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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

July 7, 2020
Law Enforcement News

California Capitol Flags To Fly At Half-Staff In Honor Of LAPD Senior Detention Officer Who Died From Coronavirus
Flags at the California State Capitol will fly at half-staff in honor of Los Angeles Police Department Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo who died on Friday from coronavirus complications. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued a statement saying he and his wife Jennifer Newsom are keeping McAdoo’s loved ones and colleagues in their thoughts. The 39-year-old officer was assigned to the Custody Services Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. She is survived by her mother, Donna Royston. The LAPD said 287 Department employees are currently at home after having been exposed to or have tested positive for coronavirus. Los Angeles County health officials reported 1,584 new coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths on Monday. To date, there is a countywide total of 116,570 cases and 3,534 deaths.

44 Additional LAPD Employees Tested Positive For COVID-19 Bringing Total To 320
The Los Angeles Police Department reported Monday that 44 additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the department’s total to 320. According to Jessica Kellogg of the Emergency Operations Center, 254 employees are at home recovering or self-isolating due to exposure, and 136 have returned to work. On Friday, the department announced the first coronavirus fatality among its ranks. Erica McAdoo, a senior detention officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, died from complications related to the coronavirus, department officials said. As of Monday, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported 24 employees have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total to 101, Kellogg says. Of the employees, 46 have returned to work, and 55 are at home recovering.

Gun Violence Surges In Major American Cities In The Midst Of A Pandemic And A Policing Crisis
The stray bullet shattered a window and pierced the head of the 10-year-old girl in her home in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. She died at a hospital Sunday morning. A toddler, just 20 months old and strapped to a car seat, was shot in the chest in Englewood while his mother drove home from a laundromat Saturday afternoon, according to police and CNN affiliate WBBM. His 22-year-old mother, herself grazed by a bullet fired in the drive-by shooting, rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. "As a dad standing alongside other parents up here on this podium, I struggle to make sense of the reckless gun violence that continues to take the lives of our young people," Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown told reporters Monday. In the first week of June alone, the Los Angeles Police Department reported that homicides increased 250% compared to the previous week. New York City has seen a 44% spike in shootings this year to 511, from 355 during the same period in 2019, according to the NYPD. There have been 176 murders, which is 23% higher than last year.

Man Shot To Death In South Los Angeles
A man was shot to death in the Vermont Square area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. It happened at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at 52nd Street and Western Avenue, said Officer D. Orris of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Center. Witnesses said a man walked up and shot the victim multiple times, Orris said. Paramedics took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was believed about 45 years old and homeless, he said.

Suspect At Large After Shooting In Unincorporated Area Of LA Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded
Authorities on Sunday were searching for a suspect in connection with the shooting of two men in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles that left one dead. The shooting unfolded around 1:40 a.m. on 124th and South San Pedro streets. It was there that deputies responded to a call of a gunshot victim. When they arrived, they located two men who had been shot. One was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The suspect fled in a white vehicle, and remained at large. An investigation was underway. Those with more information were asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Man, Two Boys, Wounded In Car-To-Car Shooting In Gardena Area; Suspect Sought
Authorities Monday were trying to determine a motive for a car-to-car shooting in the Gardena area that wounded two boys and a man, who was hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting was reported about 10:45 p.m. Sunday in the 15000 block of Avalon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man was hospitalized in critical condition and the boys, ages 11 and 14, were treated at a hospital for wounds described as not life-threatening, authorities said. Their names were not released. "The juvenile victims are reportedly the children of the adult victim's girlfriend," sheriff's Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement.

3 Men Arrested On Suspicion Of Murdering Long Beach Man
Three people were arrested for the possible gang-related shooting death of a 33-year-old man in Long Beach, police said Sunday. The suspects are Juan Lopez, 20, of Long Beach, arrested near his residence in the 1400 block of Cedar Avenue and booked on a murder charge; Brandon Garcia, 23, of Hawaiian Gardens, arrested outside his residence in the 1200 block of 216th Street and booked on murder and attempted murder charges; and Richard Frias, 20, of Long Beach, arrested outside his residence in the 1500 block of Stanton Place and booked on a murder charge and a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, according to police.

Three Charged For Looting During Santa Monica Protests
Multiple felony charges were filed Monday against three 18-year-old defendants accused of committing looting, burglary and arson crimes in Santa Monica on May 31, amid a large demonstration stemming from George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis. Gisselle Alexis Pinto, Mynor Alexander Pinto and Micah Amadeus Tillmon were arrested July 1 by Santa Monica police and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who served search and arrest warrants in West Hills and Chatsworth. The Pintos are expected to be arraigned at the Airport Courthouse sometime this afternoon. They are each facing four counts of looting during emergency or evacuation: second-degree burglary and four separate counts of second-degree commercial burglary involving the Sake House restaurant and Brandy Melville, REI and Patagonia stores.

‘Senseless Crime’: The Victims Of July Fourth Shootings
A 6-year-old computer whiz. A young mother working for a better home for her kids. An 8-year-old who loved to make dance videos. From San Francisco to South Carolina, a spate of shootings claimed the lives of people celebrating or just taking a drive over the Fourth of July weekend. Chicago saw one of its bloodiest holiday weekends in memory, with 17 killed and 70 wounded by gunfire. The incidents come amid fears the coronavirus pandemic, protests against racism, rising gun sales and an election year could make for a particularly deadly summer. Here’s a look at some of the victims from this weekend. ‘SHE DIED IN MY ARMS’ Secoriea Turner should have been making TikTok videos on her phone Sunday evening, her mother said. Instead, Charmaine Turner appeared before reporters with Atlanta’s mayor and interim police chief to plead for anyone with information about her 8-year-old daughter’s death to come forward.

Public Safety News

2 Firefighters Injured Battling Brush Fire Off La Tuna Canyon Road In Shadow Hills
Firefighters put out a 3-acre brush fire that burned along La Tuna Canyon Road in Shadow Hills Monday afternoon. While the fire was burning, La Tuna Canyon Road, south of the 210 Freeway, was closed. But the road reopened at about 8 p.m. in both directions. Shortly after 4 p.m., fire officials said forward progress of the fire had been stopped after about one hour. Fire crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department, L.A. County Fire Department and the Angeles National Forest assisted in the firefight. LAFD personnel were expected to remain on scene overnight to stop any potential flare-ups. The fire had been burning in a medium-to-heavy brush area about a half mile south of the 210 Freeway with potential for triple-digit acreage.

L.A. County Sets New Daily Record High With Over 3,100 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Friday
Los Angeles County continues to set records in its dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases, with the largest number of cases in a single day — more than 3,100— recorded for Friday, health officials said. Marking the highest case daily count to date, health officials reported another 3,187 new cases for Friday and a total of 7,232 new cases recorded for Thursday through Saturday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Sunday in a news release. The previous one-day record in the county was set on June 29, when county health officials reported 2,903 new cases. The growing trend continued last week with 2,643 cases reported for Thursday and 1,402 cases for Saturday; however county officials said that number is missing lab reports from one of the larger labs so Saturday’s case count will likely increase.

Forecasters Issue Fire Danger Warnings For LA County, High Winds Continue In OC, IE
Fire danger in Southern California will continue through at least the rest of the week as the region swelters under temperatures in the middle to upper 90s, weather forecasters said. Temperatures hit at least 96 degrees in Santa Clarita on Monday, near where firefighters were still battling the 1,300 acre Soledad fire burning adjacent to the Angeles National Forest. While fire crews appeared to be getting a handle on the Soledad fire, the potential for more fires in the region remained high. Just on Sunday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to seven different wildfires, officials said. National Weather Service forecasters in Los Angeles said hot, dry and windy conditions would continue across much of the region. The coasts could see wind gusts of 35 to 45 miles per hour through Monday night. Desert and mountain communities could also see winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour.

Local Government News

City Officials Gather In San Pedro As LA’s 16th Temporary Homeless Shelter Opens
A new 100-bed temporary homeless shelter opened in San Pedro Monday morning, July 6, continuing Los Angeles city’s efforts to house the thousands of people living on the streets. City officials gathered at the site, 407 N. Beacon St., on Monday to celebrate LA’s 16th shelter under the A Bridge Home initiative, which Mayor Eric Garcetti launched two years ago. By the end of the month, Garcetti said during the San Pedro facility’s opening, LA will have 24 Bridge Home shelters operating citywide. A temporary shelter will open in Wilmington in two weeks; one in Watts opened late last year. The San Pedro shelter, which has a membrane-like structure and took about five months to construct, has a three-year lease. But it could remain in place for up to seven years, with four one-year extensions possible.

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