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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 7, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Capitol Police Draw Criticism After Violent Breach; 14 LEOs Injured
Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how law enforcement handled Wednesday’s violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. U.S. Capitol Police, who are charged with protecting Congress, turned to other law enforcement for help with the mob that overwhelmed the complex and sent lawmakers into hiding. Both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the complex before it was cleared Wednesday evening. Four people died, one of them a woman who was shot and killed by police inside the Capitol. Three other people died after suffering “medical emergencies” related to the breach, said Robert Contee, chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department. Police said 52 people were arrested as of Wednesday night, including 26 on the Capitol grounds. Fourteen police officers were injured, Contee said. Lawmakers crouched under desks and donned gas masks while police futilely tried to barricade the building when people marched to the Capitol from a rally near the White House in support of President Donald Trump. Washington’s mayor instituted an evening curfew in an attempt to contain the violence.

LAPD Declares Unlawful Assembly, 6 Arrested After Fights Erupt While Trump Supporters Rally In Downtown LA
Police declared an unlawful assembly near City Hall Wednesday after multiple fights erupted as dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied in front of Los Angeles City Hall. The LAPD and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were monitoring the situation in Washington, D.C., according to spokespersons for both departments. People stood along Spring Street holding flags and carrying signs reading “Stop the Steal,” while others circled the area in their vehicles. CBSLA photographer John Schreiber was on the scene as a fight broke out between a crowd on Spring and First Street. Shortly after the brawl, another fight erupted, and what appeared to be a smoke bomb was released. One bloodied man could be seen being taken away by police. He was directed to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s command post for evaluation. The LAPD said six people were arrested at that protest. Three of them were taken into custody on suspicion of carrying unpermitted items while attending a public demonstration, two on suspicion of failing to disperse and one for resisting or obstructing an officer.

LAPD Seeks Man Suspected Of Killing His Former Girlfriend In Pacoima
Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department are searching for a man suspected of shooting his former girlfriend to death Wednesday in Pacoima. About 9:30 a.m., LAPD officers responded to a shooting in the 9000 block of Bartee Avenue, where they found a 35-year-old woman who had been shot multiple times, the department said in a statement. The woman, whom authorities didn’t identify, was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives believe the woman’s former boyfriend Herbert Nixon Flores, 46, fired the fatal shots, the LAPD said. The department’s statement did not describe how investigators came to that conclusion, and a detective assigned to the case did not immediately return a call seeking information. The department is seeking the public’s help in apprehending Flores. He has black hair and brown eyes, stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 220 pounds, the department said. The LAPD said Flores should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Flores should not confront him but contact the the police at (818) 374-9550 or (877) 527-3247, the department said.

Man Shot To Death In Front Of Upscale High-Rise Apartments In Downtown LA
Police say they are searching for two men after a fatal shooting in front of an upscale apartment building in Downtown LA. The shooting was first reported at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday in front of 888 S. Hope St., the location of 888 at Grand Hope Park, a newer high-rise apartment building overlooking Grand Hope Park. A man was reportedly shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released. Police taped off a large swath of the area in search of two suspects.

Speed A Likely Factor In Downtown L.A. Crash That Killed Porsche Driver: Police
Investigators believe speed was most likely a factor in a deadly crash that killed the driver of a Porsche in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning. The incident was reported about 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of First Street and North Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Jake Bushey said. Arriving officers found the newer model Porsche had collided with a street light while apparently traveling eastbound on First Street, Bushey said. Paramedics responded to the incident but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The unidentified driver was described as a man who appeared to be in his 30s. No other people or vehicles were involved in the crash. “I would say that speed probably was a factor in this collision,” Bushey said, referring to the damage and evidence found at the scene. Witnesses had observed the driver prior to the crash but it was unclear if anyone saw the collision, Bushey added.

Driver In Boyle Heights Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Woman Injured Is Arrested: LAPD
A man suspected of injuring a woman in a Boyle Heights hit-and-run crash has been arrested, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Wednesday. The crash occurred about 5:35 p.m. Dec. 19 when a woman described as being elderly was walking with her husband near the intersection of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Soto Street. The driver of a truck turned left onto Soto and struck the victim, knocking her to the ground. The driver did not stop and continued south on Soto, police said. Late last month, authorities released surveillance video of the suspected driver at a gas station before the crash. They also released an image of the victim holding her arm in a cast. Then on Monday, a traffic lieutenant who was investigating the crash spotted a truck that looked like the vehicle involved in the crash. He directed the driver to pull over and he recognized the person behind the wheel as the suspected hit-and-run driver. Jose Farias, 26, of Huntington Park was arrested in connection with the incident.

Four Arrested In Attempted Break-In At Dr. Dre's Home While He Was Hospitalized
Four people were arrested in Los Angeles’ Brentwood area Wednesday night after a pursuit that followed a break-in attempt at the home of rap mogul Dr. Dre, who was hospitalized at the time with a brain aneurysm. The pursuit began after a report of an attempted burglary at the home of the former N.W.A member and Beats Electronics founder, whose estate has infrared cameras that spotted the intruders after they hopped a fence. A security team notified police. The group ran up a hill and got back into a full-size white SUV, police said. The pursuit on winding tree-lined streets in the Brentwood area ended at Sunset Boulevard and Amalfi Drive. Four people were arrested. Several tools that are believed to have been used in the break-in were found in the SUV, police said. There was no indication that anything was taken during the break-in.

Two 18-Year-Olds Charged In Fight That Resulted In Councilor's Death Plead Not Guilty
One of two 18-year-old men charged, along with several juveniles, with fatally injuring a counselor who was trying to break up a fight at the South Los Angeles-area residential youth facility where he worked entered a not guilty plea Wednesday. Keith Lewis was charged Tuesday, along with Nyier Mason, with the murder of David McKnight-Hillman, 25. Mason is due in a Los Angeles courtroom for arraignment Thursday. The two young men -- who were both residents at the facility -- could face up to 15 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Four boys, ages 16 and 17, denied Juvenile Court petitions charging them with murder, according to the District Attorney's Office, which did not specify the potential punishment they could face. A directive issued shortly after new District Attorney George Gascon was sworn into office last month calls for prosecutors to "immediately end the practice of sending youth to the adult court system."

Authorities Seek Woman Missing From Compton
Deputies Wednesday circulated a photo of a woman who went missing in the Compton area. April Lynn Smith, 29, was last seen Sunday driving a black 2013 Mini Cooper in the 700 block of Grape Circle, near South Center Avenue, said Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Smith is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 110 pounds, with blonde hair and dark eyes, Ortiz said. The Mini Cooper’s California license plate number is 7DVF163. Ortiz said Smith’s family “is very concerned for her well-being,” and he asked that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the department’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.

Protesters Swarm Statehouses Across US; Some Evacuated
Violent and chaotic protests at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday led several states to close their own legislative buildings, though protests outside Washington remained mostly peaceful. Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump broke through the gates of the Washington governor’s mansion complex in Olympia late Wednesday, flooding the lawn, according to KIRO Radio. They shouted for Governor Jay Inslee, a Democract, to come out. The governor was in a safe place, a spokesman said. Texas, Utah, New Mexico and Georgia all closed or partially shuttered their statehouses in case protests turned violent. A mob of Trump supporters stormed Congress earlier Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to halt the official count of Electoral College votes. The Texas Department of Public Safety closed the statehouse in Austin “out of an abundance of caution,” it said in an emailed statement. A few hundred people had protested in front of the pink granite building before the shutdown, according to local press reports. New Mexico evacuated its legislative building in Santa Fe, though no protesters had broken into it, said Pamela Armstrong, a spokesperson with the office of the speaker of the House. In Atlanta, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, and his senior staff were escorted from the capitol after militia members gathered outside one day after voters handed Democrats control of the U.S. Senate with victories in two runoff races.

Public Safety News

LA County Reports 11,841 COVID-19 Cases, 258 Deaths; Over 8,000 Hospitalized
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Wednesday reported 11,841 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 258 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 852,165 cases and 11,328 deaths. Health officials also reported there were 8,023 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Wednesday, 20% of whom were being treated in intensive care units. On Nov. 1, the three-day average for daily COVID-19 hospitalizations was 791. Just two months later, on Jan. 4, the three-day average had increased to 7,873. The department said hospitals were accepting more patients that they were able to discharge, causing a strain on the county’s emergency medical system. “This is a health crisis of epic proportions,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “I am more troubled than ever before, and in part, my concern is rooted in the reality that it will take so much more for us to slow the spread given the high rate of community spread.”

4 New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites For Health-Care Workers Open In San Fernando Valley And LA’s Eastside
Four additional vaccination sites for health-care workers opened Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley and Eastside of Los Angeles, bringing city sites’ collective capacity up to about 2,000 vaccinations per day. The new locations — at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center in Pacoima, the Balboa Sports Complex in Encino, the Hazard Recreation Center in Boyle Heights and the El Sereno Recreation Center — will be able to provide 300 vaccinations per day, Garcetti said. On Dec. 30, the first vaccination sites opened at the Lincoln Park Recreation Center, San Fernando Park and the Crenshaw Christian Center in South Los Angeles, and on Friday, another opened at the Hansen Dam. Those sites have provided 6,700 vaccinations in the week they’ve been open, Garcetti said in a site visit with Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez.

Without Urgent Changes In Behavior, L.A. County Will Lose Its Coronavirus Battle, Officials Say
Worried Los Angeles County health leaders said Wednesday that the region was rapidly losing its battle against COVID-19 as the virus spread unchecked, adding that only immediate and decisive changes in behavior can prevent a steep rise in deaths as a post-holiday surge hits and hospitals can’t treat all who are sick. “Today, I’m more troubled than ever before,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “This is a health crisis of epic proportions and we need everyone — I mean everyone — to use the tools right in front of them to help us drive down transmission of this deadly virus.” Southern California and much of the state are under a stay-at-home order, which officials believe has made a difference but was no match for holiday travel, gatherings and social events. Ferrer and others said they believe the virus is spreading in workplaces, then in communities as families gather. This is especially true in neighborhoods with multigenerational families living under one roof, often in overcrowded conditions. Officials have urged people to stay home as much as possible and limit shopping if they can.

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