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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

June 3, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Alabama Officer Shot And Killed, Suspects In Custody
A Moody police sergeant was shot and killed after responding to a call at the Super 8 motel. Chief Thomas Hunt identified the slain officer as Sgt. Stephen Williams. Williams, a 50-year-old father of three, had been a police officer for 23 years, the last three of those at the Moody Police Department. He began his law enforcement career at the Bessemer Police Department. Williams was a father of three, according to a Gofundme account set up for the family. Hunt said Williams had just been promoted to sergeant in the past year and was a recipient of the Keith Turner Office of the Year Award. Turner was shot to death June 27, 1998 and was the last Moody officer killed in the line of duty.

Las Vegas Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of Officer
Las Vegas police have identified 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego as the suspect in the shooting of LVMPD officer Shay Mikalonis on Monday night. According to a department press release, LVMPD homicide detectives identified the suspect in video surveillance firing a handgun at officers as he walked down South Las Vegas Boulevard. Detectives tracked the suspect to a motel located across the street from the shooting. Samaniego was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of attempted murder on a police officer and two counts of unlawful discharging of a firearm. Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis remains in “grave condition” on Tuesday after he was shot Monday night during a confrontation with a heavily armed man after a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd.

L.A. Police Commission Seeks To Make Policy Reforms Following Days Of Protest
Following days of protests against police brutality, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission president said Tuesday the board will take steps to review and revise police policies, with input from the public. “(It) would be easy to say we’ve made great progress, that there’s more accountability, more transparency,” Board President Eileen Decker said. “And while all of that is very, very true, we all have to say `It’s not enough.’ It’s not nearly enough, and we all, no matter who we are, we must reflect inward and answer the fundamental question: what can I do? Everyone has to take responsibility here because everyone can do more, including me and including this committee.” Decker outlined immediate steps the Los Angeles Police Department and the commission must take, including updating police policies and making proposed changes available for public review by July before returning to the commission for action.

LAPD: 2,700 Arrests, 66 Police Vehicles Damaged Since Start Of George Floyd Protests
Police have arrested more than 2,700 people – including nearly 200 for looting and acts of violence – since the protests over George Floyd’s death began last week. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said about 2,500 of the arrests were for failure to disperse or breaking curfew. Moore also said 66 LAPD vehicles have been damaged, seven of which were burned. While many of the protests across Southern California and nationwide have remained peaceful, looting and rioting have occurred near many of the protest sites, most recently in Van Nuys, Hollywood and Santa Monica.

Man With Assault Rifle Impersonating National Guard Arrested At Downtown Protest
A man with a sidearm and assault rifle impersonating a National Guard member was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of illegal possession of an assault weapon near a City Hall protest. Police said he was confronted by real members of the National Guard at 1st and Main streets on Tuesday. Greg Wong, 31, was taken into custody after Guardsmen confronted him after noticing the decals on his uniform were incorrect. Wong had also been seen getting out of an Uber car near 1st and Main streets. Wong had a night scope on his helmet, the correct sidearm and a rifle, but patches he wore suggested service far beyond his years, according to a source familiar with the arrest. It’s unclear why he was wearing the outfit.

LAPD’s Hollywood Division Breaks Daily Record For Arrests, Mostly For Curfew Violations
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division broke its daily record for arrests on Monday after peaceful protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd ended with a series of looting incidents, mostly in Van Nuys and Hollywood. Officers took at least 585 people into custody. Most arrests were for curfew violations, but officers detained 20 people on suspicion of looting and impounded 50 vehicles, a law enforcement source told The Times on Tuesday. LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said officials are still tallying arrest numbers from all areas of the city, which he notes will likely give a more accurate picture of total enforcement.

LAPD Arrests Robbery Suspects After High-Speed Chase Through Los Angeles
Los Angeles police chased robbery suspects through Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles at high speeds Monday night. Officers chased the white Chevy Suburban over surface streets, onto the 101 Freeway and then back onto surface streets in Hollywood. The suspects were wanted for robbery and assault on a police officer. The chase continued at high speeds and the suspect then returned to the southbound 101 and at times exceeded 100 mph in light freeway traffic. The suspect transitioned to the southbound 110 with at least three police units keeping up behind him. Eventually the suspects pulled over in the Florence neighborhood of Los Angeles and three people exited the vehicle, running away on foot into the residential neighborhood. Officers chased after them and caught at least one of the suspects.

Police Pursuit Ends In South LA
Police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the South Los Angeles area Tuesday night. Newschopper4 Bravo was over the chase around 9:50 p.m. The driver did multiple u-turns, leading police on a chase that went through parking lots and gas stations. At one point, police performed a PIT maneuver and seemed to have the driver trapped. However, the driver kept going and was able to continue to lead the chase. The pursuit came to an end around 10:10 p.m., after police did a second PIT maneuver. However, the driver exited the car and did not appear interested in complying and proceeded to seemingly dance, before getting onto the hood of the pursuit car. Soon after, police moved in, but the driver decided to run for a short foot pursuit. After officers caught up to the man, they surrounded him and he was arrested.

National Guard Patrols Torn California Streets Amid Unrest
More than 2,400 California National Guard soldiers toting military assault rifles are on the streets and authorities say that has allowed police officers to crack down on the rampant vandalism and thievery that scarred the first several days of demonstrations. While the vast majority of protesters are peaceful, there have been violent clashes with police in Los Angeles, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and other cities. Following a weekend that saw hundreds of businesses damaged, Sacramento received 500 Guard members on Monday, instituted a curfew and had a much calmer night. “The National Guard are not playing a proactive law enforcement role,” said Officer Karl Chan, a spokesman for Sacramento police. “They are guarding, and we’re using them to guard critical infrastructure to free up our officers to respond to incidents of a critical nature — vandalism, looting, things like that.”

U.S. Cities Again Roiled By 7th Night Of Protest That Turned Violent
The streets of American cities filled with protesters, looters and violence against and by police late Monday, the seventh day of unrest after the police killing of George Floyd. The mix of events do not make for easy summary. Across the country, large gatherings of protesters channeled their anger and frustration into marches and calls to stop police violence against black people. Some used that anger and frustration to break into stores and loot. There were moments of unity amid the chaos: Some police chiefs and officers listened to protesters’ issues and knelt in shows of solidarity. In contrast, other departments rolled out heavily armed officers and used tear gas, rubber bullets, riot shields and batons to disperse people exercising their rights. Some departments did both. By the end of the night, several officers were struck by gunfire and by vehicles, and many more people were arrested.
Public Safety News

Man Suffers Second- And Third-Degree Burns In Mid-Wilshire Fire
A man was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening with second- and third-degree burns suffered in a fire at a Mid-Wilshire residential/commercial complex. The blaze was reported about 6 p.m. at the two-story building in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue, near South San Vicente Boulevard, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. There was no immediate word on what sparked the fire in a business unit, Humphrey said. The flames were extinguished in about 15 minutes. The unidentified victim suffered burns on more than 20% of his body, according to Humphrey. No other injuries were reported.

Los Angeles County Reports 1,202 New Coronavirus Cases, 60 Additional Deaths
Los Angeles County on Tuesday reported 1,202 new coronavirus cases and 60 additional deaths, bringing the totals to 57,118 cases and 2,443 deaths. Forty people who died were over the age of 65 years old; 17 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Forty-five people had underlying health conditions including 31 people over the age of 65 years old, 13 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and one person between the ages of 18 and 40 years old.

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