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Police Protective League
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rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

June 17, 2020
Law Enforcement News

LA Police Union And People's Budget Rep Discuss ‘Defunding Police'
City council leaders introduced a motion to replace LAPD officers with unarmed non-law enforcement agencies, but some people believe the measure doesn't push the needle far enough. At protests across the country, there are calls to defund the police, and in Los Angeles, the "People's City Council" proposed the "People's Budget." The budget was created in April and gained momentum after George Floyd's death. The original People's Budget proposed only 5.72% of the city's budget to go towards policing and law enforcement, but Sergienko said Black Lives Matter LA conducted a survey with 24,000 people to come up with a new percentage of 1.6%. LAPD Officer and Los Angeles Police Protective League director Hannu “TJ” Tarjamo had a different response to how LAPD would operate pointing to concerns with response times. "It [1.6% budget] would be equal to abolishing police departments. That would mean about anywhere between 10 to 20 police cars for the city serving over four million people," said Tarjamo.

Unarmed Specialists, Not LAPD, Would Handle Mental Health, Substance Abuse Calls Under Proposal
Several Los Angeles City Council members called Tuesday for a new emergency-response model that uses trained specialists, rather than LAPD officers, to render aid to homeless people and those suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. A motion submitted by City Council members Nury Martinez, Herb Wesson, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price and Bob Blumenfield asks city departments to work with the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to develop a model that diverts nonviolent calls for service away from the LAPD and to “appropriate non-law enforcement agencies.” Representatives for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing rank-and-file officers, have previously pointed to the increased demands placed upon police officers, saying officers now perform the duties of therapists, drug treatment counselors, social workers and EMTs. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the union’s board of directors, said Tuesday that the union agreed that “not every call our city leaders have asked us to respond to should be a police response.”

'Nothing Short Of A Miracle': LAPD Officer Released From Hospital After Nearly Dying In Car Crash
Fewer than two weeks after he was nearly killed in a terrible automobile accident while on duty, a Los Angeles Police officer was released from County-USC Medical Center on Tuesday. His fellow officers cheered him on as he was brought out in a wheelchair. At just 25-years-old Officer Armando Medina was in a life-death battle. He and his partner from Newton Division, Officer Eric Sifuentes, were responding to a backup call while on duty when they were struck by a tow truck at a South LA intersection. The impact was powerful. The wreckage so twisted it required the jaws of life to free the two men from the police SUV. Medina was critical and fought for weeks through his injuries. The accident received a lot of coverage. It happened during the height of the BLM protest and civil unrest and while police were working around the clock.

The Potentially Dangerous Politics Of ‘Defund The Police’ For Democrats
The grass-roots movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death to defund the police— or at least reallocate some police money to other community services — is not something Democratic politicians in Washington want to touch. And a new poll shows why. An ABC-Ipsos poll out Friday is the first major national poll to ask about this, and it finds that 64 percent of Americans oppose the movement to defund the police. That’s a strong majority saying they think what’s become a rallying cry among a sizable number of protesters is a bad idea. The “defund the police” movement has degrees of intensity. Some supporters want to reallocate some policing money to other community services. The poll got at that nuance, asking people whether they support or oppose “reducing the budget of the police department in your community, even if that means fewer police officers, if the money is shifted to programs related to mental health, housing, and education?” There, too, the message was clear: No. Sixty percent of Americans said they’d oppose that, too, with slightly more than the previous question — 39 percent — saying they’d support reallocating money.

Suspect In Killing Of 2 Bay Area Officers Tied To Right-Wing ‘Boogaloo’ Group, Prosecutors Allege
When sheriff’s deputies searched a white van on June 6 in a wooded hamlet in Santa Cruz County, they found ammunition, firearms, bomb-making equipment — and a ballistic vest with a curious patch. The patch contained an igloo and Hawaiian-style print, markings associated with a growing, extremist, anti-government movement aimed at fomenting unrest and civil war. On Tuesday, federal law enforcement officials announced that they were charging Air Force Sgt. Steven Carrillo, 32, the alleged owner of that vest, and suspected accomplice Robert A. Justus Jr., 30, of Millbrae in the May 29 shooting death of a federal security officer in Oakland. Officials said Carrillo, who also faces state charges in the June 6 killing of a Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputy, was a follower of the “boogaloo” movement, which a federal complaint said is not a fixed group but includes people who identify themselves as militia and target perceived government tyranny.

Man Killed In Shooting In Montecito Heights; Suspect Sought
A 38-year-old man was killed in what authorities say was an apparent gang-related shooting outside his residence in Montecito Heights, police said Tuesday, and authorities were looking for his killer. Danny Paul Sandoval Sr. was shot about 9:10 p.m. Monday in the 3800 block of Monterey Road and died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “Preliminary investigation revealed the victim was standing in the carport area of his apartment complex when a male suspect approached and shot him multiple times,” an LAPD statement said. No description was available of the suspect. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call 877-LAPD-247.

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Ends In Violent Crash In Baldwin Hills Area; 2 Hospitalized
A stolen vehicle pursuit in South Los Angeles ended in a violent crash in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood Monday night. The chase started about 10:30 p.m. but only lasted a few minutes before the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Marlton Avenue. Video from the scene showed the pursuit vehicle had careened into a palm tree after apparently striking another vehicle in the intersection. One of the pursuit vehicle occupants, described only as a woman in her 20s, was not conscious or breathing when she was transported to a local hospital, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said. Her condition was not immediately known. A second person inside the vehicle was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, according to Madison.

2 Injured After Driver Plows Into Demonstrators In Hollywood
The driver of a white BMW plowed through a group of demonstrators in Hollywood Sunday, injuring two people. Video posted to social media shows the hit-and-run at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Gianella Ghiglino, who witnessed the incident, says a group of protesters were blocking the intersection when a driver trying to get through became upset. Two people were struck and left with minor injuries, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The driver is still being sought.

Man Shot To Death While Sitting In Car In East LA
A man was shot and killed while sitting in his car in East Los Angeles Tuesday night. The shooting occurred at 8:20 p.m. in the 5800 block of Ferguson Drive. The victim was sitting in his car when a second car carrying several people drove up alongside and confronted him, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene told CBSLA. Then at least one suspect produced a gun and fired shots at the victim. Deputies arrived on scene to find the man with gunshot wounds to his upper torso, the sheriff’s department said. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died. His name was not released. There is still no motive in the killing. The victim lived in the area and was not a gang member, the sheriff’s department said.

Police Pursue An SUV Driver In South Central Los Angeles
The California Highway Patrol was in pursuit of a black SUV driver early Tuesday evening. The pursuit started just before 5:00 p.m. as it traveled along surface streets in Boyle Heights, downtown Los Angeles, and parts of South LA. FOX 11 was able to capture part of the chase with SkyFOX during the 5:00 p.m. newscast. Towards the end of the pursuit, the driver appeared to slow and follow proper driving protocol and ground units appeared to stop pursuing the driver. Initial reports stated that a CHP unit attempted to pull over the driver for speeding.

Woman Arrested After Wielding Knife in Glendale Galleria Restaurant
A 23-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly wielding a knife inside a Glendale Galleria fast food restaurant, police said Tuesday. Officers responded to the mall on Saturday after security contacted them regarding a woman who entered a closed restaurant, picked up a knife and refused to leave, according to Glendale Police Department Sgt. Christian Hauptmann. The name of the restaurant was not available. Officers arrived and found Anusha Sundar, of Glendale, standing behind the cash registers while holding the “large knife,” Hauptmann said. Officers tried to negotiate with Sundar and asked her to put down the knife, but she didn’t respond to their commands and instead tried to open the registers. Sundar eventually put down the knife, stepped out toward the officers and was detained, Hauptmann said.

DEA Investigating Drug Thefts And Damage At 177 Pharmacies In L.A. Area
At least 177 pharmacies were burglarized or damaged during recent unrest in the Los Angeles area, disrupting some residents’ access to medication and raising concerns that the stolen drugs will be resold on the street. Local and federal law enforcement officials believe organized groups targeted the businesses because they stock prescription drugs, which are easy to carry off in large amounts and can be resold for a high profit on the street. Officials said the groups took advantage of the peaceful protests and were not connected to them. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration totted up 177 pharmacies burglarized or damaged in Los Angeles and Riverside counties, agency officials said. Two pharmacies — one in Huntington Park and one in Van Nuys — were destroyed by fire.

Public Safety News

Number Of Coronavirus Cases In Los Angeles County Surpasses 75,000 Mark
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County surpassed the 75,000 mark Tuesday, as county officials reported 1,337 new cases and 33 additional deaths. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the county now stands at 75,084 with a total of 2,959 deaths. Of the newly reported deaths, 24 were individuals over the age of 65, 20 of which had underlying health conditions. Eight individuals, who all had underlying health conditions, were between the ages of 41 and 65. One person who died, with no underlying health conditions, was between the ages of 18 and 40, health officials said. 

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