said during an exclusive interview with "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
Fox News

Fallen Ohio Officer Honored For Line-Of-Duty Death 87 Years Ago

Oakwood officer Claude McCormick will be honored as a fallen police officer 87 years after an accident in the line of duty that led to his death in 1933. His death is the only line-of-duty death in Oakwood history, according to the Oakwood FOP Lodge 107, which researched McCormick's passing. “We also realized that he was never recognized for dying in the line of duty, but now he will be added to the national memorial,” officer Greg Ortel told the Dayton Daily News. McCormick is scheduled to have his name added to the National Fallen Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 13, thanks to members of the lodge, who discovered the oversight last year. “As we speak, they are likely etching his name on the memorial,” Ortel said, as he shared information on the research that led to the overdue honor being bestowed upon McCormick.
Dayton Daily News

LAPD Investigating Deadly Shooting In Pico-Union
Los Angeles police are on scene of a deadly shooting that occurred Monday night in the Pico-Union area. A Hispanic man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene, LAPD said. The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. near Olympic Boulevard and Alvarado Street. The victim has not been identified. No suspect information was immediately available. The immediate streets leading up to the crime scene are closed off. No further details were immediately known. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

Homicide Investigation Underway After Man Found Dead In Atwater Village
A homicide investigation is underway after a man was found dead in Atwater Village early Monday, officials said. Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to the 4200 block of Chevy Chase Drive about 7:25 a.m. and found the victim. He was described as being between 50 and 60 years old and appeared to be the victim of an assault, police said. It is unclear how the man died, but police told KTLA that the incident is being investigated as a homicide. The scene, near train tracks, was cordoned off as detectives tried to piece together what happened, video from the scene showed. No further details about the incident have been released.

Bay Area Car Burglars Travel Down The Coast To Snatch Belongings From Los Angeles Tourists, Police Say

The thefts began multiplying in the last year: Crooks smashed windows or entered unlocked doors to swipe luggage, shopping bags and other valuables from cars parked at tourist destinations across Los Angeles' Westside. As investigators chased leads, they noticed striking similarities in the heists: The suspects were Bay Area gang members traveling in rental cars to Southern California to commit crimes against unsuspecting tourists at shopping centers, museums and other high-traffic areas. Scouring parking lots and garages for out-of-state license plates and scoping out windshields for bar codes indicating a rental car was their MO. Now, detectives from police agencies in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are scrambling to stem a new, audacious crime wave in which hard-to-track out-of-towners are preying on vulnerable sightseers at some of the nation's top tourist destinations.
Los Angeles Times

Barricaded Suspect Taken Into Custody In Mid-Wilshire
An hours-long standoff in the Mid-Wilshire area came to an end Monday with the arrest of a person who had barricaded himself inside a residence, and no injuries were reported. Police responded to the area for unknown reasons around 9:30 a.m., and one person was taken into custody and another barricaded himself in the home in the 1000 block of Cloverdale Avenue, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. A SWAT team was summoned to the scene and set up a perimeter that stretched from Olympic Boulevard to Edgewood Place, between La Brea and Cochran avenues, according to the LAPD. The suspect was taken into custody around mid-afternoon, according to Sgt. Patrick Welsh of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division.

LAPD Releases Video Of Road Rage Attack That Severely Injured Man
Police Monday released video of a road rage attack on a motorist in Van Nuys in hopes that the public can help identify three men involved in the beating, which left the victim severely injured. The victim was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Woodman Avenue last Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. when the suspects pulled up behind him in a black Jeep, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man behind the wheel of the Jeep had been driving erratically, police said. Both drivers pulled to the curb and the occupants exited their vehicles, at which point the Jeep's driver punched the victim in the head, knocking him unconscious and causing him to fall to the ground, the LAPD reported. The suspects jumped back in the Jeep, which was last seen heading south on Woodman Avenue from Victory Boulevard, police said.

Airbnb Removes 28 Homes Identified By LAPD As ‘Chronic Party Houses'
Airbnb says they have taken down more than two dozen listings identified by the LAPD as “chronic party houses” in the Hollywood Hills. All upcoming reservations for the 28 listings identified by Airbnb were canceled. Some of the properties were removed from Airbnb based on the issues identified and shared by the LAPD, while others will be subject to suspension and have to be recertified as being in good standing with the city of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Hills properties that were banned from the home-sharing service were not identified, but Airbnb says some of the properties have generated citations and cease-and-desist orders. Not every home on the list provided by the LAPD were Airbnb listings, according to the company.

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape, Other Sex Crimes In LA
Harvey Weinstein was charged Monday on new sex crime charges in Los Angeles, just as his trial on separate rape and sexual assault charges in New York was poised to get underway, prosecutors announced Monday. The disgraced movie mogul was charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced. He is set to be arraigned at a later date, and prosecutors recommended $5 million bail. "We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them," Lacey said in a statement.

Ex-Doctor Sentenced In L.A. To Two Years For Health Care Fraud

A two-year prison sentence was handed down Monday for a former physician from Encino who engaged in health care fraud and illegally prescribed controlled substances. Kain Kumar, 56, was also ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines, forfeiture and restitution, and to serve three years on supervised release following his time in custody. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ordered Kumar to surrender to U.S. marshals at the end of the day to begin serving his sentence. The defendant has already surrendered his medical license, defense attorney David Willingham told the court. Kumar pleaded guilty in April to fraudulently billing Medicare for services not rendered and prescribing the opiate painkiller hydrocodone for no legitimate purpose.

Local Government News

Herb Wesson Secures A Contested Democratic Party Endorsement In Race For L.A. Supervisor
City Council member Herb Wesson has received the backing of the L.A. County Democratic Party in his campaign to win a hotly contested seat on the Board of Supervisors. Again. On Sunday, party officials tossed out a challenge to its original endorsement last month, saying Wesson's opponent, former L.A. City Council member Jan Perry “did not meet the burden of proof” required to rescind the decision. “Our job is to keep the party transparent, accountable and operating,” party Chair Mark Gonzalez said in a statement. “I'm proud of our team for working with integrity and providing the committee and campaigns with all the necessary information to conclude this process.” Wesson won the endorsement the first time on Dec. 10 with 114 votes. Perry got 26 votes, and state Sen. Holly Mitchell, who also is vying for the 2nd District seat, got 44 votes, narrowly giving Wesson the 60% required for a victory.
Los Angeles Times

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