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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

September 30, 2020
Law Enforcement News

LA Man Charged With Attempted Murder In LAPD Harbor Station Attack
A 29-year-old Los Angeles man has been charged with trying to kill two Los Angeles Police Department officers at the LAPD’s Harbor Station in San Pedro on Saturday night, prosecutors said Monday. Craig Lally of the LA Police Protective League said he believes this man was looking to hurt an officer, and would have found another way in even if the door was secured. “It’s very disturbing, it’s sickening to me,” said Lally. ” I’m going on 40 years next year, and I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve never seen the amount of attacks on police officers. Not only in L.A., but across the country.”

Video shows attack on LA officer inside police station
A graphic security video of an attack on a Los Angeles police officer shows the suspect knock the officer to the ground inside the station, pistol-whip him with his own gun and point it at his chest. Craig Lally, president of the union that represents rank-and-file LAPD officers, said the attack inside the police station — “which is our home” — was among the most horrific incidents he's seen in his career. “Even if he didn’t get in, he probably would have waited outside the doors for an officer to come outside,” Lally said.

LAPD Chief Says Assaults On Police Officers Have Risen 156% Since Last Year
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that assaults against police officers have risen 156% compared to this time last year. During Tuesday's Police Commission Meeting, Moore said 282 alleged felony assaults have taken place compared to 110 this time last year. He also said most of the incidents took place during ongoing protests against police brutality that began in late May. "I'm also calling out to our community leaders and elected officials to voice their support of our people, and that there's not a tolerance for violence against police officers," Moore said. "I hear the need for many changes about our society, including policing, but these numbers are troubling, and these trends are serious." Moore said there was basically no change in the number of assaults against police officers between 2018 and 2019. "As instances occur, regardless of the setting, it is time. It is needed for our community leaders and others to step up for our voices to be heard," Moore said.

Unclear If LAPD Officer Fired At After Leaving Reseda Station Was Targeted, Police Say
Los Angeles Police Department detectives are still investigating why someone fired shots at an off-duty officer driving in his vehicle in Reseda early on Saturday. While there were still few details about the shooting, the city’s police chief said it’s possible the officer was targeted after leaving LAPD’s West Valley station on his way home from work. “What’s troubling in this is he was just leaving the station — that drew the immediate concerns of whether he was followed,” Chief Michel Moore said at the police commission meeting Tuesday. “This is an active part of this investigation, and at this point, I cannot exclude that.” The shooting occurred at around 5:45 a.m. on Saturday. In a statement, LAPD officials said the officer was driving east on Vanowen Street near Lindley Avenue when he came under fire from a suspect with a handgun in a black SUV. The officer was not hit, but there were several bullet holes in his vehicle after the shooting, LAPD officials said in a statement. Moore said the shots caused the officer to swerve in his vehicle.

580 LAPD, 179 LAFD Employees Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 Since Pandemic Began
A total of 580 Los Angeles Police Department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. According to Jessica Kellogg of the Emergency Operations Center, 82 employees are at home recovering or self-isolating due to exposure, and 521 have returned to work. In July, 45-year-old Valentin Martinez, a sworn-officer, and Erica McAdoo, a 39-year-old non-sworn senior detention officer died from coronavirus complications. As of Monday, 179 Los Angeles Fire Department employees have tested positive for the virus. Kellogg said five are recovering at home in isolation, 167 have returned to work, and six are no longer quarantining but remain at home. So far, LAFD has reported one virus-related death. A 44-year-old firefighter-paramedic, Jose J. Perez, died from coronavirus-related complications on July 25.

Two Men Shot, Wounded In San Pedro Street
Two men were were wounded after gunshots rang out on a San Pedro street corner early Wednesday morning. The victims, both believed to be in their early 20s, were standing at the intersection of Centre and Oliver streets at around 12:20 a.m. when gunshots rang out and the two men were wounded, Los Angeles police said. They were rushed to local hospitals in unknown condition. The men appeared to be holding a vigil for a reggae singer who had died, police said. The shooting is not believed to be gang related and the victims were not members of a gang, police said. There was no immediate suspect information or a motive.

1 Dead, 1 In Unknown Condition Following Suspected Street Racing Accident In Westlake Village
One person is dead and another is in unknown condition after they were hit by a car involved in a suspected street race in Westlake Village on Tuesday night. Just after 7 p.m., two vehicles were thought to be racing on Triunfo Canyon Road at Saddle Mountain Drive when one of the cars struck two pedestrians, police said. Both victims were juveniles, according to authorities. Their exact ages were unknown. One was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other — who officials say is a male — was transported to an area hospital in unknown condition. Police have detained one of the suspects, who was driving a silver Mercedes wagon. The other vehicle is believed to be an earlier model Honda Accord. Investigations are underway.

8 Plead Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting At Halloween Party In Long Beach
Eight people pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a shooting at a Long Beach party last October that left three men dead and nine other people wounded, in what investigators believe was a case of gang-related mistaken identity. David Heng Long, 20, Ryan Sim, 18, Jeremy Penh, 25, Danny Sourn, 26, and Joshua Sam, 41, all of Long Beach; are charged along with Kaylin Thik, 21, of Ontario, Christopher Williams, 28, of Redlands, and Grant Johnson, 35, of Orange. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and gang-related murders, along with gun and gang allegations. Prosecutors have yet to decide  whether to seek the death penalty against any of the eight defendants, who are also charged with nine counts of attempted murder.

Long Beach Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder After Allegedly Driving Into Counter-Protesters In Yorba Linda
A 40-year-old Long Beach woman was charged Tuesday for allegedly driving her car into a group of people in Yorba Linda over the weekend — injuring two. Tatiana Rita Turner was charged with attempted murder with a sentence enhancement for attempted premeditated murder, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of mayhem and two counts of illegal use of teargas. The incident happened Saturday afternoon during a planned Black Lives Matter protest against police violence and systemic racism that also drew a large group of counter-protesters who were there in support of President Donald Trump. Authorities said an estimated 250 demonstrators were gathered along Imperial Highway. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department declared the gathering an unlawful assembly less than an hour after it began and ordered everyone to disperse.

LA County Offers $10,000 Reward In Case Of Missing Palmdale Woman
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward on Tuesday for information about a woman reported missing in Palmdale and believed to be the victim of foul play. Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the reward, saying investigators thought it might draw out witnesses with valuable information. On Aug. 3, 27-year-old Gloria Huerta, also known as Jessica, was reported to sheriff's deputies as missing. She was last seen in the 14700 block of East Avenue Q-14, where she was staying in her 15-to 20-feet white trailer. Sheriff's investigators believe that an altercation happened there. The trailer, which is unmarked and has a rear door, is also missing. The sheriff's department described Huerta as a small Hispanic woman, 4-feet-11 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. Anyone with additional information about her whereabouts is urged to call 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).

'The Pendulum Goes Back And Forth': Chiefs Address Resignations And Retirements
In mid-September, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) sent a questionnaire about officer resignations and retirements to all general members and subscribing members who lead their agencies. The questionnaire asked about resignations and retirements by sworn members of their agency since June 1: 36% of respondents said they’ve had a higher number of resignations and retirements this year, as compared to the same time frame in the past five years (13% said substantially higher and 23% said slightly higher). 45% of respondents said their resignations and retirements have been about the same this year.19% said their retirements and resignations have been fewer (6% said substantially fewer and 13% said slightly fewer). A total of 204 people responded to the inquiry; 28% of responses came from large agencies (250 or more sworn officers), 44% of responses came from medium-sized agencies (50-249 sworn officers), and 28% of responses came from small agencies (fewer than 50 sworn officers).

Public Safety News

Firefighters Work To Rescue Injured Woman In Porter Ranch Rugged Terrain
Firefighters are working this morning to rescue a woman who appears to be seriously injured due to a fall in rugged terrain in Wilbur Tampa Park in Porter Ranch. Crews responded to an area of the park near Tampa and Wilbur avenues about 1:40 a.m. and began attempting a ground-based rescue, but have called for a rescue helicopter "for support, including lighting, hoist rescue and transport if needed," according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The department tweeted an assurance to residents of Porter Ranch, Northridge and Granada Hills about 2:40 a.m. that helicopters flying nearby are working to rescue the woman and there is no active wildfire in the Santa Susana Mountains.

Governor Newsom Issues State Of Emergency Due To Growing Wildfires
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday declared a State of Emergency for Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties due to the Glass and Zogg fires, which have caused tens of thousands of residents to be evacuated, the governor's office said. The governor also sent a letter to President Trump requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to assist state and local wildfire response and recovery efforts in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Fresno, Madera, Mendocino, and Siskiyou counties. The emergency proclamation is in response to the wildfires that "have burned tens of thousands of acres [and] destroyed homes and critical infrastructure," said Gov. Newsom's office. The state previously secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to the Northern California wildfires as well as Fire Management Assistance Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the state’s ongoing response to fires burning across the state, the governor's office said.

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