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June 2, 2021
Law Enforcement News

LA County Firefighter Killed In Station Shooting Remembered As ‘Brave, Committed, Loyal'
Emergency response members across Los Angeles County are mourning the loss of one of their own. A longtime firefighter specialist was shot and killed by his colleague Tuesday morning at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 81 in the Agua Dulce area. While officials did not release the slain crewmember's name, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the victim was 44 years old and was a 20-year veteran of the department. "He was a brave, committed, loyal member of our department for over 20 years," Osby said. In addition to the firefighter specialist's death, the station's 54-year-old fire captain is fighting for his life at the hospital following the shooting. Osby said the fire captain is in critical, but stable condition. The suspected shooter, whose name has also not yet been released, was an off-duty firefighter specialist. The shooter came into the fire station, located in the 8700 block of Sierra Highway, a little before 11 a.m. and opened fire at two of his colleagues.  
FOX 11

Gabriel Fernandez, 8, Was Tortured To Death. His Mother Didn't Like Her Life Sentence. This Is What A Judge Had To Say.
A judge today rejected a bid Tuesday for re-sentencing by a Palmdale woman who pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of her 8-year-old son, who was routinely beaten, starved, forced to sleep in a closet and tortured until his death eight years ago. Pearl Fernandez, now 37, was sentenced in March 2018 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the May 2013 killing of her son, Gabriel, but contended in an April 1 petition that she could not now be convicted of first-degree murder or second-degree murder because of recent changes made in state law that affect defendants in some murder cases. Her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 40, was sentenced to death. His automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court is pending. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli said he carefully reviewed Fernandez's petition for re-sentencing along with the overall record of the case and concluded that she is “not entitled to re-sentencing relief.” “It has been established by her own admission during her guilty plea that the murder was intentional and involved the infliction of torture over a period of several months …,” the judge said, noting that the record supports the theory that Fernandez was a “major participant in the murder of a child victim.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Re-Fund The Police: Cities Push To Build Back Police Budgets As Crime Rises.
Over the past year, elected leaders across the country were under tremendous pressure from the Black Live Matter movement to reform policing. Many leaders met those demands and cut police budgets but then crime surged in major cities across America. Just weeks ago, a 9-year-old girl was shot while jumping on a trampoline in Minneapolis, and later died. Now her neighbors fear for their own children's lives. "The bullets are so close, he goes over to his sleeping daughter and checks her body to see if he has been shot,” said one Minneapolis resident, Don Samuels, about his neighbor's reaction to the violence. So far this year the number of homicides in Minneapolis is double what it was this time last year according to city officials. Now, elected leaders are asking for over $6 million dollars to recruit officers after voting last year to shift $8 million out of policing to other services. The change to refund the police is not just happening in the Minneapolis, the city where George Floyd was killed. New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio now wants $105 million to build a new precinct, after promising to cut a $1 billion from the police budget last year. In Los Angeles mayor Garcetti plans to increase the LAPD budget by 3% to $1.76 billion, after city leaders voted to slash $150 million from the budget last year. 

$50K Reward Offered For Information In Fatal Shooting Of 16-Year-Old Boy In South L.A.
Officials are offering a $50,000 reward for information regarding the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in South Los Angeles last October, authorities announced Tuesday. Jeremy Nathaniel Jackson was driving with his friends north on Western Avenue near the intersection of 98th Street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood about 8:50 p.m. Oct. 6 when gunshots were fired at his vehicle. Jackson was struck in the neck, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene, but the victim died from his injuries. No other details about the incident, including any suspect information, have been released. Anyone with additional details about the person or people involved in the shooting is urged to call South Bureau homicide Detective T. Callian or Officer G. Medina at 323-786-5113. The reward is being offered for information that leads to the identity, arrest and prosecution of anyone involved.

The Future Of Policing: LAPD's Community Safety Partnership Bureau Nears One Year
"I'm a hugger," says LAPD Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides. As the head of LAPD's newest Bureau, Community Safety Partnership, she proved that in every setting. From hugs to officers receiving a celebratory coin in honor of the Bureau to meeting the boxing coach for the first time at Nickerson Gardens public housing development. This time a year ago, protestors were taking to the streets after the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day 2020. By July of that summer, the LAPD announced a new bureau based on community policing and building relationships. It expanded on a concept launched in Watts a decade ago. Captain Emada Tingirides, who was a co-founder of the concept, was promoted to Deputy Chief by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. At LAPD's Southeast station in Watts, CSP officers must commit to five years to know the community. A cornerstone of CSP includes community partnerships. Joel Lopez who is also a co-creator of the concept from 10 years ago is now a civilian commanding officer. He was a school teacher and worked for the public housing authority. Deputy Chief Tingirides supports calls to re-imagine police and calls to invest in underserved communities but done so in partnership with law enforcement. As for calls to defund the police, she says "we're not going anywhere." She says it's about building relationships and creating safe zones and partnerships in a community with the history of the Watts riots. CSP started at four public housing developments, like Nickerson Gardens, and is now in ten different communities.
FOX 11

Ex-L.A. Councilman Mitchell Englander Reports To Federal Prison
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander has reported to a federal penitentiary to begin serving a sentence of a year and two months for trying to obstruct an investigation into bribery allegations in City Hall politics, it was confirmed Wednesday morning. Englander — who represented Council District 12 in the San Fernando Valley from July 2011 until he abruptly resigned three years ago after investigators began asking questions about his activities — was told to surrender Tuesday to begin serving his sentence. A federal inmate registry said Englander has reported to the U.S. Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, a high-security prison with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp where Englander presumably will be held with about 90 other inmates. The 50-year-old ex-councilman was also ordered to serve three years under supervised release following his prison term and pay a $15,000 fine. The registry said his release date is expected to be May 28, 2022. At Englander's January sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter said “greed and arrogance” appeared to be the motivation for lying to the FBI repeatedly on three separate occasions and that Englander had damaged “the public's trust in government.”

Workplace Violence May Be On The Rise, Expert Says
An off-duty firefighter who is accused of going into an Agua Dulce fire station and opened fire Tuesday, killing one colleague and wounding another, is the latest to commit an act of violence in a workplace setting. Last week, there was a deadly mass shooting at a railyard in San Jose, where an employee at the Valley Transit Authority is accused of killing nine coworkers before turning the gun on himself. In April, authorities said a former FedEx worker killed eight people at a ground facility in Indianapolis. In Texas, a worker at a cabinet manufacturing facility killed one coworker and injured four others. Seamus McGraw, author of “From a Taller Tower,” has studied recent shootings in the workplace and says he sees a pattern, including in Tuesday's firehouse shooting. “It's hard to determine whether we're seeing a significant uptick in them in over the long term, but we certainly are in the short term,” McGraw told KTLA. “A lot of anger, a lot of rage that has been stoked, and an awful lot of weapons were sold during that period of time too. You add those things together and you got a recipe for atrocities, large and small.”

Man Charged In Freeway BB Gun Shooting Denies Attacks In Jailhouse Interview
A jailed suspect pleaded not guilty to charges on Tuesday, and denies any involvement in a series of BB gun shootings that shattered windows of about 100 vehicles on Southern California freeways. Jesse Leal Rodriguez was arrested last week and charged with attempted murder and other crimes in connection with a BB gun attack that broke a window of a Tesla. The charges deal only with a single attack and not the many other similar attacks on dozens of vehicles in recent weeks. All the incidents are under investigation, and more charges could be filed in the future, prosecutors said Friday. In a jailhouse interview with the Southern California News Group, Rodriguez denied being involved in any of the shootings. “I didn't do any of them,” he said. “Not one person has reported that they saw me shoot.” The Riverside County District Attorney's Office declined to directly address his statements. Rodriguez is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday. The 34-year-old said he doesn't have an attorney. 

California Saw More Active Shooters Than Any Other State Over Past 20 Years, FBI Data Shows
California, the most populous state in the nation and home to some of its strictest gun laws, was also the site of the most active shooter incidents over the past two decades, according to a new FBI report. The Golden State saw 42 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2019, a figure more than 50% higher than the 27 shootings recorded in Florida, the state with the second-highest number of such attacks. The data, released Tuesday, was included as part of the largest FBI report of its kind, drawing on demographics, location and other data from 333 active shooter incidents throughout the nation. Among these incidents, 135 qualified as what the FBI defined as a “mass killing,” meaning there were three or more slayings in a single event. A total of 2,851 people nationwide were killed during the shootings, not including the shooters themselves. The report comes in the wake of yet another deadly attack by an active shooter in California, when a disgruntled San Jose light rail employee fatally gunned down nine coworkers on Wednesday before turning the gun on himself. 
San Francisco Chronicle

California Handgun Sales Surged During Pandemic Lockdowns. Here Are The Numbers
Californians bought about 920,000 handguns from March 2020 through April 2021, a 66% increase from the previous 14 months, according to estimates from , a nonprofit journalism organization. Gun sales have trended up in California for several years but, in the past, surges have been driven by long gun sales, particularly after mass shootings or before the implementation of new gun control measures. During the pandemic, however, handgun sales rose faster than long gun sales. Eight of the 12 months with the most California handgun sales since 2000 occurred during the pandemic. Compared to the prior 14 months, there were an additional 365,000 handguns sold during the pandemic lockdowns. There were an additional 183,000 long guns sold during pandemic lockdowns compared to the prior 14 months. Most Americans who bought a gun during the pandemic said they did so as a protection against crime, according to a recent survey by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern University.
Sacramento Bee

Phoenix Police Officer Dies In Crash With Red-Light Runner
A Phoenix police officer died after being hit by a driver who ran a red light and also died, authorities said Tuesday. The crash happened Monday night after 27-year-old Officer Ginarro New entered an intersection and his police SUV was hit by another car, Phoenix police said in a statement. The impact sent the police SUV through a brick wall and it came to rest on its side in a parking lot, the statement said. Firefighters extricated New from the car and took him to a hospital but he died of his injuries. Images from local media showed New's car mangled with most of the back half torn off. The other driver, a 30-year-old man, was pronounced dead and his identity was not released. Preliminary evidence indicated the car driver was speeding, police said. New joined the department in July 2019, police spokeswoman Sgt. Ann Justus said. He is survived by a his wife, mother, brother and grandmother.
Associated Press

San Francisco Homeless Man's Assault On Cop Shows Dangers Of Police Staff Shortages, Progressive Agenda: Union
Severe staffing shortages at the San Francisco Police Department, paired with the local prosecutor's "criminal-first agenda" is creating a dangerous situation on city streets headed into the summer months, union president Tony Montoya said after one of his officers – left patrolling alone in Chinatown – was violently tackled to the ground by a homeless man until bystanders intervened. "I'm very concerned," Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, told Fox News. "If it's not safe for the police officers right now, what should the general public feel?" Security camera footage released by the union showed several bystanders rushing to pry the homeless man off the female officer before police backup arrived. The officer, whose name has not been released, is of Asian descent and the incident is under investigation as a possible hate crime. She was left patrolling the area alone, without her partner due to staffing shortages, the union said. "You have hastily and poorly written legislation that is causing people to leave the profession early, not want to enter the profession," Montoya told Fox News over the phone. "There's a lot of media coverage, especially more so this past year on law enforcement, and people are saying, 'I don't want to subject myself to that type of scrutiny,' or family members are discouraging them from applying."
FOX News

Public Safety News

LA County Firefighters Rescue Man That Fell 150 Feet From Cliff In Topanga
Los Angeles County Firefighters rescued a man who fell approximately 150 feet down a cliff in Topanga near the intersection of Callon Drive and Sylvania Lane Monday. According to LA County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett, the call about the injured man came in at about 1:05 p.m. The man, who's name has not been released, was airlifted off the cliff and transported to a hospital in critical condition. It was unclear how the accident occurred, but Pickett said the scene was cleared by 2:40 p.m.

LAFD Extinguishes Garage Fire, Finds Apparent Cannabis Operation
Firefighters extinguished a fire inside an attached garage, keeping the flames from burning the home, and then discovered what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation, authorities said. The fire was reported at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday at 17351 Nordhoff St., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. In the rubble of the garage, a generator and a large fuel tank were discovered, leading firefighters to believe the residents of the three-bedroom home were involved in the cannabis operation, Humphrey said. The legality of the cannabis operation is under investigation by Los Angeles police. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

70% Of Adult Californians Are Partially Vaccinated Against COVID-19
One month ahead of the target date set by the Biden administration, California has now at least partially vaccinated 70% of its adult residents against COVID-19. Clearing that hurdle is a vital development as the state prepares to fully reopen later this month. The progress, however, comes alongside a significant drop in the number of people seeking their first vaccine shot. At the peak, providers statewide were administering about 400,000 vaccine doses per day. Over the last week, an average of about 141,000 shots have been doled out daily, according to data compiled by The Times. Although dose figures gathered over the weekend might be low due to reporting lags because of the holiday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week that the state was seeing a significant drop in people starting their vaccine regimens. He noted the trend meant an even larger drop was on the horizon. “It's those first doses, those first shots, that are way down,” he said. “And so you can see that cliff coming in the next week or two.”
Los Angeles Times

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