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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 6, 2020
Law Enforcement News

3 NYPD Officers Die Of COVID-19
Another three members of the NYPD died since Friday of coronavirus (COVID-19)-related illnesses, bringing the total number to 11. The department this weekend announced the deaths of School Safety Agent Linosee Mosley, assigned to the 111 Precinct School Safety Unit; Auxiliary Police Lieutenant, Pierre Moise, assigned to the 71 Precinct, and School Safety Agent Luis Albino, assigned to the School Safety Division. On Saturday, a funeral was held for Detective Cedric Dixon of the 32nd Precinct, who died March 28 of complications related to coronavirus. All three of the the officers whose deaths were announced over the weekend were members of the department for at least two decades, according to a written statement from the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information’s office.

‘We Are Reeling’: Coronavirus Kills Two Riverside Sheriff’s Deputies In 24 Hours
In the end, it was not the bombs he disarmed, the suspicious packages he retrieved or the meth labs he raided that killed David Werksman, a 22-year deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. It was the coronavirus. Werksman, 51, died Thursday night, the second Riverside sheriff’s deputy killed by the virus in a day. Terrell Young, 52, a deputy who worked in the county jails, died Thursday morning. “We are reeling from the reality that this virus has taken the lives of two of our family members within the past 24 hours,” Sheriff Chad Bianco said Friday. Law enforcement officers serve on the front lines of the pandemic, and most have little or no ability to do their jobs in isolation or without coming into contact with the public or their colleagues.

Count Of LAPD Employees Positive For Coronavirus Grows To 45
Forty-five employees of the Los Angeles Police Department had tested positive for the coronavirus as of Sunday, city officials announced. The count has risen from 34 as reported by Police Chief Michel Moore on March 31. “One LAPD employee has recovered and returned to full duty, one individual is hospitalized and all other individuals are self-isolating at home and recovering,” said a Sunday statement from the city’s Emergency Operations Center. Also, 13 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department have tested positive, the statement said. That’s up from eight as reported on April 1. “Two LAFD employees have recovered and returned to duty, with one member who is currently hospitalized and being treated. The remaining 10 employees are recovering at home,” the city statement said.

1 Killed, 2 Wounded In Gramercy Park Shooting
One person died and two others were wounded in apparent drive-by shooting in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The gunfire was reported just after 4 p.m. in the area of 89th Street and Hobart Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman said. Three victims were struck by gunfire, police said. One of them, described only as male, succumbed to his wounds, officials said. Another victim, also described as a male, was shot in the arm, police said. A female victim suffered a gunshot wound to her leg. Their ages were not clear. Police described the shooting as a possible drive-by attack. Officers were seeking four male suspects believed to be in a Chevrolet Malibu in connection with the shooting.

1 Killed In Van Nuys Stabbing, Woman Arrested
A woman was arrested after she stabbed a man to death during a scuffle in Van Nuys early Sunday morning, police said. Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives said the woman pulled out a knife while the victim fought with another man in the 6900 block of Kester Avenue at around 1:30 a.m. The victim, a 37-year-old man, who has not been identified yet, was taken to a hospital after the fight, and later died, said Officer Norma Eiseman, an LAPD spokeswoman. The 30-year-old suspect and the man, also 30, who fought with the victim were both detained at the scene. The woman was arrested, but has not been identified yet. The other man has not been arrested; detectives were still investigating his involvement in the fight, Eisenman said.

Homeless Man Stabbed To Death On Sherman Oaks Street
Police are investigating the stabbing death of a 35-year-old man late Thursday night in Sherman Oaks. Los Angeles police responded to the 15200 block of Burbank Boulevard where they found the man dead on the sidewalk from multiple stab wounds. The victim’s name was not immediately released. Witness heard screams coming from the area prior to the victim being found, police said. The crime scene is located a few blocks from the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, which is known for having multiple homeless encampments which the L.A. city crews have been working to clean-up since January. Police do not yet have a motive in the killing or any suspect information. Anyone with information on the case should call detectives at 818-374-9550.

Teen Shot In South Los Angeles
A 15-year-old boy was shot Saturday as he rode a pocket bike in the Manchester Square area of South Los Angeles, authorities said. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. at Gramercy Place and Manchester Avenue, according to a dispatcher in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Center. The victim was wounded in a leg, the dispatcher said. Paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the scene, he said. A description was not available.

More Southern California Police Cover Their Faces To Guard Against Coronavirus
Many local law enforcement agencies are asking their officers and deputies to wear face coverings while out on the street, following recommendations by local health agencies that the public should don masks or bandanas to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Health departments for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties for the first time this week said folks should shield their faces in light of research showing that COVID-19 can spread through asymptomatic individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also made the recommendation Friday to use cloth and non-medical masks, but emphasized that social distancing remains a crucial factor in slowing the spread of the virus. As the number of positive cases climb across the region, law enforcement agencies have also seen a rise of those contracting coronavirus in their departments.

Police Nationwide Report Rise In Domestic Violence Calls
Reports of domestic violence increased in March in many cities around the country as the coronavirus pandemic spread, according to law enforcement officials — raising concerns about families’ safety as they isolate at home. Of the 22 law enforcement agencies across the United States that responded to requests for data on domestic violence calls, 18 departments said they had seen a rise in March. Houston police received about 300 more domestic violence calls in March than they did in February, a roughly 20 percent increase. Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, police fielded 517 additional calls about domestic violence in March compared to the same month last year, an 18 percent jump, while Phoenix police received nearly 200 more calls, an increase of nearly 6 percent. “The financial stress alone creates a ticking time bomb for some families with a history of domestic violence,” said Steve Mueller, sheriff of Cherokee County, South Carolina, which saw a 35 percent increase in cases in March compared to February.

Public Safety News

L.A. County Tells Paramedics To Delay Transporting Cardiac Patients Amid Coronavirus
Los Angeles County officials this week ordered paramedics to wait five minutes after reviving someone in cardiac arrest to see whether their heart stops again before racing them to the hospital, a policy intended to reduce the number of high-risk patients flooding emergency rooms during the coronavirus outbreak. The policy, which could apply to 911 patients suffering heart attacks or drug overdoses, as well as those with COVID-19, instructs first responders to wait and see whether a patient loses heart function again within five minutes after being revived. If so, paramedics will continue CPR in the field until a doctor tells them to stop because it is probably futile. CPR could continue for as long as 40 minutes, county officials said. The aim is to keep people who are likely to die out of hospitals, which are expected to soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as the pandemic worsens. The number of people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County more than doubled from Monday to Friday.

L.A. County Coronavirus Cases Top 5,200 With 117 Deaths After Biggest One-Day Increase
Coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County topped 5,200 Saturday as another 28 deaths were reported in the county's biggest one-day increase yet. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 711 new cases of the novel coronavirus as the total number of deaths climbed to 117 in the county. “This is the most dramatic increase in deaths we have seen since the COVID-19 crisis began," the county's public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a written statement. Since the county’s first death was reported on March 11, The largest number of COVID-19 single-day deaths reported by the county was 13 on Thursday. A total of 5,277 people have tested positive for respiratory illness countywide as of Saturday, according to a public health department news release.

Local Government News

LA Leaders To Propose Rent-Relief Fund, Jobs Program As Part Of Coronavirus Recovery Efforts
A program that gave financial assistance to renters last fall could make a comeback under a proposal Los Angeles Council President Nury Martinez is set to introduce this week in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Martinez said Friday, April 3, that she will propose a “renter relief program” at an emergency council meeting on Tuesday, that would be similar to a $3 million program she spearheaded last October for people hit with rent increases, during a brief window of time leading up to a statewide rent control law going into effect. It was unclear Friday how the new program would work, who would be eligible for it and under what specific circumstances. But a news release said that the council president “wants to see that program re-established, funded and running by the time the pandemic state of emergency ends.” The proposal comes as many tenants — some who have recently lost their jobs due to business closures amid the coronavirus pandemic — have had to inform their landlords in the days leading up to April and afterward that they may not be able to pay their rent.

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