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March 15, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Man, Woman Shot In Their Car In Harbor City, Woman Dies
A man and woman were shot, the woman fatally, Sunday inside their car in Harbor City. The shooting happened about 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of Plaza Del Amo and Halldale Avenue, Los Angeles police reported. The man was expected to survive a gunshot wound to the face, police said. The woman's name was being withheld. A motive for the shooting was unknown and a description of the shooter was not immediately available.

3 Officers Injured, 10 Arrested As Breonna Taylor Protests Turn Violent In LA
Police Chief Michel Moore said Sunday that three officers were injured -- none seriously -- during clashes in Hollywood last night with demonstrators marking the first anniversary of the death of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, home. Nine businesses were vandalized and smoke grenades as well as other projectiles were thrown at police, the chief said. The chief's tweet included a video that appeared to show a microwave oven being thrown at officers. Of the 10 arrests, five people arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, the LAPD said in a statement. One person was arrested for battery on a police officer, while two were arrested for unlawful assembly and two others were arrested for possession of prohibited items. Another video posted to social media shows two protesters pounding the hood of a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle as it stopped with its siren blaring near Sunset Boulevard and Ivar Avenue.

3 Detained After Child, Adult Shot In South Los Angeles
Three people were detained Saturday after a child and an adult were shot in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of South Los Angeles, officials said. Around 1 p.m., police responded to the area of 45th and Alameda streets for a call about an assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson. A child and an adult were taken to a hospital in critical condition, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart said. Both victims were in stable condition later Saturday, police said. They were identified only as a male infant and male adult in his 30s, according to LAFD. Three people, including two women and one man, were detained as police investigated to determine whether they were responsible. The shooting appears to be gang related, according to LAPD. No further details were immediately available.

Two Dead, 4 Injured During Crash Outside North Hollywood Liquor Store
Two people were killed, four others injured during a crash triggered by a speeding motorist in North Hollywood. Witnesses say the driver of a Saturn ION was speeding south on Vineland, just north of Oxnard, when they lost control and hit the curb. The crash created a domino like effect as the vehicle then crashed into two other vehicles. According to officials, a man who had just walked out of the Vineland Wine Cellar liquor store was struck and killed. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. People in a laundromat next to the liquor store ran out to help two young men and one woman in the vehicle that was so badly mangled, it took the fire department extrication equipment to get them out. A woman who was a passenger in the car was later pronounced dead at an area trauma center. People who live in the area say speeding is a constant problem on this section of Vineland, where lights are a good half mile away from one another. LAPD Valley Traffic Division detectives urged anyone with information about the crash to call them at 818-644-8114.
FOX 11

Three People Arrested For Fight During Saturday Rally Downtown
Three people were arrested after a fight broke out at a rally downtown. Police officers responded to a report of an altercation at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at First and Spring streets, according to Officer Rosario Cervantes of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. “Two suspects took out OC (Oleoresin capsicum, or pepper) spray and bear spray to spray the victims,” Cervantes said. “During the scuffle, one victim set his belongings on the ground, when he looked back someone had taken his belongings.” Faraz Martin Talab, 26, and Eric Smith, 24, were arrested for suspicion of battery, and Thrashawn Lee, 33, was arrested for suspicion of theft, Cervantes said. They were cited and released, according to sheriff's inmate records. “The LAPD wants to remind the public that we are committed to ensuring everyone's First Amendment right to freedom of speech is protected during peaceful demonstrations, while also acting swiftly on any acts of violence,” she said.

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US Citizen Living In Tijuana Pleads Guilty In LA To Drug Charge
A U.S. citizen living in Tijuana pleaded guilty Friday in Los Angeles to a federal charge for planning to trade drugs for weapons, including machine guns and grenade launchers, which were intended for Mexican gangs. Pedro Roberto Hernandez-Gomez, a 32-year-old ex-con, entered his plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and is awaiting a June 11 sentencing date. Hernandez-Gomez was charged last year in Los Angeles federal court with possession of machine guns, attempt to transport explosives, being a felon in possession of firearms, distribution of heroin and distribution of fentanyl, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In December 2019, Hernandez-Gomez agreed to provide heroin and fentanyl in exchange for various machine guns, grenade launchers, grenades and handguns during what he believed were negotiations with traffickers but was, in fact, an ATF sting operation. The following month, Hernandez-Gomez came to Los Angeles, where he provided more than two pounds each of heroin and fentanyl and renegotiated the amount of firearms and grenades in exchange for the heroin, according to a federal affidavit.

Fatal Shootings By The LAPD Are Down, But Officials Find Major Problems In Many Incidents
The number of people fatally shot by Los Angeles Police Department officers has decreased in recent years, but the civilian body that oversees the department has found that officers' actions were significantly flawed in a majority of the cases. The Los Angeles Police Commission has faulted officers for firing unnecessary shots, failing to maintain effective communication with one another and failing to wait for reinforcements, among other things, a Times analysis of fatal shootings since 2018 shows. While some of the mistakes likely did not change the outcome of the incident, others led to a fatal confrontation that might have been avoided or increased the chance of death for a civilian hit by multiple bullets. The Times analysis, based on reports from the Police Commission and Chief Michel Moore, as well as video narratives compiled by the LAPD, adds to questions about whether the department could do more to prevent the killing of civilians. Rob Harris, who until recently was a board member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, said officers need quality training to make the right choices. All LAPD officers take a 10-hour use-of-force course that emphasizes de-escalation and use of less-lethal weapons through role-playing exercises. They regularly refresh their skills with simulators and other scenario-based training. “‘Why didn't the officer shoot him in the leg?' The best snipers in the military don't do that,” Harris said. “Why? Because you know, in a stress-induced situation like that, your blood flow changes, it gets shuttled to your internal organs, which means your fine dexterity movements are limited.”
Los Angeles Times

4 More San Fernando Valley-Area Suspects Accused Of $18 Million Coronavirus Scheme
Four men from the San Fernando Valley or nearby have been added to a federal fraud case, accused of involvement in a ring that illegally obtained at least $18 million from COVID-relief programs last year, authorities said on Friday, March 12. Eight defendants are now accused of using fake or stolen identities to submit applications for loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Relief and the Paycheck Protection programs under the CARES Act, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. All eight face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and aggravated identity theft, Mrozek said. The group is accused of working together and submitting more than 150 loan applications seeking nearly $22 million from March to August 2020, Mrozek said. They received at least $18 million, part of which they used for down payments on luxury homes in Tarzana, Glendale and Palm Desert, federal authorities say, and for purchases of such items as gold coins, diamonds, jewelry and luxury watches.
Los Angeles Daily News

DOJ Says At Least 100 More People Could Be Charged Over Capitol Attack
The Justice Department says it expects to charge at least 100 more people in connection with the storming of the Capitol, describing the investigation into the deadly attack as one of the biggest in U.S. history. Federal prosecutors disclosed the estimate in court papers Friday as they seek more time to gather and sift through evidence in the sprawling probe before having to move cases to trial. More than 300 people have already been charged in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob seeking to disrupt the certification of Electoral College votes. "The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence," federal prosecutors said in a filing Friday in a case against nine alleged members or associates of the Oath Keepers paramilitary group. Similar language appears in new filings made in other Capitol attack cases, including in cases against individual defendants. In the filings, prosecutors are requesting a 60-day deadline extension because of the scope and scale of the investigation and the mountains of evidence they have to sift through.

Chicago Officer Shot, Wounded In Police Station Parking Lot
A Chicago police officer was shot Sunday afternoon outside a police station in the city's Gresham neighborhood, police said. The officer, whose age and condition weren't immediately known, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police spokesman Tom Ahern said, citing preliminary information. A law enforcement source said the officer was wounded as he walked out of the Gresham police station at 7808 S. Halsted St. An ambulance sat in the police parking lot while officers ran down the sidewalk. A supervisor asked other officers to keep pedestrians away from the sidewalk and an empty lot across the street. “Look for casings!” an officer yelled. Police vehicles escorted the ambulance as it pulled out of the parking lot onto South Halsted Street. 
Chicago Tribune

Local Government News

Councilman Joe Buscaino, A Longtime LAPD Officer, Enters Race For L.A. Mayor In 2022
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino is entering the 2022 mayor's race, saying he will use his background as a police officer to tackle the city's urgent issues of homelessness and rising crime. Buscaino, a Democrat who represents a district stretching from Watts to San Pedro, plans to launch his campaign Monday. He told The Times in an interview that the city is facing an emergency as thousands of people live on the streets, trash piles up in neighborhoods across the city and violence surges in South L.A. “This isn't the city I know and love,” Buscaino said. Buscaino said that when friends and family members have questioned whether a police officer could be elected to the city's highest office, he pointed to Tom Bradley, who served two decades with the LAPD before joining the City Council and, in 1973, becoming L.A.'s only Black mayor to date. Buscaino said his role as a senior lead officer in San Pedro was “focused on problem solving, on creating partnerships to improve the quality of life here.” Buscaino, 46, who served for 15 years in the Los Angeles Police Department and is currently a reserve officer, is the first City Council member to enter the 2022 mayor's race.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

LA County Hospitalizations At Lowest Point In 4 Months
Coronavirus hospitalizations in California's most populous county have slipped below 1,000 for the first time in nearly four months, officials reported Saturday, as case rates also remain low and much of the state prepares for some restrictions to be lifted in the coming days. The number of patients with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County hospitals hit 979, the lowest since Nov. 23, the county health department said. There are 3,250 people hospitalized statewide, a drop of more than 85% since peaking around 22,000 in early January, the state Department of Public Health reported Saturday. "We have made good progress and have more progress to make," LA County health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. "We urge everyone to use caution and good judgment in these next critical weeks and months to avoid surges in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths like we saw at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Don't let your guard down." She asked people to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
FOX 11

LA County Moves Into Red Tier: Indoor Dining Returns, Movie Theaters Reopen Los Angeles County officially moved into the state's less-restrictive red tier on Monday, allowing for restaurants to resume indoor dining and movie theaters and indoor gyms to reopen. After spending more than six months in the purple and most restrictive tier of the state's reopening metrics, Los Angeles County qualified Friday to officially move into the red tier beginning Monday. The move out of the red took effect at 12:01 a.m., meaning indoor dining can return and movie theaters and indoor fitness centers can reopen, all at limited capacity. Restaurants will be able to open indoors at 25% capacity under L.A. County's guidelines, released last week. There must be eight feet of distance between tables with a limit of six people per table. Only members of the same household can sit together. Restaurant servers are already required to wear both a face mask and a face shield. Movie theaters, meanwhile, will be allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity. It will be the first time that movie theaters are back open since they all shuttered when the pandemic took hold in March of 2020, crippling the movie industry in the process.

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