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March 18, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Two Men Who Attacked Person Outside Downtown LA Eatery Sought In Robbery
Police released photos and video footage in hopes of identifying two men suspected in a downtown Los Angeles robbery last month. The two approached a person standing outside an eatery in the 400 block of West 8th Street on Feb. 4 and one of them punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. The other attacker then joined in, and both of the attackers took the victim's property before fleeing westbound on 8th Street toward Olive Street, police said. One of the men was described as 17 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds, according to police, who said he was wearing a red Nike hoodie, blue jeans and red shoes. The second was described as 15 to 18 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, police said. He was wearing a black leather jacket, black shorts and red Nike Air Jordan shoes. Anyone with information about their identities or whereabouts is asked to call Detective M. Gonzalez at 213-996-1875.

Alleged Attack Against Man In Koreatown Part Of Growing Trend Of Asian American Hate Crimes
A growing number of hate crimes against Asian Americans nationwide has been concerning to many and has even pushed President Joe Biden to speak about the troubling trend. A U.S. Air Force veteran opened up to FOX 11's Sandra Endo after he was allegedly jumped in Koreatown last month. It's a day Denny Kim won't soon forget. During the alleged attack, Kim said he was called a number of derogatory terms including "Chinese virus," "Ching Chong," and "gook." "They eventually struck me on my face. I fell down to the ground and I hit my head, and they started beating me up," Kim recalled. "At one point, they told me that they wanted to kill me." Following the apparent attack that was racially motivated, Kim took pictures that show his face bruised and battered. Luckily for Kim, a friend came to his aid, but not before the attackers hurled more racial slurs. This is just one case in a rapid rise of crimes happening across the US, ranging from verbal assault to physical attacks against the elderly, to women with babies from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York City. Data from the LAPD reveals crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have increased 114% in 2020.
FOX 11

Prosecutor Accuses Gascón Of Retaliation, Unethical Behavior For Dropping Felony Case Against Protesters
A veteran prosecutor of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office is accusing D.A. George Gascón of retaliation and playing politics after he says he was reprimanded and punitively transferred for questioning Gascon's order to drop a case against three anti-police protesters who were charged with attempting to wreck a train. Now, FOX 11 has obtained surveillance video and a jail call recording from one of the defendants that raise questions about Gascón's decision to drop the entire case against all of the protesters on his first full day in office, and the prosecutor who was handling the case is going public with what he says happened behind the scenes. "You go into work every day, and you do the right thing, that's what I did, and I got reprimanded for it," said Richard Doyle. Doyle has been a prosecutor in the L.A. County DA's office for the past 34 years and had no blemishes in his personnel file until last December when Gascón ruled him insubordinate his first week in office. "To the office, I think it sent the message of, you follow my orders, or else," Doyle said. At the time, Doyle was the head deputy district attorney in the Compton office and he was prosecuting this case against three anti-police protesters, Emanuel Padilla, Christopher Berg and Jasmine Lomax, all of whom had been charged with trying to derail a train at a protest near the Compton Sheriff's Station on November 15. "It was a strong case, it was a strong prosecution," Doyle said.
FOX 11

Pedestrian Dies In North Hollywood Hit-and-Run
A pedestrian in his 40s was struck and killed in North Hollywood on Wednesday evening by a vehicle whose driver fled. The crash occurred at about 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Stagg Street, said LAPD Officer Tony Im. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. A description of the vehicle was not immediately provided by the LAPD. Investigators remained at the scene, and southbound traffic on Lankershim Boulevard was stopped between Stagg and Strathern streets for the investigation.
Los Angeles Daily News

Off-Duty LAPD Lieutenant Fired At Moving Car After Witnessing Drive-By Shooting In El Sereno, Police Say
An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department lieutenant fired his handgun at a moving car Wednesday after witnessing men inside the vehicle shoot a man on an El Sereno sidewalk, a department spokeswoman said. Two men in a dark-colored sedan pulled up alongside a man in the 3100 block of Pueblo Avenue and opened fire, wounding the man, said Det. Meghan Aguilar. The lieutenant witnessed the shooting and saw the car coming in his direction, Aguilar said. He fired his handgun at the two men inside the vehicle, which did not stop, according to Aguilar. The car was described only as a compact, older-model dark sedan. Aguilar said it was unknown whether anyone inside the car was hit, but so far no one has sought medical treatment for injuries in connection with the shooting. The man shot on the sidewalk was taken to a hospital and is listed in critical condition, she added. He was in surgery Wednesday afternoon, the LAPD wrote on Twitter.

Suspect In West Hollywood Sexual Assault Also Linked To LAPD Case
Authorities say they've arrested a man in connection with a West Hollywood sexual assault, but believe he may be responsible for other similar crimes. Bryant Guerrero, 34, of Los Angeles, was identified by Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives as the suspect in a Jan. 21 sexual assault. A 28-year-old woman reported that a man had broken into her home and sexually assaulted her. It turned out that Guerrero had been arrested by the LAPD's Hollywood Division on Jan. 23 and was being held in an unrelated sexual assault, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information about Guerrero or believes they may have been a victim can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or via email at .

Featured Social Media

Woman's 25-Year Sentence Upheld For Being Get-Away Driver In Two Killings
A state appellate court panel Wednesday rejected a woman's challenge to her 25-year prison sentence for being the getaway driver in the robbery-motivated murder of an MTV music coordinator and the killing of another man just over a week apart in Los Angeles. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with the trial court's finding that Destiny Young — who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter — is not eligible for re-sentencing under a recent change in state law that applies to defendants convicted in some murder cases. “Here, the trial court properly denied relief because, having pleaded no contest to manslaughter, Young is ineligible for resentencing as a matter of law,” the appellate court panel found in a six-page ruling in the 39-year-old woman's case. The case stemmed from the May 8, 2011, shooting death of Gabriel Ben-Meir, a 30-year-old MTV music coordinator, near his mid-Wilshire apartment building, and the April 30, 2011, shooting death of Marcelo Aragon, a 35-year-old father of two, in the Pico-Union area. At the sentencing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus noted that Young was “not the cold-blooded killer” that her then-boyfriend, Jabaar Vincent Thomas, was, but said she had “played a critical role in the killing of two human beings.”

Police: Woman Found Dead In 1991 In New Mexico May Have Been From San Fernando Valley
The body of an unidentified woman discovered in a motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1991 is believed to be a Los Angeles County woman based on a recent tip, according to authorities. Based on the tip, investigators believe the woman's name is Becca, and she is possibly from Reseda or Sylmar. She potentially flew from either Los Angeles or Burbank to Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Police Department said this week in a news release. Police didn't immediately disclose information on the circumstances of the woman's death. Investigators are simply trying to identify the woman after receiving the tip on where she was from after all of these years, said police spokeswoman Rebecca Atkins. She was described as being between 18 to 35 years old, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds, with long curly strawberry blonde hair, hazel or gray eyes and pierced ears, according to the FBI. On June 5, 1991, the body was found in a room at the Super 8 Motel near I-40 and I-25 in Albuquerque after a room check out was not completed as scheduled. There was no identification for the woman with her belongings, authorities said. Anyone with information regarding the case was asked to contact the Albuquerque Police Department at (505) 768-2404.
Los Angeles Daily News

Spa Shootings Suspect Charged With Eight Counts Of Murder
The man accused of fatally shooting eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas was charged Wednesday with eight counts of murder, authorities said. The killings sparked outrage in the Asian American community, which has faced a dramatic spike in violence during the coronavirus pandemic. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, denied the attack was racially motivated but officials said it was still too early to rule out a hate crime. He told investigators he had a "sex addiction" and viewed the spas as a temptation he wanted to eliminate, officials said. Long's family helped catch him after Tuesday's attacks. They recognized him in surveillance footage posted on social media and alerted deputies, who tracked his cellphone. Police forced his SUV off the highway and arrested him, about 150 miles south of Atlanta. Atlanta police said Wednesday night that they are taking a "hard look" at the suspect's motivation, and said they have "not ruled anything out."
CBS News

NYPD Unions Lament Rise In Crime Following Bail Reform
The city's five police unions Monday said the surge in gun violence will only get worse unless the bail reform laws are changed — and elected officials worry more about protecting New Yorkers than trying to reform the NYPD. “Our cops on the street warned us that it was happening,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said at a press conference, referring to a startling spike in gun violence in 2020 and so far this year. “We warned the politicians that this won't work. Violence will rise. “And it has.” Bail reform took effect at the start of 2020, and even though it was later amended, critics said too many crimes are still not eligible for bail and too many repeat offenders, including those charged with gun possession, are automatically freed at arraignment because judges do not have the discretion to order them held or to set high bail. Last year, murders jumped 47%, to 468 from 319 in 2019. The number of people shot, 1,868, more than doubled from 923 in 2019. This year is only marginally better: 68 murders compared to 66 at this time in 2020, with 227 people shot, a 42% rise from 160 last year.
New York Daily News

Public Safety News

LA County Reports 897 New COVID-19 Cases, 75 Deaths Including Person Under 18
The L.A. County Department of Public Health Wednesday reported 897 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 75 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,211,733 cases and 22,580 deaths. Of the deaths reported, 27 people were over the age of 80, 29 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 12 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, four people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was under the age of 18. The seven-day average number of daily deaths was 24 as of March 9, a sharp decline from the 118 average number of daily deaths reported Feb. 9, health officials said. There have now been two COVID-19 deaths in people under the age of 18. Details about underlying health conditions for the latest death were not immediately known.

Declining Case Rates, Increased Vaccinations Free 35 Million Californians From Most Restrictive COVID Tier
California's rapid recovery from the winter coronavirus surge went into overdrive Tuesday, as much of the Southland was allowed to reopen swaths of its long-shuttered economies — meaning more than 35 million residents no longer live under the state's most severe restrictions. San Diego, Riverside, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were among those freed from the most stringent tier in California's color-coded reopening plan, just days after Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino also got the green light to reopen restaurant dining rooms and resume limited indoor operations at movie theaters, gyms and other businesses. The rapid move toward significant reopenings reflects two trends: continued declines in coronavirus case rates and a steady increase in vaccinations. Over the past week, California has reported an average of 3,141 new coronavirus cases per day, a decrease of nearly 40% from two weeks ago, according to data compiled by The Times. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients has also tumbled. On Monday, there were 3,058 coronavirus-positive Californians hospitalized statewide, with 827 in intensive care. Both figures are the lowest seen since early November, when the state's catastrophic fall-and-winter wave was just beginning.

Local Government News

Tim McOsker, Former Political Aide And LAPD Union Lobbyist, Launches Bid For City Council
A lawyer, lobbyist and onetime aide to former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn is jumping into the race for a Watts-to-San Pedro seat on the City Council, reshuffling the campaign for the second time in a week. Councilman Joe Buscaino, after nearly a decade in office, announced Monday he would not seek reelection in the port district and would instead run for mayor in June 2022. On Wednesday, attorney and nonprofit executive Tim McOsker launched his own campaign to replace Buscaino in the district, which takes in areas such as Wilmington, Harbor City and the Los Angeles harbor. McOsker, 58, was a high-level aide to Hahn from 1997 to 2005, serving as chief of staff when Hahn was city attorney and later as mayor. More recently, he has worked as an attorney and registered city lobbyist, representing such clients as the hotel industry and the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file police officers. How that private-sector work will play out in a political campaign is unclear. 
Los Angeles Times

All LA Council Members Don't Agree On LA's Role In 2028 Olympics Security
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council President Nury Martinez to bring the city into a cooperative to manage safety and security services for the 2028 Olympics. The City Council's approval authorized Garcetti and Martinez to enter into a memorandum of understanding to join the already created California Olympic and Paralympic Public Safety Command. The cooperative would consist of the city, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028 and the California Office of Emergency Services. The cooperative will help coordinate law enforcement resources during the games on the federal, state and city level. Los Angeles would have one co-chairperson on the cooperative, which will be either the Los Angeles Police Department chief, the Los Angeles Fire Department chief or someone else appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. It will also determine which resources are needed to protect Olympic venues and maintain police services throughout the city during the Games.
Los Angeles Daily News

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