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February 5, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Texas Officer Killed, Another Injured After Being Struck By Vehicle During Traffic Stop
A seven-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department, Officer Alan McCollum, was killed and another officer, Michael Love, was injured during a traffic stop on the evening of Jan. 31, reports Caller Times. Department spokesperson Lt. Michael Pena said three officers were conducting a traffic stop when a vehicle struck one of the units. One person, Brandon Portillo, had been detained as part of the investigation. He is accused of striking the marked police vehicles and faces multiple charges, including intoxication manslaughter. Officer McCollum was a U.S. Army veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, according to ODMP. He is survived by his wife and three children. 

Wisconsin Officer Shot And Wounded, Suspect Takes Own Life
A Milwaukee police officer was shot and wounded during a pursuit early Tuesday and the suspected gunman later took his own life, authorities said. The 33-year-old officer was hospitalized. Officers spotted a car driving recklessly about 1 a.m. Tuesday and attempted to stop it, but the driver refused to pull over, according to Capt. David Salazar. The vehicle crashed and three people fled on foot with two officers giving chase. One of the three — identified by police as a male — turned and fired at the officers, wounding one. The two others were arrested, Salazar said. Officers searching the area about an hour later found the suspected shooter dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. His gun was recovered at the scene.
Associated Press

As L.A. Traffic Deaths Stay High, Officials Plead With Drivers To Stop Texting
In the fourth full year of a program designed to eliminate traffic fatalities on Los Angeles streets, the number of people killed in car crashes stayed stubbornly high, early data show. Last year, 244 people were killed in traffic collisions on city streets, a decrease of 0.8% compared to 2018, according to preliminary figures from the city. The victims included 134 people who were walking and `19 people biking. The data may change slightly with additional analysis, officials said. But the early figures suggest another year of lackluster progress for Vision Zero, Mayor Eric Garcetti's initiative to eliminate traffic deaths on city streets by 2025. Since Vision Zero was launched in 2015, the number of pedestrians, vehicle occupants, bicyclists and motorcyclists killed annually in traffic crashes has risen 33%. Fatalities surged in 2016 from 183 to 253, and have fallen 3.6% since then. Los Angeles has yet to achieve the first major benchmark set out in Vision Zero: a 20% reduction in deaths that officials had hoped to achieve in 2017.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD To Develop Tactics Against Hate Crimes
Citing a dramatic increase in hate crimes reported in Los Angeles, the LA City Council instructed the police department Tuesday to develop measures to protect "vulnerable institution" from violence and vandalism. LAPD recently reported total hate crimes increased 10.3% in 2019 compared to the prior year. That number has risen 40% over the last four years. "Hate crimes continue to rise across our country, but today, Los Angeles is taking a stand,'' Councilman David Ryu said. "We will not give in to fear or cynicism. We will not accept this as the new normal." The council action requires LAPD to provide periodic reports to the council's Public Safety Committee on the number of hate crimes reported each year. It also requires the police department to take proactive measures to protect institutions like synagogues, mosques and cultural centers, to increase outreach and information sharing, and requires it to distribute hate crime information pamphlets in multiple languages.

Car Thief, His Mother Charged After Pursuit Ends With Him Hiding In Mom's San Pedro Home: Prosecutors
A Long Beach man and his mother have been charged in connection with a high-speed police pursuit that ended with the man barricaded at his mother's home in San Pedro, officials announced Tuesday. Anthony Leon Hernandez, aka Jereme Cruz Hernandez, 34, faces one felony county of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly, one felony count of grant theft of an automobile and two misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday. Hernandez's mother, Gina Lorraine Hernandez, aka Gina Loraine Muñoz, 52, faces one felony count of accessory after the fact. Both the mother and son pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday, officials said.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Alleged Hate Crime Attacks
A former delivery driver pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from a series of alleged hate crime attacks on men in West Los Angeles, Inglewood and Culver City. Joshua Immanuel Ebow, 30, of Los Angeles, allegedly committed the crimes because he perceived the victims to be gay or members of the LGBTQ community, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Ebow, who has remained jailed at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $135,000 bail since his Jan. 3 arrest, is due back in court on Feb. 14, when a preliminary hearing date is expected to be set. Ebow was initially charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon involving alleged attacks against two men in the Westfield Culver City mall on Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. The District Attorney's Office subsequently added two felony counts of battery and one felony count of exhibiting a deadly weapon, along with a misdemeanor charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon.

More Than 500 Arrests Made in Annual Statewide Human Trafficking Operation, LASD Announces

An annual statewide human trafficking operation led to hundreds of arrest last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday. "Operation Reclaim and Rebuild" took place Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, with efforts from the Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles Police Department among dozens of federal, state and local agencies. Officers made a total of 518 arrests across California, including 266 individuals who solicited illegal acts, 27 people for pimping, pandering or supervising, and 190 others for commercial sex work, according to the Sheriff's Department. Authorities rescued 87 victims, including 11 minors, the agency said. At a news conference on Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva described an undercover operation at a Sunnyvale hotel in which officers arrested a man accused of taking advantage of three women addicted to heroin. That person had a previous record for human trafficking, according to the sheriff. Villanueva said the arrests should serve as a warning for those involved in similar crimes.

Fugitive Doctor Once On A ‘Most Wanted' List Gets Prison For Defrauding Medicare
A doctor who was once on a federal most-wanted fugitive list was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 4, to 30 months in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that also resulted in guilty pleas from two Buena Park residents and a Sylmar man. Chiropractor David Y. Kim, 57, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who ordered Kim to pay $690,519 in restitution to Medicare, a Department of Justice news release said. In 2015, after meeting with federal agents, Kim fled to South Korea. He was placed on the Department of Health and Human Services most wanted list. Kim was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2019 and returned to the U.S. Kim pleaded guilty that September to one count of health care fraud and one count of receiving illegal kickbacks in exchange for Medicare referrals. From 2012 to 2014, Kim owned and operated New Hope Clinic in Koreatown, where he submitted claims to Medicare for physical therapy services that were not provided to patients, the release said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge to Decide if South Dakota Man Accused of Rape and Torture in SoCal to Stand Trial

A judge Tuesday is scheduled to decide if a South Dakota man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend and holding her at a Desert Hot Springs RV park where he allegedly tortured and raped her will stand trial. John Leo Hemmer, 46, is charged with 12 felony counts including rape, torture, attempted murder and spousal abuse. Riverside County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call on Feb. 6, 2019 at about 7:30 p.m. to a KOA campground at 70405 Dillon Road, sheriff's Sgt. Francisco Velasco said at the time. "The reporting party stated her boyfriend had assaulted her and she was prevented from leaving,'' he said. When deputies arrived, they found the victim with numerous non-life-threatening injuries, and she was taken to a hospital. Hemmer was later arrested.

Local Government News

‘Jails For Children': LA City Council Temporarily Bans Private Immigrant Detention Centers
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to temporarily ban private companies from establishing or operating immigrant detention centers within the city limits. The temporary ban also applies to so-called shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors, like the one company VisionQuest has proposed in Arleta — a predominantly Latino neighborhood. City Council President Nury Martinez, who championed the proposal, criticized the federal government and detention center operators, saying the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents when they cross the border has “scarred them for life.” “The fact that you are holding minors in such a place, in my opinion, (they) are just simply prisons or jails for children,” she said. “We know they've caused misery and pain for countless others. What we should be doing instead of separating families at the border is reuniting them, and we simply do not want this type of detention center in our neighborhoods.”

Comics Stand Up For LA City Council's Black History Month Recognition

A trio of big-name comics — Eddie Griffin, Tiffany Haddish and Luenell Campbell — were honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to mark the beginning of Black History Month. Councilmen Herb Wesson, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price welcomed the comedians, who have filled stadiums and theaters and made their mark on television and film. Luenell, as she's known “mononymously,” has been a stand-up comic for decades, and appeared in recent films such as “A Star is Born” and “My Name is Dolomite.” But her film career truly gained traction after her cameo in Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 film “Borat.” Before her career took off, she said she spent some time in Los Angeles' Twin Towers Correctional Facility. “We didn't think anything like this would ever happen for black comedians in Los Angeles,” Luenell said.
Los Angeles Daily News

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